Bullying transcends childish acts such as teasing, rough housing or joking around. It can be a dangerous activity with devastating physical and psychological effects. It’s a prominent risk factor for substance abuse and addiction, but the person being bullied isn’t the only one at risk. Continue reading
In today’s society, respect is often seen as optional and not required. “If they don’t respect me, I’m not going to respect them” is often the prevalent attitude. How can you raise your children to be different in such a society? While it may be difficult, it’s not impossible to raise children to be kind and respectful and considerate of others. Continue reading
Sporting events are not supposed to cause excess stress and anxiety. On the contrary, they are supposed to be recreational and fun. Evenly balancing stress levels in competitive sports is the key to helping a child receive the positive gains that sporting activities can afford them. Continue reading
The most important thing that parents should do for their children is to show them that you love them, and tell them that they will always be loved. Some children fear that their misbehavior will cause their parents to stop loving them. If you include your children in every part of your life, your children will know that you love them completely. This kind of involvement is the best way to prevent misbehavior.
It is never too early to teach children the basics of emotional intelligence, and once they begin to recognize their own feelings, empathize with others, and manage conflict effectively, they are well on their way to creating a healthy social life.
Staying involved as a parent is important, especially with teenagers. When you ask questions to obtain a better understanding of your teen’s social life, you show how much you care. If you aren’t always successful in getting your teen to open up, don’t give up on asking questions!
It’s not always what a parent wants that is most important. Developing a child’s self-esteem is a parenting responsibility and steps should be made from birth to make sure the child feels good about himself. Continue reading
No parent wants to learn that their child is being bullied. No longer just playground harassment, bullying has moved into the twenty-first century with scare tactics on social media websites, text messages, and emails. Continue reading
Children worry. They get scared. They have strong feelings about war, terrorism, and death. To tell them they have nothing to worry about is to ask them to numb their feelings, push them down, and pretend they don’t exist. In emotional times, children need support. They need adults in their lives who help them work through their feelings in safe ways.
Effective parenting requires an understanding of these normal developmental patterns in teenagers. Equally important, however, is a parent’s ability to understand their own parenting style and the extent to which those styles impact their budding adult. Continue reading
If parents can change their views and practices to insure that the food their children eat is healthier, then they will have taken a very important first step in raising healthy children. Toddlers especially learn by watching their parents and other adults and copying what they see. The trends towards obesity in children can change if we start early establishing healthy eating habits.
Teenage years can be tough. Teenagers are old enough to recognize difficult situations, but too immature to always deal with them effectively. Parents can help by providing resources that teach teens to cope with stress. This can be a challenge to parents during these trying years, but this is the time when your teen needs to know that you really love them no matter what. Even if they appear to shun your affection, they really want and appreciate it.
If parents stay out of the way, siblings really can resolve the majority of their disputes, but in their own way and not without squabbling, and often not exactly as their parents would have wanted. Continue reading
Defiance is the hallmark of strong-willed children and it is also what makes this type of child difficult to parent. Even so, there are many things that a parent can do to understand the willful personality in order to make parenting easier. Continue reading
Many parents consider the strong wills of their children a negative aspect of their personality, but having a strong will can be a definite plus. Strong-willed children are driven, persistent, and have a tendency to think nothing is impossible.
For a child to grow emotionally and intellectually, an expansive body of research suggests that a healthy sense of community plays a vital role. Studies have repeatedly confirmed what people have known by way of common sense all along: children thrive in the presence of loving, reliable relationships with other people. Continue reading
Summary: The internet is a very useful learning tool, but it is also can be hazardous for children. This article summarizes the dangers of the internet, as well as outlining signs that your child may be at risk. Precautions that parents can take are also discussed.
The common use of the internet has brought new challenges for raising kids. Some parents may just want to ban their child from using the internet, but that can keep kids from learning valuable computer skills. This article encourages parents to teach their child how to be smart when using the internet. It includes how to handle social networking sites, teaching kids about internet strangers and gives ideas for establishing rules when kids use the internet.
The specifics of setting boundaries will vary from parent to parent and from child to child. The maturity of the child and the value system of the family will influence what the boundaries are. There are some guiding principles, though, that can help parents determine where the boundaries should be. Continue reading
This article covers twenty-six resolutions to help you begin the New Year with renewed parenting focus and commitment.