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.
Divorce does not have to be a devastating end to your family. It marks the beginning of a new family for you and your children. Focus on creating a new life together. Show your children how to divorce gracefully by eliminating the seven worst things you can say to them during a divorce. Continue reading
People with ADHD typically have trouble getting organized, staying focused, making realistic plans and thinking before acting. They may be fidgety, noisy and unable to adapt to changing situations. Children with ADHD can be defiant, socially inept, or aggressive. Families considering treatment options should consult a qualified mental health professional for a complete review of their child’s behavioral issues and a treatment plan.
Stepparents must realize that even if they marry into a family in which the biological parent is dead or isn’t participating in the children’s lives anymore, the stepparent is not the biological parent and shouldn’t try to be. In that sense, the child who says “You’re not my real parent” is correct. Continue reading
Teens experience a lot of worries and anxieties on the best of days, and these feelings will be intensified when they hear about your divorce. Also, you don’t want them to go completely the other way and shut down emotionally as a way of protecting themselves. Talking will allow them to process their feelings and put their thoughts into some kind of context that makes sense. Continue reading