What if you saw your children differently? Would it affect how your treat them?
What if you saw your child for who she is rather than who you want her to be?
What if you saw your child as being in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing, right now? Continue reading
Caring for a child while working from home may be ambitious, but it is not impossible. By recognizing the challenges and establishing a strategy, you can make it work to your benefit and the benefit of your child.
Without being able to relate the feeling to any kind of previous experience, a teenager can be overwhelmed by depression. It may become impossible to see any future beyond its dim and gloomy shadow. This is a place where we as parents can share some of our own experience as a way of bridging the gulf. Continue reading
Most people associate bullying with the more physical violence of hitting, shoving, and other more overt forms of abuse and intimidation. But some children become bullies through a subtler, more secretive pathway to bullying; an insidious form of bullying that can remain almost hidden to the outside world. Continue reading
More so even than school programs, public service messages, and the threat of the law, parents can wield the strongest influence over their kids in this matter. We just need to be honest about our concerns, firm about our expectations, and able to communicate in a way that inspires conversation and sharing rather than reactions. Continue reading
Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by an extreme sense of superiority and grandiose thinking. When a narcissist becomes a parent, the results can be especially damaging to the child. Coupling the inflated ego of a narcissist with parenthood often has disastrous results. Continue reading
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. Continue reading
Attachment Parenting is an approach to raising children in which there are no hard and fast rules. There are general guidelines to pull from, but parents don’t need to follow all of them to participate in this parenting style. By listening to their children, following their instincts, and using certain ideas as tools to choose from, parents can build the best environment possible for their own unique family. Continue reading
We need to protect the lives of our innocent children. Childhood diseases are coming back because people trust that other parents will immunize, and thereby their own children will be safe. The bottom line is none of us are safe if everyone is not immunized. Continue reading
Before making the decision not to vaccinate children against childhood diseases, parents should familiarize themselves with the diseases vaccines prevent and what the consequences would be if their child developed it. They should also understand the risks and side-effects of vaccinations. Continue reading
Whether you decide to become involved in organized child advocacy efforts, or you chose to keep a watchful eye on the children in your neighborhood, we can each play a role in making the world a safer place for our children. Continue reading
With the number of children living in poverty on the rise even in wealthy nations, it is imperative to understand the long-term physical and psychological implications that are associated with living in a chronic state of scarcity and need. Continue reading
Need incentive to remove the TV from your child’s bedroom? You’ll find it here.
The TV is a stranger in your child’s bedroom influencing, guiding, directing, and causing the Great Family Disconnect. There is NO good reason not to GET IT OUT OF THERE, NOW! Continue reading
The reality is that bullying, mass school shootings and gang violence are inflicted and directed toward our youth on a random basis. This aggressive behavior is the foundation for the one of the escalating problems that our youth are facing everyday. Youth between the ages of 12 and 24 have the highest risk of being victims of violence. Continue reading
Parental illness or disability can have devastating effects on children. Through open communication and understanding the emotions of a child, these effects can be managed and minimized as much as possible.
You want to have kids, and for one reason or another, having your own is not in the plan. So now you’re considering adopting. Becoming a foster parent is one path to adoption and there are many children in the foster care system waiting for a family. Continue reading
“When it comes to damage, there is no real difference between physical, sexual and emotional abuse. All that distinguishes one from the other is the abuser’s choice of weapons.” – Andrew Vachss. There are many formal, accepted definitions of child mistreatment. The information in this article is intended as a basic guide to understanding child abuse and neglect. Continue reading
We receive many messages from the media, talk shows, television and the Internet regarding the existence of childhood sexual abuse. Unfortunately, there is not an equivalent amount of information on how to talk to your child about sexual abuse and how to prevent it. Most parents never think about talking to their child, and it is very common to be uncomfortable while talking to your child about this topic. Why not give your child all of the information they need to protect themselves? Continue reading
Kids don’t even have to walk to each other’s house to socialize these days; they can send text messages instead. Then there’s the allure of the television set. The first things some kids do when they come home from school is to park themselves in front of the “boob tube” where they’re glued until dinnertime, snacking while they watch their favorite television shows.
Every young person will respond to drugs in ways that are particular to their temperaments and physiology. The key thing to look for is abrupt changes in behavior. Mood swings, for example, can be a giveaway. Your teen may be withdrawn and isolated one moment and then overly talkative and animated the next. Continue reading