Blog Archives

Ways to Tell if Your Teen is Experimenting with Drugs

Ways to Tell if Your Teen is Experimenting with Drugs

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 Your teen may be withdrawn and isolated one moment and then overly talkative and animated the next.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

The Challenges and Rewards of Co-Parenting

The Challenges and Rewards of Co-Parenting

Children benefit from their parents’ solidarity. Conflicts, disagreements, and inconsistent behavior amongst the adults can contribute to their insecurities and anxieties. But if two parents are committed to making important decisions together regarding their children, and if they uphold each other in that area, then this kind of stability and reliability will be communicated to the young ones and contribute to their overall emotional health and happiness. Continue reading

Some Good Sound Christmas Advice (For All Year)

Some Good Sound Christmas Advice (For All Year)

Your children need to hear that they have a great future ahead of them, that being different is a GOOD thing. Praise them. Value what’s important. Make 2013 radically different–you can change your family tree and break these generational patterns for good. But it doesn’t happen without you taking action. Continue reading

Childhood Obesity – A Disturbing Trend

Childhood Obesity – A Disturbing Trend

Parents can play a more active role in ensuring their kids have access to healthy foods and that they start the day with a good breakfast. Studies clearly show that kids who eat a nutritious breakfast are less likely to be obese or overweight. Eating meals cooked at home and limiting restaurant and fast-food meals is another way to help kids develop healthy eating habits and ward off obesity. Continue reading

Dealing with Lying: The Do’s and Don’ts

Dealing with Lying: The Do’s and Don’ts

Jason Roberts listened to his son’s explanation of the missing cookies and then called him a liar. Brenda Taylor thought her three-year-old’s lies were cute, so she ignored them. Yee Chen told her daughter that if she told the truth this time, she would let it go. This article discusses ways to help your children develop truth telling as a virtue. Continue reading

Sharing Our Spiritual Beliefs with Our Children

Sharing Our Spiritual Beliefs with Our Children

Our deep beliefs regarding what is sacred in living and dying will strongly influence how we live day to day. Exposing this part of ourselves to our children can form the basis of a powerful bonding experience. Also, it will impart to our young ones some basic tools with which they can begin to build up their own beliefs about life and the larger purpose of it. Continue reading

Helping Preteens Deal With Peer Pressure

Helping Preteens Deal With Peer Pressure

If you have a preteen, then be prepared. Peer pressure usually escalates in middle school and, if your child doesn’t know how to adequately handle it, high school can be brutal. There are a few key ways that you can help your preteen deal with peer pressure better: teach them about what peer pressure is, offer them ways to cope with it, and keep the lines of communication open. Continue reading

Communicating Effectively With Your Teen

Communicating Effectively With Your Teen

Communicative support is a critical developmental factor that adds to the well-being of all children, but it is especially important during the sometimes turbulent teenage years. Teens need their parents to develop the ability to support them with compassion and guide them with understanding. Continue reading

Playing the Sporting Game

Playing the Sporting Game

Softball, soccer, basketball, horseback riding, swimming, hockey, or volleyball—the sport doesn’t matter. The guidelines for parents remain the same. Show support for your child while they are learning or practicing a sport, and consider the following ideas so that they also learn about sportmanship. Continue reading

Cell Phones: How Old Should a Child Be?

Cell Phones:  How Old Should a Child Be?

Cell phones are indeed a novel gadget to have and they are getting cooler by the minute, but in many situations cell phones are being treated like toys. If this is the case in your family and your young child doesn’t absolutely need one for safety, then it may be wise to wait until your child has a more defined sense of responsibility. Continue reading

Six Obstacles to Talking to Your Children About Sex

Six Obstacles to Talking to Your Children About Sex

Don’t leave the sexual education of your children in the hands of the school, television, or their peer group. Seize the teaching moments your children lay before you. Overcome the obstacles listed in this article. Reclaim your role as primary sex educator for your children. Begin today. Continue reading

A Quiz To Determine If You Are A Committed Parent

A Quiz To Determine If You Are A Committed Parent

Are you a committed parent? Do you place family first? Is your success at home as important as the success you achieve in other areas of your life? Would you like to find out just how committed you really are to your children and the role of parenting? If so, take the quiz included in this article. Continue reading