“Just wait until they’re teenagers!” is a phrase often uttered by parents, usually with some degree of dread. People often talk about “having teenagers” like it’s the worst thing that can happen to a person, akin to “having the plague.” The good news is that no one is going to just drop a teenager off at your doorstep one day, complete with a bad attitude and the music you hate. Your teenager is still your child, your helpless newborn whose toes you counted and kissed the day they were born. Continue reading
The stage in which children are no longer babies, but are not yet teens, is one of great developmental strides in cognitive ability. Children also experience a gradual yet dramatic increase in maturity and independence during these years. Continue reading
For parents, those first sleepless days with a newborn are a whirlwind of crying, nursing, and diaper changes. For the newborn, however, this is a time of utmost importance when it comes to growth and learning. From birth to 3 years old, children learn the basics of their world through experiences that set the foundation for the rest of their lives. Continue reading
Do you see the hitting, kicking, and punching between your children day after day and fear that it won’t ever stop? Are you tired of having to tell one of your children to leave the other alone? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, please read on. Continue reading
At some time every parent will have the opportunity, and the need, to support their teenager through a relationship break-up. It is one of the great obstacles on the road to adulthood. Show what a great and sympathetic mom or dad you are by following these tips. Continue reading
It takes time for a parent to create conditions conducive to producing readiness for a smooth transition. It takes time for a child to get used to and embrace a new situation. It takes time for a parent to tune into and respond effectively to a child’s positive and negative reactions to the change. To smooth the transition time for your child, take the time to read and consider the five steps to effective transitions. Continue reading
The style of Parent Talk and the words we use to communicate are critically important to the self-esteem, emotional health, and personal empowerment of our children. There is an undeniable link between the words we use and the attitudes and outcomes those words create in our children’s lives. Words can empower and words can wound. They can nurture or shame, encourage or scold, uplift or bring down. Continue reading
Whether there are actually more predators trying to harm kids, or whether our awareness as a society of these predators has actually increased, more parents are becoming aware of their need to protect their children. Part of the problem with protecting your kids from predators is that, like a lion that sneaks up on its prey in the wilderness, child predators are often good at blending in and not raising people’s suspicions. Continue reading
This recent press release states that though there are challenges, parents and children benefit from co-parenting after divorce. Continue reading
Changing the world around us is really as simple as changing ourselves and the things in our immediate environment. Equip your children for their future by teaching them valuable principles by which they can independently make their world a better place to live. Continue reading
If you or your child know someone who is cutting, make it your top priority to let that person know that you really care. Don’t shame or judge the person, don’t make fun of the person, and don’t treat the person like a freak. Cutters don’t cut for attention, but sometimes paying attention can go a long way in helping a cutter grow strong and happy enough to kick the habit. Above all, if you want to help, become the good listener that the cutter can trust.
The hidden agenda is one of the first difficulties a stepfather runs into. The mother, her children, or both, may have expectations about what you will do, but may not give you a clear picture of what those expectations are. You may have a hidden agenda of your own. You may see your new stepchildren as spoiled and unruly and decide they need discipline. Or, you may find that after years of privacy, a bustling house full of children disrupts your routine. Continue reading
Many teens that survive a suicide attempt have said that they were trying to escape a seemingly impossible situation or avoid unrelenting bad feelings. They say that they don’t want to die as much as they are want relief from painful emotions. Some teens may be feeling rejected, worthless, or they may feel like they are a disappointment to family members. Continue reading
It can be very difficult and embarrassing to discover that your child is a bully. In many cases, the reaction of the parents can actually make the bullying problem worse. Learn what steps you should take if you want to get your child to stop bullying others.
All too often there is a high rate of divorce among the partners in stepfamilies. Take comfort in the fact that confidant stepfamily adult teams can provide the warmth, comfort, inspiration, support, security—and often the love—that adults and kids long for in a stepfamily situation.
There are so many positive outcomes that stem from better lunch programs. Schools can integrate nutrition into their curriculum by teaching kids the delicious ABC’s of good health. School gardens can be cultivated to get kids invested in trying new flavors and the importance of taking care of the land. Continue reading
Would you be surprised to learn that for the first time in history, step families are more common than non-step families? Life in a step family, which modern terminology refers to as a blended family, isn’t always smooth sailing and, in fact, can be quite challenging. Continue reading
Teaching children how to feel empathy can take time and patience. Some children naturally absorb the notion of understanding other’s feelings as they mature, yet all children need parental modeling and other techniques to be able to first feel empathy. This leads to developing the capacity to act with compassion, and eventually to the ability to forgive.
Take the time to contemplate some of your underlying beliefs regarding parenting. Question these and other myths that you may be subscribing to and re-evaluate whether or not they are reasonable. It may just help you approach parenting in a new, more enjoyable way.