Learn what to say and do when your child sees television images of destruction and human tragedy resulting from a natural disaster. We can help them learn that “around the world” is a long way away, yet still very much a part of our neighborhood. 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.
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
What are you going to say when you hear the Santa question? Be ready by reading this article. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sometimes myths are just that – myths. And that may include the concept of “spoiling” children. This article includes some interesting professional observations about this topic from the vantage point of child development, parenting techniques and useful tools. Continue reading
We want our children to be creative thinkers and share their ideas. Yet, we don’t always applaud when they publicly state opinions about school rules or challenge a teacher’s grading system. We want our teens to start thinking for themselves, but we often chastise them when those thoughts reveal beliefs that are contrary to our family morals or societal norms. Continue reading