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
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
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.
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.
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.
True confidence is a feeling of inner security. Confident people do not feel the need to compare themselves to others or to belittle the accomplishments of anyone else. Raise children with secure confidence tempered by humbleness, and they will be well-adjusted adults. Continue reading
A recent report from the Pew Research Center found that the parents who friended their children on Facebook were most likely to talk to their teens about online safety. On the other hand, the survey found that these parents were much more likely to experience conflict with their teens about social media. Continue reading
Raising generous children is a process, and there will be times when you’ll experience disappointment and dismay at your child’s selfish impulses. However, if you continue modeling the behaviors you want to encourage, helping your child remember to think of others before herself, and talking about lapses in judgment, you’ll be teaching her the right lessons.
The holidays are a time of giving, but kids often think the holidays are all about what they are going to get. Battling your child’s natural selfish inclinations isn’t easy, but it is worth it. Take some time this holiday season to win the battle for their attitudes. The rewards will stretch far beyond the holidays. Continue reading
Some kids learn by listening; others learn by doing. Geoff Mulgan gives a short introduction to the Studio School, a new kind of school in the UK where small teams of kids learn by working on projects that are, as Mulgan puts it, “for real.” Underlying it all are the very simple ideas that large numbers of teenagers learn best by doing things, they learn best in teams and they learn best by doing things for real — all the opposite of what mainstream schooling actually does. Continue reading
Ali Carr-Chellman pinpoints three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain. Continue reading