Although adolescence is a time of change, it doesn’t’ mean that relationships with teens must change for the worse. When parents invite their children to go through the natural process of growing up and make the time to share in the process, the teen years can be a satisfying and rewarding time for the whole family. Continue reading
Young children who are able to handle stress well have a high level of self-esteem, a perceived sense of control, a consistent family life that imposes rules and limits, and open communication with parents and other family members. Continue reading
When it comes to entertainment, there are just some things on television and at the movies that kids shouldn’t see. Parents should strive to control the quality and quantity of their children’s media consumption by paying attention to TV rating systems, setting limits, and employing parental controls.
Even though children shouldn’t have to worry about money, family financial problems often adversely affect kids. The most beneficial thing parents can do to alleviate stress on children is to reinforce that they will be loved and cared for no matter what happens.
Sporting events are not supposed to cause excess stress and anxiety. On the contrary, they are supposed to be recreational and fun. Evenly balancing stress levels in competitive sports is the key to helping a child receive the positive gains that sporting activities can afford them. Continue reading
Effective parenting requires an understanding of these normal developmental patterns in teenagers. Equally important, however, is a parent’s ability to understand their own parenting style and the extent to which those styles impact their budding adult. Continue reading
Teenage years can be tough. Teenagers are old enough to recognize difficult situations, but too immature to always deal with them effectively. Parents can help by providing resources that teach teens to cope with stress. This can be a challenge to parents during these trying years, but this is the time when your teen needs to know that you really love them no matter what. Even if they appear to shun your affection, they really want and appreciate it.
Defiance is the hallmark of strong-willed children and it is also what makes this type of child difficult to parent. Even so, there are many things that a parent can do to understand the willful personality in order to make parenting easier. Continue reading
Many parents consider the strong wills of their children a negative aspect of their personality, but having a strong will can be a definite plus. Strong-willed children are driven, persistent, and have a tendency to think nothing is impossible.
For a child to grow emotionally and intellectually, an expansive body of research suggests that a healthy sense of community plays a vital role. Studies have repeatedly confirmed what people have known by way of common sense all along: children thrive in the presence of loving, reliable relationships with other people. Continue reading
Summary: The internet is a very useful learning tool, but it is also can be hazardous for children. This article summarizes the dangers of the internet, as well as outlining signs that your child may be at risk. Precautions that parents can take are also discussed.
Understanding how morality is developed gives parents an advantage when it comes to introducing and teaching life-enhancing principles that will lead to more success for their offspring. While children may be exposed to many influences in their lives, the members of their immediate family remain the most prominent people responsible for developing good moral foundations. Continue reading
Grandparents serve as important links to our past, as well as giving us healthy social support for our children’s future. They are role models that exemplify and pass along important family values, traditions and beliefs. Most importantly, grandparents quite often are the epitome of unconditional love and acceptance from whom our children can greatly benefit. Continue reading
If you can help your teen appreciate that beauty is more than outward appearance, and that the real world consists of people of various backgrounds, sizes, shapes, and characteristics, then they will automatically begin to positively adjust their perspective of themselves. Continue reading
Homeschooling is becoming more popular with parents for a variety of reasons and, like other options, homeschooling has advantages and disadvantages. Parents should be prepared to make the decision to home school based on understanding the extent of the commitment required. Continue reading
As teens mature, they seek greater independence and autonomy. This causes a natural disdain for authority and resistance to family rules. Parents can help by gradually easing their children into positions of responsibility. Undesirable defiance and other oppositional behavior will naturally diminish as a teen assumes their new self-governing roles. Continue reading
In today’s society, it can be advantageous for parents to seek out alternatives to traditional public education. Concerned parents are always looking for alternative ways to give their children a more secure environment in which to reach academic goals. 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
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
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.