From the moment you hold your child, you promise yourself that you’ll do everything you can to make sure they are safe. You prepare them for their first step, for their first day school, and their first heartbreak — but what about their first exposure to drugs and alcohol? Continue reading
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Computer games, handheld electronic games, and television cartoon shows are contributing to a nation of pint-sized couch potatoes. Parents are concerned that the influence over their children, held by advertising companies and technology, is stronger than their own influence. Many parents are looking for positive ways to encourage their children to adopt healthier lifestyles while they are young. Continue reading
Bullying can affect children, teens, and adults of all walks of life. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, however, can be particularly vulnerable to bullying. Bullying occurs among children in all grade levels, but the data shows the most severe bullying tends to affect those in 5th to 8th grade. Continue reading
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
Being a successful parent begins with one of the hardest aspects of being a parent, which is getting a child to listen to the person that is caring for them. A few simple tips will increase the communication levels without causing any excess amounts of stress or uncomfortableness for either the parent or the child. Continue reading
It is easy for children to become disrespectful, especially when it seems that so many other people, including adults, are acting in a disrespectful manner. You are the most significant influence in the life of your child, so above all, make sure you become an example of how to act respectfully.
As a teenager, I have had fights with my parents, and probably will in the future. It is my teen nature. They will say the wrong thing and so will I. It is a process. And if you’re the first child, it’s not just a process for you, but also a new process for them. But what I have learned is that they do understand, even though most of the time we teens say they don’t. Continue reading
You can call them disagreements, tiffs or discussions, but most of the time they are downright arguments. And why do we have these arguments? It appears to be a natural part of the parent-teen dynamic. It seems no matter how much we try to avoid them, they do happen. Continue reading
In today’s society, respect is often seen as optional and not required. “If they don’t respect me, I’m not going to respect them” is often the prevalent attitude. How can you raise your children to be different in such a society? While it may be difficult, it’s not impossible to raise children to be kind and respectful and considerate of others. Continue reading
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
The most important thing that parents should do for their children is to show them that you love them, and tell them that they will always be loved. Some children fear that their misbehavior will cause their parents to stop loving them. If you include your children in every part of your life, your children will know that you love them completely. This kind of involvement is the best way to prevent misbehavior.
It is never too early to teach children the basics of emotional intelligence, and once they begin to recognize their own feelings, empathize with others, and manage conflict effectively, they are well on their way to creating a healthy social life.
Staying involved as a parent is important, especially with teenagers. When you ask questions to obtain a better understanding of your teen’s social life, you show how much you care. If you aren’t always successful in getting your teen to open up, don’t give up on asking questions!
It’s not always what a parent wants that is most important. Developing a child’s self-esteem is a parenting responsibility and steps should be made from birth to make sure the child feels good about himself. Continue reading
No parent wants to learn that their child is being bullied. No longer just playground harassment, bullying has moved into the twenty-first century with scare tactics on social media websites, text messages, and emails. 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.
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
If parents can change their views and practices to insure that the food their children eat is healthier, then they will have taken a very important first step in raising healthy children. Toddlers especially learn by watching their parents and other adults and copying what they see. The trends towards obesity in children can change if we start early establishing healthy eating habits.
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.