Parenting Issues

Tips for Getting a Child to Listen

Tips for Getting a Child to Listen

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

The Line between Love and Disagreements – A Teen Perspective

The Line between Love and Disagreements – A Teen Perspective

Teenager Take:
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

The Line between Love and Disagreements – A Parent Perspective

The Line between Love and Disagreements – A Parent Perspective

Parent Take:
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

Bullying and Substance Abuse

Bullying and Substance Abuse

Bullying transcends childish acts such as teasing, rough housing or joking around. It can be a dangerous activity with devastating physical and psychological effects. It’s a prominent risk factor for substance abuse and addiction, but the person being bullied isn’t the only one at risk. Continue reading

Life Lessons from Lightning McQueen

Life Lessons from Lightning McQueen

If you have a young child in your home, then you are probably familiar with Lightning McQueen. Even if you do not have children, you may simply be a fan of animated movies. In either case, you would know that Lightning McQueen is the anthropomorphic race car that stars in the Cars movie series and related videos. While the primary audience for Cars consists of preschoolers and elementary school students, there are life lessons presented that are relevant for all ages. Continue reading

Practical Tips for Re-Establishing Boundaries With Your Teen

Practical Tips for Re-Establishing Boundaries With Your Teen

If there is one hot button to be aware of it is this; teenagers will test the resolve of their parents until breaking point. They will break you down, until you give up. Therefore, you need to be consistent, even during times when your teen is gradually wearing you down to the point of making you want to pull your hair out or shout at the top of your lungs. Continue reading

Why Do So Many Teenage Boys Rebel Against Their Mothers?

Why Do So Many Teenage Boys Rebel Against Their Mothers?

When a teen-aged boy vents a lot of anger towards his mother, or uses abusive language with her, it can be seen as a desperate attempt on his part to create some space for himself. He simply needs more room to breathe. This isn’t meant to suggest that parents should condone that sort of behavior. But we can better understand why our kids are acting out if we’re able to see how it fulfills an inner need. Continue reading

Fathers and Sons in Times of Uncertainty

Fathers and Sons in Times of Uncertainty

Troubling periods in our lives can always be fruitful bonding opportunities. Such experiences can make us grateful for what we have. They can open our eyes to the beauties of small moments that we may normally miss. Boys instinctively lean towards their fathers when life feels uncertain. Continue reading

The Current Gang Culture – This is Not “West Side Story”

The Current Gang Culture – This is Not “West Side Story”

Evil prevails when good men and women do nothing, and nothing changes unless we accept that there is a problem. We are long overdue to engage in an honest, open and frank national dialogue about what we can do to address the threat that gangs pose to the societal, emotional and spiritual health of our country. Continue reading

Some Good Sound Christmas Advice (For All Year)

Some Good Sound Christmas Advice (For All Year)

Your children need to hear that they have a great future ahead of them, that being different is a GOOD thing. Praise them. Value what’s important. Make 2013 radically different–you can change your family tree and break these generational patterns for good. But it doesn’t happen without you taking action. Continue reading

Dealing with Lying: The Do’s and Don’ts

Dealing with Lying: The Do’s and Don’ts

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

Sharing Our Spiritual Beliefs with Our Children

Sharing Our Spiritual Beliefs with Our Children

Our deep beliefs regarding what is sacred in living and dying will strongly influence how we live day to day. Exposing this part of ourselves to our children can form the basis of a powerful bonding experience. Also, it will impart to our young ones some basic tools with which they can begin to build up their own beliefs about life and the larger purpose of it. Continue reading

Helping Preteens Deal With Peer Pressure

Helping Preteens Deal With Peer Pressure

If you have a preteen, then be prepared. Peer pressure usually escalates in middle school and, if your child doesn’t know how to adequately handle it, high school can be brutal. There are a few key ways that you can help your preteen deal with peer pressure better: teach them about what peer pressure is, offer them ways to cope with it, and keep the lines of communication open. Continue reading

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