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
Learning the effective methods of parenting is vital to the happiness and health of your child. If you have never given thought to your parenting style, it is never too late to adapt to a healthy style of parenting. After all, effective parenting does not come naturally; it is learned.
Parents may want to consider a few reasons why giving in to their child’s unruly behavior is not going to benefit themselves or their child in the long run. First of all, when a child whines and cries for fifteen minutes before their parent caves in to their demands, they’ve learned the exact amount of time they need to whine and cry to get their parents to cooperate. 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
Attachment Parenting is an approach to raising children in which there are no hard and fast rules. There are general guidelines to pull from, but parents don’t need to follow all of them to participate in this parenting style. By listening to their children, following their instincts, and using certain ideas as tools to choose from, parents can build the best environment possible for their own unique family. 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
While children do have short attention spans on most days, practicing meditation will help them develop into adults who are calm, centered, and self-aware. This will help them to become more well-rounded and less stressed individuals. 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
Changing the world around us is really as simple as changing ourselves and the things in our immediate environment. Equip your children for their future by teaching them valuable principles by which they can independently make their world a better place to live. Continue reading
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.
Take the time to contemplate some of your underlying beliefs regarding parenting. Question these and other myths that you may be subscribing to and re-evaluate whether or not they are reasonable. It may just help you approach parenting in a new, more enjoyable way.
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
A parent’s neurotic behavior serves as a blueprint after which a child will model their own lives. The unfortunate outcroppings of teaching a child to give in to inappropriate fears are wide ranging. At the very least, children suffer from a sense of powerlessness, lack of confidence, and low self-esteem. The worst cases, however, are characterized by debilitating levels of anxiety, chronic clinical depression, and suicidal tendencies. 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
Becoming mindful is, indeed, a simple concept, but it is not always an easy task to accomplish. The reason for the difficulty is that our brains have been conditioned to put all of our attention on past events or fretfully construct and contemplate our future. Continue reading