Separation is a challenging time for many parents because it is an adjustment to a new way of life. There are both positive and negative factors to separation and the corresponding changes, but one of the issues that can arise is the differences that parents may have in the ways that they parent the children. The key point or focus that parents need to address is that they must put the best interests of the children first, and that their role is to continue to be the best possible parents[...]
It is important to teach kids how to handle failure and disappointment. Like every parent I know, I want only the best for my kids. I want them to succeed and to be happy, and I am willing to help them in this- as appropriate, of course. But I’ve also realized over the years, that for my kids to be truly happy and successful adults, they also need to learn how to handle failure. And I’d rather they learn about failure and how to handle it now, when we as[...]
Do you need help unspoiling your kid? “You need to buy me…” “I need…” “I want…” “Give me…” We hear these phrases so many times a day that it’s easy to just let them wash right over you. But should you be paying closer attention? Is there a chance your children have become too spoiled living in the land of Target where instant gratification isn’t fast enough? And if the kids are spoiled is there anything you can do?
What should you do when your child’s sleeping patterns change? I’ve always been something of a stickler about the bedtime routine. The kids have them for a reason, I think, and we remain committed to them. But even with very good consistency, we still go through phases when the same old routine doesn’t quite work as well for various environmental or developmental reasons. What to do in these phases is hard to know. Do we stick with the routine as it has stood? Or do we tweak it? Is there[...]
It’s rejuvenating to become one with nature while breathing some fresh air. So, grab the kids and hit the trails. Don’t expect to get the workout you’re used to, but do expect to have some good ‘ol family fun. Here are a few tips to make your hike more enjoyable.
Improving social skills If your child has no friends, you may be wondering what you can do help them through this difficult time. Is there anything more painful than watching your child struggle to make friends? When your child cries to you that the other kids don’t like her, what should you do?
Does your children’s behavior embarrass you while shopping? Do your children appear to be oblivious to rules and consequences while in public places? Do you intentionally avoid bringing your children with you to public places in fear of developing extreme frustration and anger? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please consider the following: