Because we expect “progress” to mean “improvement,” we sometimes forget that growth means “growing pains” both physically and emotionally for both parent and child. Just as my son’s joints ached as he grew four inches over a summer, so too do we hurt sometimes as we stretch to new heights in our lives together.
Book Summary: Bullied
We live in a society where bullying has become one of the top concerns of parents and educators. Katherine Mayfield’s book “Bullied” isn’t just a book to talk about the face of bullying, but also a user manual for kids and adults that are placed in that situation.
Yelling and Mother’s Guilt
I’m one of those people who is susceptible to every form of Mother’s Guilt. But when I read about a study addressing the negative effects of parents yelling at their teenagers, I decided ENOUGH. I’m resolving to reject this latest guilt trip.
Is Your Child a Success?
Farnoosh Shahrokhshahi’s reaction to the passing grade his son, Aria, earned in math put them both on the Today Show. After seeing this father’s reaction (and the effect it had on his son), Allyson realized again how important it is to understand there are varying definitions of “success”, and to celebrate those successes like crazy.
It’s tempting to sink into despair when your kids can’t seem to get along no matter what you try or when they consistently fall short of your expectations. But just when things get looking pretty bleak on the mothering front, out of nowhere comes a redeeming moment.
How To Teach Children About (*GASP*) Pornography
Maybe some of us don’t think we need to talk about it at all, but the fact is that each of our children will be exposed to pornography at some point in their lives. Here are some helpful ways to start an open dialogue while our children are young.
The $100 Allowance (Part 2)
Last year, Amy Makechnie’s 13-year-old daughter requested a lump sum allowance of $100. So, how did the experiment turn out? Read the follow up to Amy’s popular post.
One-on-One Time with Our Kids: Why We Must and How We Can
It was hard to believe this morning as I was racing to the high school with my oldest daughter and giving her a “talking to” about getting in bed earlier so she wouldn’t miss her bus in the mornings that this time last week we were having the time of our lives together on a […]
Building Grit in our Kids
What’s the key to success? It’s not talent or good looks or social skills. It’s GRIT. Saren shares a story about how she’s working to build grit in her family.
Getting Smart About Your Kid’s Smartphone
Believe me, I wish I didn’t have to deal with the issue. But rather than wallow and whine about all the reasons it’s so hard to raise kids in the 2010’s, I prefer to take charge and make the best of it. And for me, that means getting smart about my children’s smartphones.
Recently, many have been “exposed” to a side of Miley Cyrus that we’d rather not to have seen. How can we teach our daughters about what we feel is good and right while encouraging them to be themselves? How can we teach standards and values that the media seems intent upon trampling?
Introduction to August’s Value: Unselfishness and Sensitivity
It takes real effort on the part of parents, and sometimes a long time for children, to realize that the world does not revolve around them. Check out these tried-and-true methods for teaching children to be a bit less selfish.
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