Children are much more aware of their environment than we often give them credit for. In many cases, they take on the caretaking role for a parent who is suffering from addiction or mental illness. Your marriage isn't the only thing affected.
Mental illness is complex and can be difficult to understand — especially when it affects the act of parenting. Children experience a plethora of emotions and reactions to a parent's mental illness that should be addressed.
Audrey Pott, Rehtaeh Parsons, Martin Richard from the Boston Marathon bombing and other children like them should not have their lives reduced to the headlines surrounding their tragic deaths. And yet, how can these parents cope with the deaths of their children and come to a sense of peace?
Imagine a scene where you are laughing and having fun with the children in your life? Can you picture the joy you will feel when there is no stress or disharmony? Is it possible to have that quality time with your family and children in your circle of influence? You will think more positively after you have read these three easy steps to really enjoy children.
It's unthinkable that when you send your child off to school you would ever receieve a call such as those parents in Newtown, CT did on December 14th. It's a parents worst nighmare. My heart aches for those families, as I know everyone's does. As a parent or one who works with children, you may face difficult questions. It is important that you address the topic with your child even if they don't bring it up - they most definitely have heard about it.
On one level, this is just one more tragedy in a series of tragedies that have occurred in our country. On another level, the victims here were considerably younger. Additionally, Newton, CT was also severely affected by Superstorm Sandy. However, the impact of a tragedy this large ripples across the country and beyond.
I used to think that if something didn’t turn out right (cake batter or laundering a stained blouse, say) the way to apply a fix was to add something. More flour to the batter. An applique over the stain. I’d like to say those solutions worked, but we both know better. So why do we seek to add a BIG COMPLICATION to an already-complicated situation? I’m not talking returning a dog to the pound because he digs under the fence. Or changing your mind about that four grand worth of furniture.
In the 1960’s, Filial Therapy began as a dramatic challenge to prevailing approaches for mental health services for children. Not only did Filial Therapy include parents but Bernard G. Guerney, Jr. and his wife, Louise Fisher Guerney (the originators of Filial Therapy) believed that training parents to learn child-centered play therapy was an effective way to treat child problems.
Are you a busy mom who is constantly trying to feed herself, her kids and her husband — all while making healthy choices? And then your kids' friends come over and you find yourself having even more mouths to feed? There are few things more frustrating than finding yourself strapped for time at the end of a long day, with no idea of what to make.
Research shows that play is not only important, but crucial for healthy child development. Free and imaginative play is all too often substituted these days with scheduled activities, team sports and computer or TV time. Overscheduling our children has a negative impact on their healthy social, educational and emotional development. While many parents believe starting their children young in these activities and getting them to read as early as possible will give them an "edge", research has shown the exact opposite to be true. Children need th
A study published in the July issue of the journal Pediatrics discovered a link between adult-onset mental health disorders — including substance abuse and anxiety — and childhood physical punishment — including spanking — thereby begging the question: How should parents discipline their kids?
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