Whether you're parenting, teaching, or temporarily watching over a troubled child, it's important to understand how they react to the world and how you can help them feel safe.
CHILDREN ACTING OUT
Are you worried about how to tell your child's school about your divorce? Read this expert parenting advice about how to help your child through your divorce.
What are we teaching? Children learn from us (and others), when we model a particular behavior, not from us telling them what to do. Ironically, we do much more telling than modeling. What sense does it make to punish a child for taking another’s toy if they have not yet learned the concept of sharing?
Worrying about your kids doesn't always make you a good parent. This psychologist shares her personal story about parenting and the lessons she picked up along the way. Read on and learn how to truly connect with your child.
You can improve communication in your parent-child relationship by using your children's bad behavior as teachable moments, not opportunities for punishment.
The beginning of a new school year is a big stressor for children. While parents are well-intentioned, many contribute to the problem by placing too-high expectations on their kids. A personal development coach has some advice for teaching our youth to enjoy the ride.
To spank or not to spank continues to be a controversial issue. Many believe that the lack of “spare the rod, spoil the child” is the reason children are running amok in our world today. I grew up with and understand their beliefs. Like so many other people who got spankings I grew up to be a competent, responsible adult, which is part of the rationale for believing that spankings work. Yet, the down side of the ‘spankings’ many receive is that they learn to fear authority and fear their own decisions and abilities.
As a Parent Coach and Radio Host, I am often questioned by “experts” and other parents in regard to my feelings on the latest “Hot Topics” of Parenting. These days, the hottest of them all are: Electronics use, Getting kids off the couch, Chores and Discipline. In my opinion, they all kind of intertwine, and how we handle one of them is how we handle all of them. And I think I handle them pretty much the way mom did.
I recently read an article by Nick Bilton in the New York Times http://nyti.ms/Y7Qk7R entitled “The Child, the Tablet and the Developing Mind.” He writes on technology and the “Bits” blog for the Times. I was particularly struck by his response to a question his sister asked. She was talking about how she lets her children use iPads at the dinner table when she doesn’t want to.
One woman's story about her young sons' exposure to Internet porn shows the impact it can have on future views and sexual behaviors. An Australiastudy found that watching porn during childhood decreases sexual arousal in adulthood, requiring more intense erotic acts to stimulate orgasm. How should parents respond to porn availability in the Internet age?
Does my child have an attention or behavioral problem? Parents, teachers, and many health professionals are often at a loss when it comes to identifying and modifying problematic childhood behavior. The nuances of child behavior are just like those of adult behavior. How does one define what is genuinely problematic and indicative of a larger problem? When parents and their children are referred to my practice for attention, concentration, behavioral, or underachievement problems, a thorough assessment ensues. Many parents have tried a multi
They sat around the dining room table, playing Candyland--the mother, the grandmother, the 4 ½ year old boy and his 2 ½ year old sister. There was laughter and enthusiasm and good will. Then the little sister had had enough of being sedentary and attentive. She scooped up all the pieces, shoveled them over to herself and yelled, “All mine.” There was a quiet moment, and, then, the little boy stamped his hand on the table and said, “I hate her.” Without pause, the Mom said in an indignant fashion, “You don’t hate her, you love h
Adults love to give kids warnings when a rule is broken and would love to believe warnings are a highly compassionate method of parenting, a reflection of our loving and kind humanity. But guess what? Warnings may be the farthest thing from true compassion. Though almost always well-intentioned, warnings will routinely backfire. Here are the main reasons why:
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.
When I was a child, it seemed like every adult in my zip code had an uncanny skill for making a “mountain out of a molehill.” In other words, of taking the smallest shred of negativity and amplifying all the tyranny and rottenness that shred of negativity may have implied. Before I go any further, let me give credit where credit is due. Exaggeration—the ability to weave a grand story out of next to nothing—is a very creative endeavor. It takes a keen eye, creative determination, and a lofty ability to wax poetic on all that is wrong.
I am a firm believer that divorce can be a really wonderful thing for children as they no longer have to put up with a relationship that is going sour day in, day out. There is however, a false assumption that children need to be with both parents, and I actually don’t think this is true either. Who is to say that staying in an unhappy marriage is less harmful as taking action to end it?