Do you want to make some positive changes to your family dynamics or do you want to decrease communication and increase dysfunction? Family meetings can be functional and productive if you follow a few rules.
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.
The danger with making inner vows about parenting is that they inhibit normal growth: They cause extremes. After living in a strict environment, Will Smith has shared that his parenting style is the opposite of his father's: He doesn't believe in discipline and punishment.
With my first daughter, I was certain I would treasure each and every memory forever. Four years later, I'm having trouble keeping track of those same special moments with my other two children. But if there's one thing I've learned as a mom of three, it's that I need to let go of the guilt and focus on what really matters.
I had a tremendous childhood. Yes, I had moments when I hated my parents…those sobbing in your room mumbling barely audible statements like “I wiiiish shhhee would get hiiiiit by a buuuus and Diiiiiiiie!” Because I was asked to do the unthinkable and clean my room or do my math home work before I could go out with my friends. But all in all, I had it pretty good.
Frequently I help my clients work through problems with their grown children. Sometimes, an offspring is angry about something, and the parent is at a loss for what is wrong or what to do about it. These struggles often have their seeds in things that happened long ago, when the child was young. Even parents who love their children and try to do the right thing can make mistakes, and some parents let their issues—struggles with spouses, stresses of single parenting, fears about money or social disapproval—skew their child-related decisions.
April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. Despite such emphasis on early identification, a lot of parents and pediatricians remain ill--informed about the early signs as well as treatment options. Treatment for Autism should include the entire family, as the family requires thorough understanding of the disorder and must be actively engaged in the administration of social and behavioral treatment interventions. Interventions focused only on the Autistic child are a disservice to the family and will not yield optimal results.
Kids notice differences in other people. They are not "colorblind" as some adults like to pretend, and thank God, since all of our many differences are such an important part of our individual and cultural identities. And while it's perfectly natural for kids to notices racial differences, they do not naturally judge one set of characteristics as superior or preferred, until some adult teaches them to prefer certain characteristics.
Have you sufficiently bored your child with tales of your summer jobs past — peeling potatoes, recycling pop bottles for coins, lifeguard drama or walking bean rows uphill both ways? Probably, but it's only because you know from experience that the benefits of a summer job far outweigh the paycheck anyone receives.
Parents seem to spend a great deal of time worrying about and developing their children's intellectual skills and athletic prowess. These are worthy pursuits, yet they alone probably won't help your children navigate the often-challenging world that they will soon face.