Rather than trying to change your partner and fall under the "tyranny of shoulds", work together as a parenting team desiring to raise your child in a stable, loving environment.
Middle school can be a terribly stressful time both for parents and for the child attending middle school. There’s a lot of things that parents are told to watch out for in middle school and I think it might be easy to get too worried and to miss out on things that may be more important for your middle school student. So here are three things that you may be able to cross off of your worry list.
Having fun with your children shouldn't require lots of time and effort. This expert's parenting advice will help you plan and schedule activities to connect with your kids.
Annie came to see me in hopes that she could avoid a divorce. The problem was clear and it was her. She is living up to the role of the wicked stepmother in a blended family. The mother of the children died two years before she met their father, Tim. She met Tim while the children, Trip, then seven and Sarah then nine, were visiting their maternal grandparents for the summer at their summer house on Lake Michigan. She and Tim reveled in the private time they had that summer. They developed into a playful, passionate, sexual team.
This newsletter is a continuation of my last message in which I am attempting to “upgrade” your understanding of the issue of Bullying. To better understand bullying, let’s define it. How we define bullying has an enormous impact on whether we see it as “kids will be kids,” a “rite of passage,” or a reflection of a less humane and violent culture that we have created.
I was out with my wife and son (and dog) last night visiting a friend. We left at around 8pm and my son was hungry and my wife was tired so my son and I walked to our favorite local Mexican on 104th and Lex, El Paso Taqueria. We sat down and of course, he asked for my phone. I said no and that I wanted to know how his first couple of weeks of school have been. He gave the standard one-word responses and told me he’d rather talk about Legends, the new App he downloaded on my iPhone.
You never know what you might say in the heat of the moment. Use the do-over method to work through conflicts with your kids after an argument.
I apologize in advance if I offend anyone, but sometimes the truth hurts and I am going to be completely honest here. I, Michelle Smith IAT, CPD have not only been a babysitter and nanny for over 14 years myself, but as the owner of Embracing Babies Staffing Agency I refer babysitters and nannies out to parent clients for my business.