As parents, we all want to help our children develop positive self esteem. In doing so, we need to create a healthy foundation for them to grow within and succeed. Sometimes, it can be difficult to instill self-esteem within our children, if we do not possess a positive self image ourselves. Remember parents, children model what they observe. If we are not healthy role models for our children then our children may internalize negative self worth.
"Fill in the blank: when it comes to disciplining their stepchildren, stepparents should _________." We asked the experts this question, and 62% agree: stepparents should discipline their steppkids as they would their own children. What else does it take to be a great stepparent? Here's what they had to say:
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
Anyone who has ever tried to coparent with someone after a breakup or divorce knows that it's… kind of the worst thing ever.
When you're "Yes"-ing your kid to death on your way to drop him off at school because he's going on and on about some stupid dinosaur he saw on TV that sang this song and wore this hat and met this friend, you may be wondering if you're a bad mom. You are, but it's totally OK.
How many times have you felt frustrated with your child’s behavior and simply exploded in anger, saying things that you regretted later? How many times have you asked yourself if you were in the right track raising your child? I always ask my client’s parents what they want for their children as they journey into adulthood. It is very clear to me that they all want the same thing: a reliable, responsible and happy adult. Someone who is accomplished, emotionally balanced, socially and emotionally intelligent.
Spanking is one of those hot button parenting topics and most people have a strong belief on one side or the other. When considering discipline methods, I always talk to parents about 1) what are you teaching your child 2) are you modeling the behavior you want your child to emulate and 3) what is the long term impact/consequence of the discipline method you are employing.
Do you find yourself fighting the urge to say to your teen, "Been there, done that. Let me show you how it's done"? I do, too... although looking back to my younger days, I can honestly say that I learned the most when I had to solve things myself. (On a personal note, my children were amazed to hear that when I studied abroad during my junior year of college, I was only able to call home three times. There were no cell phones, no computers or email, and it cost $40 for a 20-minute phone call, which I had to make from the post office.
Ours was a typical anorexic story. My child could not control the outrageous, tedious and irrelevant abundance of homework she was being given in her teaching program. Nor could she control the fact that the district threw her into a classroom with no supervision, no help and no preparation, as if she had already completed her student teaching. Mine was a good child and she wanted to do her best, but between teaching three classes and taking a full load of classes herself, it was nearly impossible to control anything in her life.
School success Depends on Developing your Child's Self-Control Muscle More than any other factor, having self-control helps your child succeed in school and future work. Their self-control helps them keep distractions to a minimum, get tasks done on time, and use study time effectively.
7 Ways To Parent Better Teamwork What responsibilities do you and your spouse take on as parents? It’s important to find your style of parenting with teamwork. How do you help each other? Do you have to ask or is it just expected? It’s important to communicate with one another what your strengths are as parents because it will be easier to divide up tasks.
I often work with parents who report that they are struggling with gaining their childs cooperation and that their child doesn't "listen". Usually, when I ask for a specific example what I find out is that it is the parent who was not listening to the child, but not intentionally. Children, particularly younger ones, communicate through their behavior which is often misunderstood by their parents. Let me explain with an example. One weekend our family was out furniture shopping and my then 3 year old daughter needed to go to the restroom.
One of the most damaging things you can do to your child is to use them as an object of your anger. Here is a list of dos and don'ts that can assist you in parenting in a way that best protects your children while you are going through your divorce.
It was a typical Sunday morning in our house. My husband woke up at 8 a.m., made coffee and went outside to cut the grass. The kids were sleeping and I was sitting in bed reading a magazine. My son, Jacob, woke about ten minutes later, just as I was getting into the good part of an article — typical when you have a 5-year-old. Two minutes later, my 3-year-old daughter, Lindsay, found her way into our bed, as well. I tickled their stomachs. We had a pillow fight and we laughed and laughed. It became what we call in our house a "cuddle fest." It was the best moment of my week. Little did I know that three hours later, I would experience the worst moment of my life.