“You’re so smart!” “You’re so creative!” “You’re so . . . [insert convenient, but possibly damaging description here]” The other day during a frantic scramble to get my one-year-old to music class, I watched her perform her latest trick—slipping into her little gym shoes and tightening the Velcro straps all by herself.
Do you notice when your children are being good friends? Or do you only focus on how they performed at their last piano concert or soccer game? YourTango expert Dr. Lisa Kaplin explains why you are giving them all of the wrong lessons about life.
The best and worst advice from some of Hollywood's hottest dads. (Turns out, father doesn't always know best.)
You love your child and want the best for him but do you protect little Timmy too much? Life coach Dr. Lisa Kaplin discusses parenting styles where mom and dad prevent their child from participating in life in fear they will experience disappointment. Read on to see if you're guilty of this and what you can do to give your child the space to make mistakes and grow.
There are a lot of decisions to be made when you become a parent. You have to pick a name for your child, pick their daily wardrobe and most importantly, pick your parenting style. In this article, Dr. Lisa Kaplin discusses helicopter parenting and why it's actually not an effective way to raise productive and capable adults. Are you guilty of hovering over your kid?
Do you feel unhappy with your partner now that you have children? Find out how to save your marriage if that is the case.
It can be hard to let go of your role as mom or dad. Follow these 4 parenting rules to help your adult "child" transition into adulthood... no matter how old they are.
Are you a procrastinator? Procrastination is a widespread problem that never seems to go away. No one is born with a procrastination gene. It is an annoying habit that may have its roots in childhood. Although we may look back on childhood as a carefree time, a child’s life is structured around school. Parents and teachers rule, and children must obey.
Life coach Tara Kennedy-Kline has ADD like her father. Her son was diagnosed with PDD NOS and Asperger's Syndrome. Read to learn how she was able to manage her own diagnosis and how it helped her treat her son without resorting to physically punishments.
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.
Overbearing and unloving parents haunted you as a child, and their ghost still lingers with you as an adult. Breaking free from parents who cause frustration and turmoil in your adult life is key to being the independent person you are destined to be.
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.
Using spanking as a punishment leads to the repetition and escalation of problematic behaviors.
I see abuse on a continuum from yelling at children who are doing developmentally appropriate child behaviors, calling someone names or making fun of their differences, kicking the dog or using your child as a punching bag because you had a stressful day at work, to road rage because someone cut you off in traffic and you took it as some personal affront to you, getting impatient with a loved one because they haven’t met your expectations, etc. You get the picture.