Today's music and models of perfection are something may be something to discuss with your daughter.
By Child/Adolescent Therapist, Signe Whitson, to GalTime.com
How many times have you heard your daughter singing along to a popular song on the radio and innocently belting out the kind of lyrics that would otherwise get her sent to her room? In the moment, you believe (desperately want to believe!) that she is unaware of the innuendo and unaffected by its explicit content.
When kids are good problem-solvers they become self-sufficient and confident, every parent's dream.
Kids have come to rely heavily on parents and teachers to do their thinking for them. They have become unwilling, or unable, to go beyond rote learning.
In the classroom, lesson plans and curriculum are now strongly influenced by 'essential questions'. These questions engage students in evaluating, analyzing and applying knowledge to better understand, and function in, their world. They encourage students to think critically, instead of simply looking up facts.
Find out the truths behind competition amongst kids!
by Anna Katzman, from Robotic Parentingdebating kids and competition
Winners train, losers complain…
Off the field, we’re friends; on the field, we’re warriors...
Encouraging mantras for competition. Encouraging because competition is a good thing. And it’s good for our kids.
Or is it?
How I taught my little league team to stop saying "that's so gay."
Initially, they were quick to defend their comment because there was nothing intentionally harmful or hurtful about it. They were "just kidding" and "fooling around." Everyone knew they were joking, and it wasn't intended to do harm to anyone. That was when I saw my teachable moment.
In a study conducted at the University of Michigan, lead author Michael Woodford found that the phrase "that's so gay" negatively affected gay, lesbian and bisexual students between the ages of 18 to 25 — contributing to feelings of isolation, headaches, poor appetite and eating problems.
The more you do for your child, the less he does for himself. Five steps to help you let go.
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.
Learn how to overcome separation anxiety and embrace your new life!
Many of you are sending your kids off to college now; some of you are doing it for the first time. I've been there twice, and now my daughter lives overseas! Most of the time, I'm okay with it ... you get used to it, you know? But sometimes ,when she sends me little notes, or we chat on Skype, I miss her all over again.
Why you should learn to speak your child's language, and not the other way around.
Imagine trying to communicate with someone who speaks a totally different language. Perhaps, a foster parent who is raising a foster child, a stepparent learning how to raise a stepchild. What are our choices? Do we continue to say the same thing over and over, hoping that the other person will understand our language? Do we learn to speak their language?
Prison isn't just a place. Learn how to bust out of the prison of thoughts and situations.
Have you seen the movie, All I Wanna Do? It's a relatively unknown film from the late 1990s. On the surface, this movie about an all-girls boarding school in the early 1960s is fluff. But as the story develops, we learn that some of the girls are there because they are rebels, hard to handle, there because their parents didn’t know what else to do. Fluff, fluff, fluff… And then they learn that, because of financial difficulties, the school will merge with a boy’s prep school.