As parents, it goes without saying that we just want the best for our children. Being worried about their health is just one of our many concerns. But sometimes, we can say things that don't seem like a big deal but end up really hurting our kids' self-esteem and confidence. When it comes to parenting, we need to be really careful about what we say (and how we say it) because our words can have a lasting effect. For starters, if you're really worried about your daughter's weight, there's a right way and a wrong way to say it without hurting her feelings. Using the word "fat" can be destructive to her self-esteem unless it's for educational purposes.
As kids, there's no doubt that we're influenced by everything around us. So, it makes sense that watching the dynamics between our parents can have a lasting effect on how we see family and love.
As parents, we can admit that there are times where our kids do things that really frustrate us. Whether it's by actively disobeying the rules in spite of being reprimanded for it or talking back, they sometimes behave in a way that is completely unlikeable and unacceptable. But instead of questioning ourselves for getting so upset, we have to figure out why we're letting them get away with this behavior in the first place. When it comes to parenting, you've got to be honest with your kids — and yourself.
As parents, seeing that our kids are almost always anxious about something can be heartbreaking. No one wants their children to feel like they have to worry about everything and carry the weight of the world on their shoulders alone. What makes it even worse is that sometimes, they're too embarassed or afraid to confide in us. When it comes to parenting, there's no question that this only suceeds in making us worry about our kids even more.
It's only natural that we want to tell our kids that everything they touch turns to gold. But there comes a time when constantly patting your children on the back will only cause them to have a sense of entitlement. If you want them to grow up with a healthy self-esteem, the endless stream of praises may have to be put on hold.
Lots of people stay in bad marriages for the sake of their kids. Ironically enough, this can sometimes have an even more negative on them than splitting up. Even though they're young, they will still be able to sense the tension between the two of you. When it's time to face the facts that you need a divorce, how can you best protect your kids? There are ways to make sure that co parenting works out for your family.
Doting parents can admit that their kids sometimes do things that really bugs them. But what is the difference between doing something wrong or dangerous and doing something that is just plain embarrassing?
Now that you've finally brought your precious gift home and you're settling into a routine, you find yourself wanting to spend some time with friends... away from the house. How soon after having a baby can you go out with your friends and not feel guilty?
From the floating butterflies in your stomach to your sweaty palms, falling for someone new is a universal experience. Because of this, it's only natural to want to help your children put their best foot forward when it comes to confronting their crush. But what do you do when the heart racing feeling turns into heartache? If you're itching for tips on what to do when your child is hit by the lovebug and cupid's arrow misses, this parenting advice is foolproof!
These days, kids are spending more of their time glued to their iPad and computer screens than spending time with their family. How can we get our kids to put down the iPad and not make it an issue every single time? Parenting expert Tara Kennedy-Kline offers helpful parenting tips on how to get your children to unplug themselves from the world of technology.
Sometimes, we get so caught up in the heat of the moment that we don't necessarily notice our surroundings or what we're actually doing (or saying, in the case). But that just proves that knowing how to use effective communication to solve arguments can make the difference between a happy family and one that is filled with tension.
As if going through a divorce isn't difficult enough, being let down by your family's lack of support is absolutely heartbreaking. You just lost the love of your life — the fact that the people you thought you could trust to have your back don't get why their constant jabs are so painful to deal with makes everything so much more worse. It's possible that a family therapist may be able to point you guys in the right direction so you can heal — together.