It sometimes feels as if our kids will do anything to grab our attention, even if it means becoming a permanent fixture in our conversations. While there's nothing we love more than spending time with our children, constantly having to deal with inappropriate behavior (especially in front of an audience) drives us up the wall! Here's how to teach your kids that they need to be more patient and can't always be the center of attention.
When it comes to parenting, seeing our kids get stressed out can feel pretty awful. Whether it's struggling with homework or being frustrated when trying new activities such as playing a sport or joining a clug, it can be hard to watch our children fail. But what's even worse is when our family is so afraid of failing that they would rather quit that stick it through.
We've all seen this happen at least once before: An unsuspecting parent will start reprimanding their child at the supermarket for throwing a tantrum or misbehaving, only for their kid to talk back to them. Nowadays, it almost seems as if most kids feel as if they can say whatever they want with no regard to the consequences. It goes without saying that this lack of respect is not only rude and inappropriate, but is also completely unacceptable. Yes, we would all love our kids to speak their minds but there is a time and place for everything (not to mention the fact that our kids should be showing us respect). That's what makes it super important for us to draw the line early on.
Even though it may not seem like it, a lot of responsibility and trust goes into maintaining a facebook page, especially at such a young age. With the amount of cyber bullying that goes on these days, could you really trust your kid to be safe online? This is just one more thing that makes parenthood super hard!
Even though it can be really hard trying to find some time to be intimate with our partners, it doesn't mean that sex has to come to a grinding halt just because we're busy caring for the kids.
One of our top priorities is making sure that our children are not only properly cared for, but are healthy too. But if we're being totally honest, taking care of the kids 24/7 can be a bit draining. Even though it seems like we should be putting our kids' well-being before our own on a constant basis, it can actually start to take a toll on our marriage.
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 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.
When it comes to parenting, we spend so much time trying to make sure that our kids are going down the right path. Even though it's super important to correct their behavior and teach them how to learn from their mistakes, seeing other adults discipline them can be frustrating. Even though it can be hard to deal with outsiders trying to scold our kids, there are a lot of things that go into the situation.
As parents, one of the age old questions that we can't help thinking about (and stressing over) is how we can motivate our kids to do better in school — without getting into an argument over their progress. But helping our kids get on the right track and succeed isn't as hard as we think.
As parents, wanting to do everything in our power to protect our kids and help them grow is completely natural. We have to admit that stopping the urge to not only be there every step of the way, but to be in total control can be really hard at times. We're not saying that being helicopter parents is the only way to keep them in line, but it can be difficult trying to figure out which parenting styles actually work.
When it comes to getting a divorce, having to deal with living apart is just the beginning. As if being a single parent wasn't difficult enough, just the thought of having to be the bearer of bad news and tell the kids that their dad is going to be living somewhere else makes our heart feel heavy. Even though no one ever said parenting (or divorce, for that matter) would be easy, we wish that there was some kind of manual that told us how to react and what to say.
As parents, there is nothing we want more than for our kids to be happy, healthy and safe. Just spending five minutes in the presence of their smiles and watching their eyes lighting up at the little things makes us want to do everything in our power to protect that innocence. So what's the best way to keep their stomachs full and their hearts smiling forever?
It goes without saying that we've all gone through moments where we felt like we couldn't stand to be around our significant others without wanting to pick a fight. Even in the healthiest relationships, there will be some disagreements — That's just human nature. But when it comes to fighting in front of your kids, that's a different ballpark.
When your kids seems to be negative all of the time, it can be hard trying to figure out how to get them to see the bright side of things. Overcoming pessimism isn't easy, even when you're an adult, but it is possible.