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.
As parents, it makes sense that we have that natural, mama-bear instinct to protect our kids from the so-called dangers of the outside world. From simple things like falling off of a bike for the first time to coming home from school with a bruised ego, it's hard to ignore the internal switch that flips on at any sign of our kids' distress. But even though it's normal to want to be the hero in our kids' eyes, it might be time for us to realize that we just can't solve every problem. In fact, spending so much time trying to come up with solutions for everything could be pushing our kids away.
Let's be honest. When it comes to listening and following the rules, it's pretty much ingrained in your children's genes to make things harder for you. It's not their job to readily agree that you know what is best for them — they just have to do it. When you can't seem to breakthrough to them, is it OK to resort to trickery?
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?
After a marriage ends, a parent's top concern is understandably the kids. When you finally decide to make the first step towards divorce, what's next for you and your kids?
Parenting expert Tammy Nelson is joined by experts Rhona Berens, Miriam Kove, Barbara Becker Holstein and Tara Kennedy Klein to provide tips that will help parents better understand their kids, as well as help them better communicate their parental wants and needs.
When you make the decision to have a family, being worried about how to get pregnant (and freaking out when there seems to be issues standing in the way) is natural. In fact, we've all been in the same boat. While it is understandable that you can't stop thinking about the day that you will finally become a parent to a beautiful, precious child that you just know you'll spend your life protecting, the stress can start talking a toll.
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