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.
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?
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?
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?