Occasionally children say to their parents, “I am a horrible child,” or use other self-negating statements. How are parents to respond? First, determine what the child wants from the self-accusation.
Babies need time to be babies--that is who they are. In busy families, providing that time easily gets overlooked. When parents know what leads to a baby’s happiness they can better meet those needs within the context of the rest of the family.
While anticipation for the holidays is often joyous, sometimes we end up trying to do too much in preparation. Learning how to simplify while still creating a feeling of festivity increases enjoyment for the entire family. This year I am taking my own advice and requested a reprint from a previous December Informed Parent. This will help me enjoy my holidays more!
Parents and children start the new school year with high expectations for success. They resolve to remedy situations from the year before that caused difficulty. Now, six weeks into the semester, it’s time to review what is working and what needs some adjusting.
Powerful parenting requires inner confidence and clarity. It demands the ability to balance child care, self care, profession, and relationships--an impossible task without a strong foundation and effective skills.
Everyone needs heroes. Those we choose as our heroes follow a developmental model. Through all stages of choosing them, the qualities the hero expresses remain the same.
Love requires action as well as words. This month’s article looks at three ways to show love to children.
Keeping joy in the holidays requires discipline and planning. By keeping the season simple, fun increases for you as well as for the rest of the family.
Homework tends to create more parent/child conflict than any other school-related issue. Steps can be taken to relieve the tension around the “H” word--homework.
Three measures to take so that the beginning days of school are easier and more successful for everyone.
Life is risky. As parents we must be aware of the many risks presented to our children.
With a willingness to develop routines and schedules, parents assist with their child’s brain development by establishing patterns that maximize potential and lead toward lifelong success.
When families are given a diagnosis of serious or terminal illness in their child, their lives change in an instant. They are thrown into grief. Several steps can be taken to assist them in moving through the process.
Many of us live with the belief that life could be simple. We think that if we organized or balanced our many responsibilities and desires differently, life would be less complicated. Life is not simple There are tools we can use that will provide a greater feeling of simplicity which opens up the space for less stress and more joy.
Teaching children to make wise decisions is part of effective parenting. Learning the skill begins in toddler hood. As children grow older, having the tools to make wise decisions helps them evaluate the choices they face.
If we consider each person we meet to be our teacher, a three-year-old can offer us many lessons. The challenge is being open to learning.
With busy family schedules, giving the gift of time requires commitment and planning. By taking the steps to provide loving time, parents and children discover an added degree of intimacy and joy.
The lack of literacy in the United States can be fixed by following David Baldacci's suggestions.
Follow these suggestions to smooth the transition from summer vacation to another school year.
Some studies indicate a link between excessive internet use and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Tips for making blended families—families where one or both partners bring children into the new unit—work during the holidays.
All toddlers strive for independence. It is an important part of their development. When parents have the skills to help in the process, lots of frustration is avoided for both parent and child.
School lunches can be a challenge. While perhaps they are doing a better job than in the past, many cafeteria lunches are less than ideal. Packing lunches at home takes time. Keeping them varied and interesting stretches the imagination.
Creativity lends joy and enthusiasm to life. Thinking outside the box can turn a negative situation into something positive. When families feel money crunches, instead of panicking or feeling blue, it’s time to get the creative juices flowing.
As daunting as it may seem teaching financial responsibility is one of the jobs of effective parenting.
For optimal development, babies need stimulation. They also need downtime. Downtime gives them the opportunity to develop skills that can only be learned with time to themselves.
When parents incorporate the use of “I-messages” into their repertoire of parenting skills, they notice that their children begin using them, too. They are learning effective communication by modeling your positive behavior.
Achieve your parenting goals with these tried and true techniques.
How many times have you planned a family outing and ten minutes after pulling out of the garage heard a little voice from the back seat say, "Are we almost there yet?"
Stress affects our whole family. Learn some techniques for reducing your stress level.
The suggestions in this article will assist in raising children who honor themselves and others.
Current trends indicate that grown children live in their parents’ home longer than in the past several decades. They also show that more adult children move home, either alone or with their family after having established households of their own. Careful planning and communication are required for making this transition successful.
Before bringing a pet into the home, be sure to read the guidelines in this article.
Expressing a positive attitude isn't easy. Here's how to start changing your attitude.
Everyone has a bad day sometimes. No one likes them. Taking the steps to turn those days around means that when bedtime comes, children and parents alike sleep better and look forward to a new day.
The middle school years are a time of rapid maturation. With boundaries, acceptance, guidance and support "tweens" grow into stronger people and students.
When parents learn the skill of letting go at appropriate stages the result is that children usually want to stay close and connected to family as they grow into adolescence and adulthood.
Doing the homework to find the school that best fits your child's needs increases the likelihood of success.
What parents can expect to experience when they receive bad news about their child.
Dr. Warnemuende looks at the link between sleep and learning.
Self-esteem, or how one feels about him-or-herself, is a subject that concerns parents and teachers.
The necessities and work of everyday can feel overwhelming. It may seem like there isn't much time for fun and magic. Remember, magic is more an attitude and the development of skill.
There are a number of things that you as parents can do to assist in both understanding your children and in guiding them with the thinking skills required for school success.
Honing the skills of effective discipline and using them consistently brings positive results and keeps the parent/child relationship one of mutual respect and trust.
Tips for making rewarding reading a part of you and your child's daily lives.
One of the greatest gifts parents can give their children is the gift of acceptance just the way they are.
How to set an example to our children for making respectful, appropriate requests.
It is through quietness and observation that we learn the important lessons of life. Babies and puppies learn about their environment and how to be in the world.
Engaging your baby through conversation and music helps with the bonding process necessary for healthy development.
While teaching and preaching turns children off, letting them know how you can work together to make school feel easier can relieve them.
Homesickness is an expected emotion when youngsters first go to camp. Here are some positive steps to take before camp begins.
With forethought and preparation, summer days can be fulfilling for children and adults alike.
Parenting a child with an attention deficit disorder is challenging. Here are some interventions that can assist parents.
One of the most effective strategies that families can use to problem solve, generate ideas for fun, and create genuine respect for each other is the family meeting.
The responsibility of parenting your spouse or significant other’s children is a process. Rarely does the new family look like the fantasy that you and your partner had when you decided to become a couple.
Step-parenting or parenting the children of a significant other takes courage, patience, and maturity. Here are tips.
Commitment to family resolutions makes good family times better and difficult times more endurable.
Do you ever wonder why you have to say “no” to your child several times before she responds?
The purpose of an apology is not to admit guilt. It is to reconnect with another when there has been a breach in the relationship.
Guidelines to assist you in creating and maintaining a climate of respect in your family.
Learn how to teach your child organizational skills that will serve them in all life’s endeavors.
As parents, we must do our best to provide experiences in nature for our children both to expand their development and to instill an appreciation of the natural environment.
Learning comes in fun packages. Even if your child is not attending summer school you can make the days rich and rewarding.
How to bridge the communication gap that can occur between grandparents and their grandchildren.
Encouraging children to be philosophers in developing their lives requires that parents question their own beliefs.