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Dear Mom and Dad,
Please remember my life has been turned upside down and I never had a vote. I don't have a rulebook to negotiate waters totally unfamiliar to me. It is really hard for me to understand that my family has broken up. I feel scared that I will loose one or both of you. I don't ... Views: 34
"The best security blanket a child can have is parents who respect each other." ~ Jane Bauston
Do treat your Children like Gold!
Remember you just turned your children's life (and they didn't have a vote) upside down. They now have to decipher new rules, new logistics, probable logistical ... Views: 64
In the last couple of weeks, I participated in several communication training seminars. As a trainer, I have a huge responsibility to communicate in a correct, honest, benevolent way. Apart from one judgmental word, I was disciplined enough to stick to these principles. But what happens when I'm ... Views: 69
Increased responsibilities are a rite of passage for teenagers. Many young men and young women are allowed to drive a motor vehicle once they reach legal driving age. Others are given the opportunity to prove themselves in the workforce by getting a job. So, how do you know when it’s time to ... Views: 79
It really is up to you every day whether you see divorce support as a curse or a blessing! Whether you are the giver or the receiver, I recommend you reframe it as a blessing. Is this easy? Of course not! However, if you actually go through the trauma of getting divorced and you stay married ... Views: 119
Lunch is a meal that can be rather boring for children. They might eat a sandwich or a bowl of soup just to get enough energy for the rest of the day. You can make lunch exciting with a few different recipes that are healthy and tasty.
What child doesn't like being able to pick up ... Views: 115
Gratefulness and thankfulness are both positive feelings and important factors when it comes to raising happy, responsible and authentic kids. When we think positively we attract more positive, which leads to attracting more abundance. And who doesn’t want a little of that?
Getting in the ... Views: 84
One of the chapters in the parenting book I am writing is on accountability. If I had to pick one thing that I see parents not instilling in their kids these days, it would be this. Being accountable is so much more then just taking responsibility. It shapes the adult you become. Is your ... Views: 75
Talking about manners seems sort of redundant and well… obvious. But it’s not as obvious as one would think. I work in an elementary school and I am surprised, almost daily, at the lack of manners. Many kids do not reciprocate when they are greeted with “good morning!” or “hello”. IF they ... Views: 73
I blogged about parenting from fear recently. Since writing about it, I have become acutely aware of how much of my anxiety is driven by fears about what might happen to my kids. I read a quote recently by Alan Cohen that stated, “Anxiety is a sign that you have made up a story contrary to ... Views: 78
I spent the latter part of my thirties searching for my purpose and the answer to the question, “why was I put on this earth?” At the time, I was recently divorced and trying to raise my two little kids as a single, working, divorced mother. I wasn’t feeling joy. I wasn’t feeling fulfilled. ... Views: 67
You may well be asking yourself, 'parenting stages, what in the world are those?' Isn't it our children who go thru the stages? It sure is, from infant to toddler to preschool to school age to latency, preteen, teens to adolescents finally to adult. Whew, were you even aware there were so many ... Views: 91
Honor your children by fighting for your marriage and if you decide to divorce, do it with dignity!
If you are at the point of asking this question, you have some distinctions to consider.
Never threaten your partner with divorce to get his/her attention. Never make the divorce decision ... Views: 172
Dealing with a troubled teen can be a very delicate situation. Any major missteps or communication issues could exacerbate these problems and make life more difficult for everyone involved. Whether you are currently dealing with a difficult child or simply want to prepare yourself for the coming ... Views: 176
Second Chances. The title sounds like you screwed up on the first try and are graced with another shot. The trick is to not give that first experience any more credit than it deserves. I have made plenty of mistakes as a daughter, woman, mother, and wife. If I wore my flaws like a medallion I ... Views: 165
Many of you do not know about the latest advancements and technologies that have occurred in providing a barrier to your windows and doors against bugs, insects, intense UV rays, scorching heat and intrusion. One of the solutions to above mentioned issues is security screens.
Crimsafe ... Views: 161
Nothing makes your IPhone more interesting to use when you are not receiving or making calls than playing games on it. It might be a bit costly for one to purchase some of the top games on the app store, but this does not necessarily mean that you can’t download some interesting, free games from ... Views: 134
Few days ago, after thanking one of my students for helping me to accomplish a teaching task, I was surprised by, yet proud of, her graceful response.
The genuine exchange occurred naturally without any pretentiousness from either my student or I. I uttered the words of gratitude “Thank you ... Views: 170
Providing high quality early childhood education to young children offers many benefits. Even if you don’t think your child is ready, there are many reasons to give it a shot. The following are just a few advantages of early childhood education.
Social Skill Development
By socializing with ... Views: 124
Today, more than ever, we need to learn how to handle fear. We are definitely a frightened people and our fear seems to be increasing every day. If we don't learn how to confront and control fear, we risk losing our emotional and physical health and ultimately the joy of living.
A life ... Views: 401
Sometimes good parents find themselves all alone when it comes to finding help for their troubled teen. Maybe they were single parents from the start, maybe they’re divorced, their spouse had died, or maybe they are still married but the other parent is not interesting in being helpful but no ... Views: 361
The holiday season seems to come upon us earlier and earlier each year. Even before Thanksgiving, I started to notice all of the signs -- colorful lights strung in front of houses, a glimpse of lit trees through windows and cheerful holiday tunes on the radio. Along with the high spirits the ... Views: 325
What can divorced dads do to help raise healthy, successful boys when they don't see their sons as often as they want? Here are some tips for non-custodial fathers who want to make certain they raise successful men.
1. Stay connected with your boy.
Find a way to get over the differences ... Views: 318
This season is a time when families get together and reflect on fond memories. With the advent of technology there's no shortage of family photos, but with our fast-paced lives it's becoming increasingly difficult to keep up, document and admire these treasured memories when they're stashed away ... Views: 236
My oldest left for university last year. Although the mother hen in me feared that I would be nostalgic for long gone times and spend my nights shedding tears in silence, I was pleasantly surprised to see how well I actually coped.
However, as time wore on, I began to notice that beneath the ... Views: 308
Are you a stepparent? Are you struggling to make the right decisions for your newly created family? If so, here are four tips to help.
1. Give your blended family a chance to bond.
Don’t worry if everyone doesn’t settle in right away; bonding takes time. Hopefully, you all got to know each ... Views: 360
Bullying remains a dark reality for hundreds of people. It doesn’t just impact the 6 out of 10 students who say they are victims of bullying on a daily basis but also a growing number of adults in the workplace. Technology has extended the reach of bullying beyond the confined spaces of school ... Views: 389
In this tougher economy, couples are finding it necessary to take the jobs they can get, and that means more couples work different shifts. If one of you works a “graveyard shift” or rotating shift job that limits your time together; the difference in your shifts and commutes may mean you ... Views: 378
My recently turned 18 year old son passed his driving test on his first attempt back in July this year, 2015. Let me tell you the responsibilities for me in the year leading up to this event were not my favourite. Now as the mother and sole parent, I know I have many roles to play and many ... Views: 283
Forget your parents choosing your date. Forget going to a dance club to meet and get to know people. Forget hitting a bar to meet others. Enter Tinder.
Tinder is a person to person matching app that has four basis features. The first is the ability to locate people near you (you can determine ... Views: 304
There has been a lot of talk about bullying lately – and with good reason. Bullying is a traumatic experience that deeply marks victims and impacts every aspect of their life, long after the harassment ends. In America alone, 28 percent of kids are victims of bullying throughout the school year. ... Views: 302
Can Your Children Be Honest?
Parenting Advice: Establishing Open Communication and Trust
I often hear parents say, “My child does not tell me anything.”
Children go through phases, particularly during their adolescent years, when they see no logical or justifiable reason to communicate ... Views: 361
I have to admit having one child of each gender has really made me more aware of the male/ female differences. One huge difference I've found is the way they communicate and their interpretation of words. When I think about when my kids were younger and I picked them up from school, the ... Views: 269
A common mistake that parents make, is to encourage their kids to fight back in situations when they are being bullied by other kids. Probably disappointed by the inability and aversion of their schools and teachers to adequately cope with the problem or disappointed by harassing kids, they ... Views: 390
Dear Dr. Romance,
I'm a victim of emotional & mental abuse by my hopefully soon-to-be-ex husband. The sad truth is that this person doesn't or refusing to recognize what he's doing and I'm very worry for my 8 years old son who I'm sharing 50% custody with the father. I ... Views: 277
Dear Dr. Romance
I am writing to you for your professional opinion regarding my teenage son. His behavior overall is good but when he gets angry he throws things swears a lot and just a few minutes ago destroyed my vacuum cleaner in one blow to the floor.
I am a single parent about 9 ... Views: 286
Determining custody after a couple has split up can become a complex and confusing affair. Even couples that feel as if they parted ways in an amicable manner could run into issues months or even years down the road. With over 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce, it is important for all ... Views: 296
So what’s up when a kid reaches age two? Many parents are ready to pull their hair out when their kids reach this age… and it continues for about a year to a year and a half.
Parents of younger infants are lulled into a sense of ease when their son or daughter reaches about 6 months. By this ... Views: 189
The Parenting Plan is the parental agreement setting out how the children will be cared for between separated parents. Most broadly, it stipulates the residential arrangement and how decisions shall be made affecting the child. The parenting plan may also include agreements with regard to ... Views: 259
How can you give a different Background to your kids?
We, being parents, want to give our kids the best of all: education, health, success, happiness and whatever they desire. To gain the goals above, we adapt different strategies and techniques. Some hire classes of different kinds to keep ... Views: 316
The indoor and outdoor physical environment affects and fosters the optimal growth and development of both children and grownups as it provides them with an opportunity to explore and learn. It has a significant impact on the level of engagement of the kids, their academic achievements, ... Views: 302
Did you ever think that understanding your child’s behavior and responses to sensory information may be telling you so much more about your child than you can imagine? Could those so called “behaviors” be communicating something to you about who they are and how they perceive the world? ... Views: 244
When teachers impose “logical” and/or “natural” consequences on students, they are using their authority to impose a form of punishment. It matters not if the adult’s intention is to teach a lesson. Imposed punishments increase the likelihood that the student will feel punished by the adult. ... Views: 259
One Word Fits All for those who engage in harassing, stalking, hitting, fighting, threats, blackmail, domestic violence, rape, gang violence, drug trafficking, killing, terrorism and more…that one word is BULLY!
The bully, whether in person, in cyberspace, via telephone, email and texts, and ... Views: 249
Dear Dr. Romance:
Q: My father died 1 1/2 years ago.My mom always snaps at me and my older brother and I think she has a serious problem. I personally think it's a power struggle because she fells like she is loosing control over my brother and I. But, what she ... Views: 329
Fear of an uncertain future can stop us from doing great things, and it can keep us holding onto things and habits that are hurting us. Today I will share 5 steps to deal with separation and divorce anxiety.
I think it is fair to say, that the majority of us from time to time wonder what the ... Views: 433
Friendships are an important part of being healthy, but they can be rough too. Most people change over time and this affects their relationships, including with their friends.
As a parent, it can be hard to watch your child go through a difficult time with their friends pulling away -- even ... Views: 371
Restorative Justice is a discipline program that is gaining support in urban schools across the nation. The reason it is gaining acceptance is that a disproportionate number of minority students are being punished for inappropriate and irresponsible school behaviors, and federal guidelines are ... Views: 344
By Sam Vaknin
Author of "Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited"
The narcissist regards his disabled or challenged child as an insult, a direct challenge to his self-perceived perfection and omnipotence, a constant, nagging source of negative narcissistic supply, and the reification and ... Views: 464
Don’t Parent – Mentor!
Parents have the most important job in the world – raising the next generation – without so much as a “how-to” manual or guidebook. No wonder today’s parents are scrambling to figure out how to do this all-consuming, unpredictable job in a rapidly-changing society. Are ... Views: 305