(Written by Stephanie Green) Thinking back on my childhood and watching how my children are doing as they are becoming adults has shown me so much about the influence of parents for good or many times not so good in children’s lives. As parents, so often we grow up becoming duplicates of our parents which is not always good in every way. Because something was done a certain way by our parents when we were children we continue doing it as adults and pass it on to our children. In my opinion not all parenting should be passed down and we would be doing ourselves a favor if we sat down and really thought about our parenting tactics. We need to decide which parenting characteristics we need to keep and which ones we need to retire before passing them down to our own children. [Read more...]
(Written by Orla Kelly) When I became a parent of a special needs child, nothing could prepare me for the emotional rollercoaster I would find myself on, a sea of ever changing emotions and quick sand I would step on every now and then that seemed to engulf me and I would feel like I was drowning. The worst part was I never knew if I should ask for help or just wish I would die.
Having spoken to many other parents of special needs children, there are so many things we all have in common regardless of social or financial circumstances, race, religion or demographics. The loneliness and isolation you feel when you first get a diagnosis and then and thereafter the level of emotions covering denial, anger, grief and depression. After what may seem like an eternity; you learn to laugh again, accept what is, become more spiritually aware and find the inner strength for empowerment. [Read more...]
(Written by Scott Collen and Edited by Elle Yi) We all know technology is affecting the way children communicate with each other (and us parents). Back in the day, we would write little notes, then graduated to phone calls. Soon after that text messaging became the favourite form of communication and now there are Facebook, Twitter, Kik, WhatsApp and Reddit.
Could this shift of pace in how children communicate be changing the pace at which they build relationships? And are we as parents keeping up? An article in the NY Times laments how millennials have got a “hook-up” culture and have forgotten (or maybe never knew) how to date or court. [Read more...]
(Written by Jamica Bell) Stress has been continuously proven to be detrimental to the health of adults, but it can be even more so for children and teens. Stressful situations cause large amounts of a chemical called cortisol to enter a child’s brain. In children, especially younger kids, this stress-induced cortisol leads to lower IQs and more behavioral problems. In fact, it can even lead to less white matter in a child’s brain, and this can cause a lifelong learning disability. Even if you think you can deal with pressure, it’s important to keep a stress-free home for the well-being of your family, children and grandkids. [Read more...]
(Written by Stacey Margaret) The teen years are often the most tumultuous times of anyone’s life. As the parent of a teen, you know it’s certainly not a walk in the park to communicate with or understand your teen. Some teenagers are much more challenging than others, but there are things you can do to improve your relationship with your teen no matter what the circumstances are. Here are some tips for making life with your teenager go a lot more smoothly.
Parenting Tips For Raising Teenagers
- Don’t Betray Their Trust
Teenagers are very touchy, to say the least. When your kids are teenagers, it’s a time that’s very important for developing and maintaining trust and security with them. Do whatever you can not to betray their trust. If your teen does think you’ve betrayed their trust, it can cause a lot of animosity and a significant rift in your relationship that’s extremely difficult to repair. Not betraying their trust means things like keeping your promises to them, not snooping through their rooms or phones, and not going behind their back to address any conflicts or issues they might have. [Read more...]
(Written by Lisa Sheldon) Starting a family is one of the big milestones in our lives and sometimes we are taken by surprise by how demanding this can be. No matter how much we prepare for our children’s arrival, we always seem to be swimming against the tide at some point of this incredible journey. Our own parents often enjoy observing our frustrations as they can see their own past actions being replayed in front of their eyes.
If you are in need of some guidance with regards to your own current situation, please read on and hopefully you will find some worthwhile assistance in this article. [Read more...]
(Written by Bill Weston) Whatever your child’s age, they will be full of aspiration, whether your young tot is mad about drawing, or your teenager is deciding to go to university. Whatever they want to do in life, it’s important that you as their parent encourage their dream with high prospectives.
- Buy educational Apps and toys for your young ones
It might be a simple step to take, but it’s certainly the most rewarding way of ensuring your child is engaged from an early age.
Buying simple building blocks, number games and jigsaw puzzles can really plant the seeds of aspiration in your child’s mind and similarly as they get older it’s worth investing in some educational games and apps to let them flourish. [Read more...]
(Posted by a Guest Blogger, Aaran H.) If you go online, open a search engine such as Google and type in the term ‘relationship quotes’, you would find hundreds of pages with positive quotes on relationship that can inspire people who are looking to engage in a relationship.
Those relationship quotes can be inspirational for people belonging to different age groups since love can happen at any age. Reading those quotes can be good even for people already in relationships, not just for those who are looking for new relationships. People already in relationships can use those quotes to make a change within themselves in order to improve the quality of relationship even further.
Most of the quotes are written by great philosophers who have had plenty of experiences in their lives. The messages in those quotes have real effect since they are drawn out from real life experiences. [Read more...]