Help your young person understand that this gift of a smartphone is qualitatively different than presents of the past. A smartphone is not a toy; it is a tool.
Think about it. Imagine if your spouse put an old picture of you up and said, "I miss this skinny, blonde person." That is how teens see this "I miss my baby" nonsense.
I doubt parents a hundred years ago had access to 100,000 names at their fingertips. You named kids after your parents, royals or religious heroes. But the sheer amount of currently available information makes any choice almost paralyzing.
When you think of qualities you would like to see in your children you may think of empathy, kindness, gentleness, or politeness. But there are some attributes that are often underappreciated or even discouraged.
Children need a balance of activities, including lots of physical play and movement, non-screen-based learning and reading; and healthy routines for eating, sleeping and hygiene, along with age-appropriate, education-focused screen time with adult oversight and monitoring.
They like to grab stuff that doesn't belong to them and run. My dog likes to steal my kids' toys and take off. My toddler likes to pick up the dog's toys and run away as quickly as possible.
What if we replace guilt with faith? Faith that we can exist in a world where we work hard, take care of our kids but also take care of ourselves and trust that they will be ok.
I want to share a few parenting tips that have saved my husband and I from added stress, anger, jealousy and feelings of failure as new parents.
Follow your fear. There's glory on the other side of the tunnel. You won't be able to see the light on the other side...maybe even for awhile. You won't ever be ready. You won't ever be totally confident. You won't ever grow the courage. You grow the courage by doing it even though you aren't ready.
The key to any kind of successful parenting is keeping our cool -- self-regulation. We have to model the behavior that we want to see in our kids. This means that our adult-tantrums (a.k.a. yelling fits) are not helping us folks.
My own mom, she-who-raised-nine-children, turned 90 this month. When you say 90 is sounds like a lot. But when you say 9 x 10 years it doesn't really ...
"Did he have a girlfriend? Was he cheating?" These are usually the first questions asked when news of a divorce spreads. It was the very first thing someone very close to me asked when told my ex and I had separated.
Our children see more than we think. We can tell them what to do, but they will follow the actions we take.
Sometimes we need a little help to let go of the day or transition into another role (example: from working professional to parent). At the end of your day or the end of your work day, write out a few lines about what happened as a tangible way to "close the book" on that part of your day.
As parents, we have the responsibility to model resilience for our kids. To teach them to manage disappointment. To show them that not every slight is life-altering -- and that a medical diagnosis and not making the varsity team don't deserve the same emotional response.
"I'm 100 percent sure I used the big white platter on Christmas!" I repeat for 10th time as my husband looks again through the kitchen cabinets. I get...