By: Kristin Hunt Credit: Shuttershock You know the stereotype...
I can almost feel my mother's heart break when I'm asked about my family history. I'm proud of my Filipino heritage, and proud to be an American, but when I think of the cost and loss my mother suffered, my pride is twinged with betrayal.
Imposing lifelong consequences for teen behavior is contrary to adolescent development research, which confirms what parents already know-teenagers are impulsive and often make bad decisions, but they are also malleable and capable of change. The mistakes they make as teenagers are not predictive of who they will be as adults.
Having productive conversations with kids on their "non-breath-of-fresh-air days" is no easy feat. But it's doable.
How do women measure success? Is it by mothering and having a career? How do they carry out both forms of work to their satisfaction? What helps? What hurts?
Emotions are contagious! Parents can catch strong emotions in their children alerting them to cues of their feelings without a word expressed. Parents catch a feeling from their child such as seeing fear or anger in a facial expression.
Also, after raising teenagers (we now have two graduated from college), I've learned the truth of the adage, "Little kids, little problems. Big kids, big problems."And, after having a child who was born severely disabled who died at a year, I've learned some tough lessons about life and loss.
Last weekend I took my son, my nephew and a friend to our church youth group leader's apartment. They had plans to go get pizza then head to a local elementary school to use their gym for a game of dodgeball.
Across the country, high school students are feverishly working on their college applications and today, more than ever, the personal essay is the one element that can sway an admissions board. Below are some valuable tips and essay examples for anyone with hopes of getting into Yale University.
'Twas two months before Christmas, and all thru the store, shoppers were bustling, and searching for more. All the shelving was stocked with ornaments and wreaths, stressed holiday shoppers, searched for fake plastic trees.
There will be difficult times during the adoption process, and afterwards too. It may seem, at times, that your relationship is going backwards. Yet with time, love and patience, adoptions are often one of the greatest gifts of love you can offer a child; a gift that will bless your family, as well.
We first sought out a couples' therapist when our daughter, now 18, was an infant. We were unhappy, our marriage lacked intimacy and we were worried about our prospects. Of course, many parents of newborns are unhappy. But we knew something deeper was amiss.
This is a wonderful way to still your mind, stay connected to your inner desires and be present in the moment. The more you practice these mindfulness actions, the more stillness and awareness you will experience, which will help as you journey through motherhood.
I continue to fine tune this thing called balance, but I will tell you this; I couldn't be happier or more hopeful with the decision I've made.
New seasons are coming. Some will be easier. Some will be harder. Some will make you look back at your first season with longing, and some will make you look back on your first season with pride.
After all the warnings, I was duly scared about the sleep thing. And it's true. I have not slept more than a few hours in a row for months. But what nobody tells you is how much joy you feel.