Teens think they're right about everything while parents fail to understand or even remember the different joys and troubles of adolescence. As people grow older, they lose touch with the emotions they felt so vividly as teenagers.
Though Valentine's Day may conjure up images of commercial hysteria and sugar overload, it can be a fun excuse to plan a date with your husband, boyfriend or partner. Why not save yourself the disappointment of yet another Hallmark card and take the reins?
Ask Deepak About Love and Relationships espouses the core philosophy that we all are empowered to direct our own lives and that not only do we learn from our own experiences; we also learn from the experiences of others.
If you find yourself frantically scrolling through the "quick and easy" sections of your favorite cooking sites every afternoon trying to figure out how you're going to feed your family a healthy dinner -- that they'll actually eat -- you're not alone.
When my first son turned 6 years old, a new era began in our family. We were ushered quickly into the wonderful world of YMCA soccer. When you graduate from Gerber baby food to the fresh-cut grass pitch of the local Y soccer league, you're in for a treat.
A key reason schools are signing up for Google Apps for Education is that Google claims to provide these services at no cost. But these services are not entirely free. Did you know that schools may be "paying" for these services with your kid's privacy?
Verbal conversations remain a part of our lives, even if they're a smaller part than they used to be. I am sad for my sons that they will never have this kind of interaction. But I know they won't miss something they never had. Only I will.
While it's encouraging to see so many community leaders taking the issue of childhood obesity to heart, ultimately, this is a parent's responsibility. If you want your children to be healthy and fit, you need to set boundaries and be the best role model you can.
Far from being the finger-wagging, "you have to be a doctor or a lawyer" kind of parent, there are times when I struggle with the possibility that my kids will want to act on the stage, create art or [insert "starving" profession here] as a way of life.
"No." It's a little word with a lot of influence, especially for parents. Maybe it's because of what happens after we say the word "no" (you know, the screaming and tantrum-throwing) that we skirt around it, try to disguise it and sometimes just don't say it all.
God knows that we have hope tanks. He know this about us better than anyone. That's why he gave us a Book full of promises, packed with vivid descriptions of what we have to look forward to as Christians.
"All that rot they teach to children about the little raindrop fairies with their buckets washing down the window panes must go. We need less sentimentality and more spanking." Or so said Granville Stanley Hall, founder of child psychology, in 1899
It's natural that the mother lion in you roars when someone hurts one of your children, even if the offender is another one of your kids. But unless you address the underlying cause of your son's torments, things aren't likely to improve.
This year, remind yourself that you do a lot for your children every single day. Keep your efforts turned inward, and resist the temptation to use others' experiences as personal motivation even when it seems like everyone else is giving their kid the perfect holiday.
The need for parents to once again accept accountability for their own children is paramount. The following is Part 2 of the Common Core Standards for Parents. Again, please feel free to add your own standards below in the comments section.