When a family learns that one of their own has cancer, it can bring them together or tear them apart. This is even more of a challenge when it is a child who has been diagnosed with cancer, a disease that will at the very least interrupt this time of innocence in their young lives.
If I decided to take a more introspective look at our "DIY Summer," I would have to admit that I can be an impediment to our children's self-sufficiency. It's hard for me to accept "their" way of doing things. After all, no one can make "hospital corners" like I can or load the dishwasher just so.
As with most parenting challenges, we are called upon to strike an all-too-elusive balance between two extremes: the tough love approach and the phony praise approach. There's more to effective parenting than either extreme offers. Here are a few ways to find the middle ground.
In just a few years, the challenge for parents has become even more daunting as kids constantly measure themselves against the lives of their friends on Facebook. ...How can parents imbue their children with the sense that the greater race is within them?
Dear Ana, I'm writing to give some insight into a day in your life with Christian and your children in 10 years' time. You're probably more shocked by this snapshot of your future than you were upon first entry into Christian's red room of pain. I know.
The point isn't to criticize children. But it's to recognize that self-esteem really, truly comes as the result of achievement -- in the classroom, on the field, at home -- rather than false accomplishments.