Do you sometimes feel like your children are running things and you are powerless to change it? Do you wonder how other parents get results and your children just don’t take you seriously? Do you cringe and feel guilty when you assign a consequence and then find yourself backing down? You might be practicing pushover parenting. [Read more…]
Teens crave peer acceptance and they get it through conformity. But, the idea of teens and conformity, often attributed to the dreaded peer pressure, makes most parents’ hair stand on end, if not fall right out on the pillow during sleepless nights.
I’ve seen the battles right in my office. Parent – “Think for yourself.” “Be yourself, not who you think other kids want you to be.” Teen sitting sullenly with no eye contact. Parent – “Who cares what other kids wear/think/do?”
Your child cares. [Read more…]
Anytime is a good time for searching out good children’s books. Right? In fact, now that I think about it, I believe it might be one of my hobbies!
A couple of years ago I needed a gift for a 10 year old girl and I needed something classic, adventurous, literary, and unusual. I wanted something that represented girls her age as independent and daring. And I wanted it to be realistic. So, let the book searches begin! [Read more…]
Problem solving starts early in life and every one of us has had the problem solving dilemma of a booger. In the nose. Now on the finger. Now what! First you try the secretive flick. Flick flick. Still there. Flick. Flick. A little change of strategy, more force. Still there. Now you are moving to the roll-a-tiny-booger-ball strategy. Roll it up enough that it starts to dry a bit and go back to the flick.