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…]
I love printmaking! It’s kind of like painting, kind of like collage, kind of like sculpture. The tools are special and exciting. And, I’ve never found a kid yet who didn’t just love printmaking, too. So, let’s get started! [Read more…]
Often I feel like making messes. Well, art messes, that is. Sometimes it’s because life has moved inside a bit from the outside living we do in the summer. Other times I see an awesome art supply in the store and get an idea of how to use it. And, often I want to try something out before I introduce the idea to a client in an art therapy session.
So, this is the first of a few posts on art with the kids for you and your children. Let’s go over some different ways to get that going, or jazz up what you are already doing.
Obese is such a rough word. Phonetically it sounds awful. The O is long, The B is harsh. And it always make me think obeast when I read it or hear it. The beast of obesity is an unwelcome reality. And a tragedy for a child.
You may have already asked yourself this question. Is my child obese? And, you probably already have an answer. I’m going to write this post anyway because it’s about more than just knowing that answer. It’s about the hard truths in general that we need to tell ourselves when we are parents. It can be hard to do this sometimes, but, maybe not as hard as you think! Let’s see.
…and the livin’ is easy. School’s out, summer is here, and, hey parents, you have your children back for a few months. You can plan things that you have no time to do during the school year. Let’s face it. The hectic schedule during the school year with homework, sports, etc. books up all the time and doesn’t allow for much lazy leisure.
Which, by the way, is a necessity for optimal health. Lazy leisure. Down time. Long drawn out stretches to indulge in a project uninterrupted by tight scheduling. Time when you lose track of time. But… what to do? Tight schedules don’t promote creative mental wandering to the places where ideas come from and the transition from go go go feels a little jagged at first but that passes. So, here are some free or pretty darn cheap ideas for a jump start.
How about some relief? I found some high quality links to topics that most parents encounter on and off as they raise children. Topics like how to keep your family healthy, how to maximize calm for you and your children, information on interesting books worth the time it takes to read them, and more. Topics that can get in your head and bother you until you figure out how to get relief.
These links will also be added to the master Resources list for ParentWhiz. Enjoy! [Read more…]
I sat down to write a post about chores and how to navigate that tricky aspect of child rearing, and ended up writing this post about Christmas. I think what happened was we went to town last Saturday and, once again, I got amazed and stunned by the…..stuff. And at that point we hadn’t even had Thanksgiving yet! I know. We say this every year!
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Christmas. The gifts, the gratitude, the unwrapping (well, not the midnight wrapping so much). The food and family. Parties. The TREE!! The music is incredible. But, along with all of that fun, the holiday has a flip side. It can bring out some major wanting, and impulsive urges in the best of us. [Read more…]
At a conference I attended years ago I heard a wise man, Denny McLaughlin, discussing happiness. He said that there are four really effective ways to make yourself miserable. Your kids can make themselves feel the same way. With the same kind of thinking.
So, logically, if there are four ways to make yourself unhappy, there must be four really good opposite ways to make yourself happy. How easy can it be? [Read more…]