For Parents

Developing Persistence, Effort, and Goal Directed Behavior in Children and Adolescents

Parents often are concerned about their children’s motivation and ability to focus on and stay with a task to achieve a goal.  In fact, surveys show that most parents, among diverse ethnic groups and income levels, want their children to be hardworking. Clearly, parents have recognized the importance of characteristics such a persistence.  Scientific research [...]

By |2018-06-13T10:11:56+00:00June 13th, 2018|For Parents, For Professionals|

Challenges of the Internet and Social Media for Parents

An enormous challenge for parents is the monitoring, oversight, and control of the digital and social world of children and adolescents.  The challenge is daunting because: That world includes all sorts of technology (smartphones and watches, tablets, game consoles, voice-activated everything); There is a vast range of activities and resources that one can do with [...]

By |2018-04-03T16:13:14+00:00March 23rd, 2018|For Parents|

My Child Lies? What can I do About it?

Many parents report that their child lies and they are frustrated with what to do about it. Understandably parents are concerned. The child may be getting into trouble at school and getting other people into trouble by lying about who did what when. Also, parents may catch a child lying at home and that can [...]

By |2017-09-05T18:08:59+00:00September 5th, 2017|For Parents|

Fostering Flexibility

Flexibility in your parenting can be very important.  While most of us consider ourselves to be flexible, so much of parenting seems to require NOT being flexible, so let us consider how this could work. Raising children seems to require that a parent has fixed rules that should not be compromised.  So many issues, such [...]

By |2017-07-26T16:59:54+00:00March 14th, 2017|For Parents|

Myths of Punishment

As the new year is beginning, many of us begin to think about what changes we can make in our lives.  Parenting is such an important job, and we often hope that we are being the best parents we can be. Punishment for misbehavior comes so naturally to us.  We barely even think about it [...]

Easy Tips for a Fun and Constructive Summer Time

Be down with down time.  There is so much structure and rushing around during the school year.  Allow summer to include some down time for your children. Make family time.  Summer is a great opportunity to create some family time.  Do something together as a family.  Take a bike ride, go to the beach, or [...]

By |2017-07-26T16:59:54+00:00July 1st, 2016|For Parents|

School is out for the summer

School is out for the summer and everyone is ready for a much needed break.  During the school months, getting children up and out of the house on time, getting homework done, and so on is hectic.  Summer can be a welcomed and valuable break from these struggles, but of course has its own challenges [...]

By |2017-07-26T16:59:54+00:00July 1st, 2016|For Parents|

Annoying Behaviors and How to Get Rid of Them

You love your children and often enjoy their lively and silly presence.  Sometimes, however, they can exhibit annoying behaviors.   If you could only get rid of some of these irritating habits, maybe life would be a little easier at home. Contrary to what most people think, the child is not being manipulative, mean, or [...]

By |2017-07-26T16:59:54+00:00May 1st, 2016|For Parents|

Your Parenting Resolution

The New Year can be a time for new beginnings.  For many of us, it is a time to resolve to do something differently.  New Year's resolutions can be quite important because they can affect mental and physical health, social relations, and our satisfaction with life.  You might be thinking about resolving to exercise more, [...]

By |2017-07-26T16:59:54+00:00January 1st, 2016|For Parents|
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