Parenting Articles 2017-06-27T17:48:25+00:00

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Children and Technology

The use of technology in the form of computers, tablets, television, video game systems, and smart phones has become such a part of our lives.  They entertain us, allow us to connect with others, provide information and education tools, and simply make our lives easier. As with any advance, there is usually another side.  In relation to children, an enormous concern of parents is monitoring and controlling time on devices.  There is great reason for concern.  Parents worry about cyber bullying, violent video games, inappropriate content, and too much screen time. For decades long before computers and advanced technologies, we have known that monitoring children (knowing where they are and what they are doing) is critically important.  Unmonitored children and adolescents tend to get into [...]

By | May 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 anything quite like that.  Oppositional and annoying behaviors emerge as a part of normal development for many children.  They usually drop out as the child get's older.  However, how others (especially parents) react and respond to these behaviors when they happen can cause an increase in them. Reprimands, threats, other punishments are not very likely to change annoying behaviors.  One comment we are all guilty of using, "If I told [...]

By | May 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, help others, or spend more time with your children.  Although the idea of making resolutions is serious and intentional, they sometimes thought of as silly and are rarely kept beyond January.  The problem is how we go about sticking to them.  To increase the chance of success, resolutions should be made in very small increments toward a goal.  The increments should be defined clearly and monitored in some way. One [...]

By | January 1st, 2016|For Parents|

Navigating Divorce with Children

The Child First Principle Divorce and separation raises scores of challenges for parents and children.  Also, situations can vary greatly from one family to the next.  There are, however, some things you can do to make the process less stressful on your family.  If your interactions with your former spouse or partner are all pleasant, then there may be fewer issues.  If there is any conflict, first and foremost be guided by the child first principle.  That means, ask yourself whether what you are doing at the moment and in the presence of your child is primarily in your own interest or in your child's interest.  A conflict or argument that is heated may be addressing an important issue, but is likely to have a [...]

By | November 1st, 2015|For Parents|

Here Comes the Homework!

Every new school year presents new challenges.  One of the biggest and most dreaded is homework.  Homework doesn't have to be a fight.  Here are some tips to help get you and your child off to a happy homework place this year. Establish a distraction free zone to do homework. Choose and stick to an approximate start time. Have proper materials and let your child choose them. Use a teacher involved daily assignment sheet. Stay calm and be specific when you are telling your child to start homework. Praise your child's efforts before correcting mistakes. Take a break if things get heated. Set up a plan to reinforce homework if it is difficult, your child can earn small rewards or privleges for doing it calmly [...]

By | September 14th, 2015|For Parents|

Back To School Routines

School activities are a huge departure from summer days filled with camp, trips, and late bed times.  The transition back to school may not be easy for children or parents.  As your child begins school, work on developing the routine and rituals of getting ready on time, having breakfast, and getting out the door for the school bus or ride.  Getting into these daily routines can be a major source of tension in many families.  Nagging and shouting often occur naturally as the parent tries to get their child moving in the morning.  Remember to keep the tensions down and stay calm.  If your child is not great at one part of the routine (getting out of bed and dressed on time), you can help.  Perhaps clothes for [...]

By | September 14th, 2015|For Parents|
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