What can parents do to get through to their difficult children? How can they make their children behave differently? Most teenagers find it hard to progress from being a child to an adult. In this period of transition, parenting a child becomes a struggle because these are the years when they mature physically, emotionally and socially. The teenage years often take a toll not just on the teens themselves, but also on their parents and siblings. More often than not, what teenagers need are attention and understanding from the people around them. As parents, here are a few ways you can deal with this situation. Read more »
The need for daycare is something that many parents face out of sheer necessity. This is typical when both parents work outside of the home or a child lives primarily in a single parent household where the parent works. The need for good, quality care is something that is challenging for parents as you want to make sure that the right setting is the one that will help your toddler grow and thrive. It is essential to a child’s development to be in the right daycare setting and when you take the time to better understand the ways that such regimented care can help your child you will come to better understand the importance it will play in the overall development of your child. Read more »
We live in a world where social media plays a vital role in life. Most of us grew up in a time where most of our interactions were physical. When we wanted to talk to people, we had to meet up with them in person or use a phone to stay in touch. The lure of social media is inevitable in these times. Your teenager is growing up in a world where a person can be reached through the Internet or text messaging. With the help of a smart phone, he or she is instantly able to communicate with peers at any time of the day or night. Here are ways to teach your child the value of relationships in these high tech times. Read more »
Children often suffer from social anxiety. The impact could be telling on children unable to cope with stress that other children deal normally. It could be speaking in public, reading aloud during class or even playing with other kids; social anxiety can strike anytime. Many children refuse to attend school because of this. An anxious child can be aggressive, has the tendency to be shy and totally disinterested to play. Here are some tips to help your child overcome social anxiety. Read more »
Credit is more important today than it’s ever been, and it’s essential that children learn how to use it responsibly before they step into the adult world. In fact, the learning process should start roughly when they’re out of diapers. Habits formed early last for a lifetime, and parents who want their children to avoid the pitfalls of massive debt and bankruptcy should start guiding their children as soon as they’re able to comprehend numbers. Read more »
There are different definitions of what positive parenting is but, in general, it is a style of parenting that focuses on raising happy and secure children through building a strong relationship and using non-physical forms of discipline (no spanking). Positive parenting is often linked to attachment parenting and natural parenting. There are many ways you start practicing positive parenting in your home. You can choose to use the methods that work for your family, or you can choose to adopt the philosophy wholeheartedly. Here are just a few ways you can incorporate positive parenting in your home. Read more »
What did we do as kids before the internet, game consoles, cable and satellite TV, and text messaging? Actress Meryl Streep shares what she did and why she advocates a dose of it for kids today. Read more »
As the rates for divorce and remarriage increase there are more and more married couples who both have children from a previous relationship. When they live together they are considered to be a blended family. Combining two families in this way can be problematic, especially if the parents have drastically different parenting techniques. In order to maintain harmony in the home and help the children and parents to blend together effortlessly, use these five tips with your own family. Read more »
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it (Proverbs 22:6).
If you do not prepare your children to become strong adults, then you are leaving it in the hands of others, which you cannot guarantee that it will be done in accordance to your beliefs. Teach them what the Bible says about those things that will affect their future. Following are a few areas in which to pass along. Read more »
Are clothing prices — along with the prices of everything else — doing a real number on your budget? While saving you money on everything is beyond the scope of this article we think you will find some helpful suggestions on wallet-friendly ways to save money on your kids’ clothes. You’ll find how to create and manage a clothing swap, how to shop consignment sales, yard sales, and find other places to get great clothes — places you may not have considered. Read more »
The standard Christian parent doesn’t condone teenage drinking habits. In fact most would staunchly discourage it. This, however, doesn’t change the fact that the majority of American teenagers have not only consumed alcohol but have consumed it at alarming rates. It is easy for parents to say, “No, not my kids,” but the fact of the matter remains most kids these days are experimenting with drinking. Regardless of whether or not you think your child is among them, it is crucial to know the facts, and to talk to your children about what is becoming an epidemic within American teenagers: Binge Drinking. Read more »
The end of a relationship is always hard but seeing your child go through a break-up brings a new kind of emotional turmoil that is unfamiliar to new parents. You want to protect your son or daughter, want to relieve the pain you know they’re going through, and would do anything to make them smile but you are probably met with resistance and malaise.
While it is important to remember that break-ups are a part of life and that it’s appropriate for your children to grieve the loss of a relationship, there are some things you can do to ease your child’s transition back into single life. Read more »
As your big kid leaves for college, he or she faces the most difficult life transition since venturing out of the house and away from mommy to attend kindergarten. No matter how cool and calm your freshman appears, underneath that placid exterior beats a heart filled with sheer terror. As the big voice says at Disneyland, “Fasten your lap-belts securely, and remain seated until the ride comes to full and complete stop.” Read more »
One of the major concerns for parents is that their children are safe when playing outside. It can often be difficult to do this while having to manage daily chores as well. There is no easy way to ensure that the children are safe outside the house. Parents can only take some precautions to reduce the chances of anything bad happening to them. Even with these precautions you would still need to keep a close eye on them. The safety concerns will always increase drastically once the children are outside their house but it is also not possible to keep them trapped inside all the time. Playing outside is part of their training too. However, here are four measures you can take to ensure their safety when outside the house. Read more »
The age of 16 is a milestone for teenagers in America and a year of dread for many of their parents. Along with the milestone comes a driver’s license and the beginning of many sleepless nights for moms and dads. As parents, it is our job to teach our children to be safe, competent drivers–both for their safety and the safety of others on the road. Here are steps you can take to make sure that your child can safely share the road with the hundreds of drivers that are already out there. Read more »
The average undergraduate spends nearly six years and $100,000 completing her bachelors’ degree; and, as she earns a diploma, she also comes-of-age. Therefore, choosing the “right” college or university numbers among life’s most important and most difficult decisions. Read more »
While a family road trip is a great way to spend a vacation, there are also several lessons that you can teach your children while on the road. Since you will have so much time together, this gives you the perfect opportunity to give your kids some valuable lessons. While there are a lot of things that you can teach your children on a road trip,
these are the four most important lessons. Read more »
Grace is a word much like love. It is difficult to define and describe for many. When I went to dictionary.com to look up the word I was sort of satisfied with some of the answers. One definition is “favor or goodwill,” and another “a manifestation of favor.” The last definition is “mercy; clemency; pardon. All of those definitions kind of encompass what grace is, but there really is no real definition for God’s grace. Grace is getting the good even though we do not deserve it, and that is hard to grasp logically. I might not be able to explain it or fully understand it, but I know God’s grace is real. How though, could I explain it to my children? Read more »
Volunteering is an important character building experience and something more and more parents are choosing to introduce to their children. Letting your children volunteer for projects and help their community will not only give them a sense of maturity and independence but it will also fill them with a sense of pride. You’ll no doubt be filled with pride, too! Read more »
The word “hobbies” has a sort-of old-fashioned ring to it but an avalanche of handheld and keyboard gadgets generally has buried the whole idea of hobbies. Child development specialists are discovering that, although children gain technical proficiency and often develop precocious literacy and numeracy skills, they pay a high price for forgetting old-fashioned hobbies. Read more »
Almost all parents will need to pick out the perfect car seat for their child at some point. Even those who use public transportation the majority of the time will require a car seat in taxis, trains and airplanes. Although choosing the perfect car seat may not be as much fun as selecting cute clothes or toys, it is an important item that can protect your child in the case of an emergency. There are several things to keep in mind when choosing and purchasing a new car seat, so consider each before making your final decision. Read more »
Saving money is an important life skill to learn. Children are especially impressionable, so teaching them the virtues of saving money is a great way to help them develop effective financial habits. Here are 5 ways a parent can help their child learn about the importance of saving money. Read more »
Misbehavior from children never actually has good timing but one of the worst times to have to be a parent is while driving. In fact, many children are more motivated to misbehave while in the car because they know their parents’ attention will be on the road and not on them. While it can be difficult to parent your children while in the car, it’s important to note that there is never a time when you can stop being a parent. With safety in mind, here are five tips you can use to effectively manage your children without causing an accident. Read more »
Once a trip to your doctor has confirmed that your child has the flu, it’s time to get ready to weather the influenza “storm.” Since influenza is a virus, it cannot be cured. It must be allowed to run its course while you and your child just wait it out. Flu symptoms may last more than a week. However, there are some things you can do to make your child much more comfortable and, perhaps, even shorten the length of illness. You can relieve and soothe your children’s aches and pains with basic home care. Read more »
One traditional criticism of homeschooling is the apparent inability to measure the child’s progress and rate it in comparison to the standards set by public or private school curriculums. Much of this belief comes from the perception that homeschooling is basically unstructured and that these standardized benchmarks are the only way to measure success. Read more »
Twenty-six years ago, a baby boy with profound developmental problems entered the life of my family. Today, my son is 26 years old. He has accomplished wonderful things over the years, although he’s still disabled. Here are a few lessons we’ve learned in that time. Read more »
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are terms used for a chronic condition associated with a particular set of behaviors. According to the Mayo Clinic, ADHD is the preferred term today because it more accurately describes the condition’s primary aspects. ADHD usually involves a combination of problems including attention difficulties, hyperactivity, and impulsive behaviors. Read more »
There is no doubt that having kids is an expensive exercise and so it can be tempting to try and minimize that expense by avoiding paying out regular pocket money. However, before you close your wallet in an attempt to save some of your hard earned cash for yourself, consider some of the genuine and valuable advantages to giving your kids pocket money, and then decide whether they are outweighed by the cons. Read more »
Children are naturally happy. It’s the events and the people around them that make them unhappy. Parents not being able to spend enough time with kids because of busy work schedules can make children sad and feel unloved. Parents must learn to manage the time they have left during the weekend to spend time with their children to keep them happy, positive and feel loved and cared for. Over discipline, not giving in to their wants and strict and angry parents also make them unhappy. But that doesn’t mean that you have to give children what they want all the time. Read more »
Understanding the signs and symptoms of visual problems in your children is crucial in identifying if they may need to wear glasses. Visual development occurs rapidly in the first few years of their lives and by the time they reach the age of 7 years their eyes are considered to be fully developed. Read more »
Here’s some good information and advice for parents whose children play Wii. And it’s also good advice for you, too!
The electronic game of Wii, with its multiple types of games and, now, exercise routines, is enjoying yet another round of popularity. The dance craze hit the waves–hot on the heels of the two-person sports games– have blasted Wii into the top ranks again. And not just with kids. Adults of all ages are joining the queues of Wii users, too. Unfortunately, many are more enthusiastic than physically able to withstand the new stresses on the body. Read more »
Sunday O’Brien is a freelance writer and a guest blogger for Guide To Online Schools
As parents, we are responsible for instilling values in our children. In fact, Proverbs 22:6 tells us “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Sharing God’s Word with our children is one of the most important parts of that training. Why not make it a little easier with a Bible your kids won’t want to put down? Whether you need a first Bible or a more adult version, these Bibles make it fun and easy to introduce the word of God to your kids and help them explore their faith as the years go by. Reading these with your kids may even give you a fresh perspective on familiar passages too! Read more »
In theory, working at home is an ideal situation. But in reality, it’s difficult to balance the needs of your family with the needs of your clients. Phones, fax machines and e-mails have no common courtesy, nor does your client really care about your personal situation. You are simply a means to an end consisting of a telephone number, an e-mail address and a 1099 at the end of the year. For the most part, you are not afforded special considerations and must respond to their needs or your business will suffer. Read more »
Do you sometimes have difficulty getting your child to sleep? You’re not alone. For many parents, bed time can be one of the most stressful parts of the day. At a time when you are tired and your temper may be somewhat frazzled, your child decides he or she doesn’t want to go to sleep. Read more »
One of the hardest things you might experience when taking care of your baby is having them cry all throughout when it’s baby bath time. It’s a bit unnerving because you don’t get to concentrate on what you are doing with them. Plus, it makes you feel worried too that you might just be doing something wrong or hurtful to make them cry that way while you are bathing them. So to help soothe your baby as you give them a bath, here are some useful tips you may want to try. Read more »
Babies are a joy to have in a family. But there are times that these little ones may show grumpiness and irritability. It is the role of the parents to see through all these mood changes and often it is very hard to tell why babies cry or are not in the mood. It is more difficult when a baby shows these reactions at night. It is common for very young infants to stay awake even in the wee hours but when there’s crying and grumpiness evident, a parent should look into the reasons why baby cannot sleep soundly night after night. Read more »
It is an exciting time to prepare your baby’s nursery but knowing the right time is also important. Some parents may choose to have it done while the mother has just received the good news that she’s pregnant. Other parents prefer to set up the baby’s nursery together with the construction and interior design of their homes. Read more »
“Self Esteem” is an important part of growth and development. Fostering a healthy sense of self can help your child avoid problems with bullying peer pressure as she approaches the teen years. Kids that feel better about themselves perform better at school, and are more likely to stay active and healthy. There are a few key ways you can build your child’s self respect as they grow. Read more »
The business of ‘doing your business’ can be a messy proposition especially with toddlers. Good hygiene consists of much more than just washing hands.
First, when it comes to the potty chair and the removable bowl, you may want to show your child the correct way to clean it out and have them do it themselves.
Change your child’s underwear or training pants as soon as possible after soiling so s/he doesn’t become comfortable with or even enjoy, being soiled. Read more »
The Internet is an haven for child molesters, sexual offenders and pedophiles. Right now, these sexual predators are “trolling” the net looking for a child just like yours!
Now there is a software program that can help keep our kids safe when they go online.
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With the H.E.A.R.T. potty training method you get a simple method with no complexities, extremely high success rate, potty training that works with your child, reasons why this method works, and a happy child who thinks he trained himself
This ebook contains a method written by someone with a degree in Psychology, who has been studying children’s learning styles for over 20 years.
You will learn:
• How to avoid the #1 mistake most parents make that causes them to take months to potty train.
• The ten commandments of potty training and how one “mistake” can cost you in training hours.
• The sure fire secret to persuading your child to want to use the potty, and how to make it fun!
• Two ways to increase your energy investment for five hours and why this is important to your child.
• Four supply items that you don’t want to be without and how to use them to make training fun.
• A Step-by-Step explanation of how your child really trains himself or herself.
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How much longer will you tolerate the dishonesty and disrespect? How many more temper tantrums and arguments will you endure? Have you wasted a lot of time and energy trying to make your child change?
If so, then this might be the most important book you’ll ever read. The author, Mark Hutten, M.A. says, “The problem is that most parents of strong-willed, out of control teenagers have tried very hard to regain control — but with little or no success. And it seems the harder the parent tries, the more the teenager
‘acts-out.’ I often hear the following statement from parents: ‘I’ve tried everything with this child — and nothing works!’ But when they attend my parent-program, they soon discover they have not tried everything, rather they have tried some things.”
This ebook is an online version of the parent-program for working parents who are struggling with their out-of-control teenagers, and you will experience the same success as those who attend the program in person. You will learn cut-to-the-chase parenting strategies that work immediately rather than months or years down the road.
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Discover 10 actions you can take to earn back your children’s trust… guaranteed! Don’t make the mistakes this Bad Dad did! This ebook reveals how to reverse years of damage to your relationship with your children.
Read Bad Dad: 10 Keys to Regaining Trust to discover how to save the most important relationships in your life! Written by a former “bad dad” himself, you must read his story and see the 10 points introduced.
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We all want our children to be happy, don’t we? If your child is miserable because he or she is being bullied, then this is the most important message you’ll EVER read.
In this new ebook, Free From Bullies, you will be shown the exact steps you need to take to eliminate bullying from your child’s life. And the steps are explained in a simple, easy-to-follow format. Have you ever wondered why your attempts to get help from the school or club have failed?
Bullying is a difficult issue and some teachers and leaders do not have the confidence to deal with it. You will be shown the steps you need to take.
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Do you believe being a good parent requires you to sacrifice for your kids? That kids inherently hate rules? Misbehavior is wrong? If so, you’ll be shocked and amazed by an incredible new learning method that turns these (and many more) common parenting beliefs totally upside down.
Based on the universal principles of teamwork, mutual respect, honest communication, non-judgmental awareness and curiosity, this simple system is easy to learn and fun to use for parents and kids alike. You’ll be totally amazed by the results.
Dissolve stressful parent-child power struggles, whining and temper tantrums. Discover how to turn your family into a cooperative, enthusiastic team!
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This ebook says that using the “G.O.L.D. Standard”, your family can be a success! The acronym stands for Gratitude, Obedience, Love/Respect, Discipline, and Service. Look at and listen to the video, and sign up for the free, no obligation, newsletter.
The “G.O.L.D. Standard” is a “token economy” program where children can earn tickets for demonstrating good behavior, doing chores, and for developing and utilizing desired values. They also pay tickets for certain privileges such as watching TV or playing video games. They lose tickets for misbehavior, not doing their chores, breaking family rules, and acting inappropriately.
Children respond amazingly well when they have something tangible that can be given or taken away immediately. Many children even start asking their parents for work! The Positive Parenting e-book gives step by step instructions on how to implement this program in your home. Written by Wendy Jensen, author of Sign Language for Babies.
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