I received an email citing January is the month where the divorce rate is the highest. For many kids this was not on the new year’s resolution list of things to deal with. And yet it happens and they feel powerless to do anything about it. Parents can actually help their children get through this or they can add to the general chaos.
It is the time of year when many of us are making resolutions. Some want to break habits such as smoking, overeating, or drinking. Some want to develop habits as reading more, exercising more or parenting better. If we fail to break these goals down into measurable steps, chances are we may fail. A while back a colleague’s husband wrote down a parenting pledge that is specific and meets children’s needs. read more
There are many stresses in the lives of parents these days. Two are currently on a collision path. The first stress is Christmas with the media emphasis on getting the right gifts for everyone. The kids making out long lists of items they “just have to have”. Letters are being written to Santa in hopes of getting everything just because they were “good” this year. As a parent you see these lists, yet the second stressor of this season is the economy. Should you spend your money on fulfilling your child’s wish list or should you stay on that budget? read more
As parents we educate our children/teens about drugs and alcohol citing the addictive nightmares this can have on their lives. But, are you aware that cutting oneself, eating disorders, porn, anxiety, virtual gaming, shopping and gambling can also be addictive and have similar results? read more
Charlie Brown and Chris (According to Chris) have many thing in common. Both are trying to navigate life amidst the drama of relationships at school and at home. It is sad and exhausting to watch these “characters” try different ways to shed the drama only to be a target of criticism and ridicule with their peers. read more