Many new moms are given this advice, “rest when the baby rests.” It is important to do this so you have the strength to enjoy your new little one. The temptation is to get caught up on cleaning while the child is resting which deprives you of the energy it takes to build that relationship. If you think about rearing a child into adulthood successfully it is through the relationship that is established from the beginning.
I am connected to a fun group of counselors from across the US and Canada. I was recently discussing things that are now obsolete in this decade. Items such as the yellow pages, encyclopedia, landlines, wires, film cameras, the time lady, 35 mm film, and floppy drives have been replaced by newer and better versions or technology. There was some grief over the time lady, but I believe this was pure nostalgia. read more
I was having breakfast out prior to the big holiday shopping spree. There was a grandfather having a breakfast conversation with his two grandsons who looked to be about 9 and 12 years old. My ears perked up when he said, “We need a plan…” He continued, “Well, your grandma is in on the plan and stands ready to wrap anything we bring home. And the best part is that she will keep your gift a secret!” They were talking about a strategy for shopping for the boys’ parent. I began imagining all sorts of fun they were going to have implementing their plan, learning how to give meaningfully to others. These types of conversations help to reinforce the values of gratitude, respect, and appreciation that we want to nurture in our children. read more
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, better known as ADHD is a developmental disorder. As parents of these kids it is common to lament about the lack of attention, forgetfulness, or the amazing energy that sometimes can not be channeled. While all of these symptoms are challenging it overshadows the real problem of the child/teens lack of impulse control. read more
Yelling is everywhere these days. We see examples of this at sporting events, in stores, in the parking lot and some while driving their car. Wikipedia lists several reasons for yelling/screaming: 1 “Fear and Surprise” the result is to call attention to yourself. 2 “Happiness” which conveys a positive emotion to others. 3 “Danger and Pain” which informs others of danger. Reading on it cites the battle cry, death growl and rebel yell as more options to consider. Interestingly that this falls under oral communication to prepare for a battle. read more