Today I am borrowing from a much wiser and well known writer to help convey an important parenting concept. If like me, you grew up hearing "Do as I say not as I do," and tried that as a way of parenting, you probably have already discovered that it doesn't work. Integrity is a much … Continue reading Model What You Want Them To Be
Earlier this week I blogged “What were you THINKING!?!”, concerning adult reaction when older children make poor decisions. A news report concerning adolescents taking selfies on active railroad tracks, encouraged me to continue on this topic. In the last year over 500 deaths on railroad tracks have been reported. One of the issues is the … Continue reading Following the Adolescent Mind
Making wise choices comes about from experiences and practice as well as maturation. In any situation, children see what they are focusing on. It is only with growth and lessons learned that they begin to realize that there are consequences to every action. They are usually as surprised as anyone else when things don't go … Continue reading What Were You THINKING!?!
The day had seemed long when Gabby opened the back door to the kitchen. It wasn’t that she felt sad, more like empty. Unsure of why she felt this way, she knew she felt like she needed a hug, a tight one, one that said, “You are all right the way you are.” Mom was … Continue reading Miss Misunderstood- an unpublished new story
I recently wrote a story entitled “Miss Misunderstood” to address the pre-teen dilemma of feeling “no one gets me”. With this on my mind, many things that I observed fit into the same category making it clear, that it isn’t an issue limited to preteens and teens. Perhaps they react more vocally than other age … Continue reading Understanding One Another
Facilitating learning of many aspects of life is in a parent’s hands whether they choose for it to be or not. Some know exactly how they want their kids to be and others feel ill equipped for the responsibility. With the many influences available for children, preparing them, and not overprotecting them can be daunting. … Continue reading I Didn’t Know What To Do!
Worry, doubt, fear, sadness and poor self esteem don’t belong in children. Adults either. But we expect children to be happy and playful and full of joy. How do they take on so much negativity at such a young age? Although it is assumed that traumatic experiences are the cause, more often than not, it … Continue reading 10 Ways to Help Children Face Negative Emotions and Find Happiness