"The other night, my husband and I argued at dinner in front of the children. My five-year-old son yelled at us to ‘Keep quiet!’ … My three-year-old had a tough time going to bed, which is unusual for her. Could this have had anything to do with mommy and daddy...
Five Simple Resolutions That’ll Make You a Better Parent This Year
"TBOG...My new year's resolution is to be a more patient mom. But when I told my thirteen-year-old, she [and my entire family] reminded me that I had made the same resolution last year. It punctured my resolve and guilt set in. I feel like a failure, even...
DEALING WITH TEENAGE TANTRUMS
Is there a particular thing we as parents must do to successfully engage our ever tantrum-spewing adolescent? Might there be anything in particular we might be doing wrong as parents that sets up teenage-hood to be a difficult time for us? From our wealth of research and experience, the answer is both yes and no. There are times in life where we can control certain outcomes. But in situations where outcomes cannot be controlled, being equipped with the requisite knowledge helps one to go through with minimal scarring. Such is the adolescence dilemma.
HOW TO USE CRISIS TO CONNECT MORE DEEPLY WITH YOUR ADOLESCENT
Life is full of ups and downs and as our children mature, they discover painfully that good things will not happen to them simply because they are good. It is why we encourage every parent to raise emotionally resilient teenagers. When these crises situations occur, we must have tough conversations with our children, especially adolescents, whether that’s explaining to your teenager why Grandma died or hearing from your twelve-year-old that she was body-shamed in class or having your sixteen-year-old fall apart on the night before his big speech. Whatever the case, when crises occur, the appropriate response is not to shy away from it and pretend it never happened.
THE SOCIAL CONTEXTS FOR IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT; The Seven Places Where Identities Are Forged
Sometimes, we behave differently when we are in a particular social context and that is not a problem if your anchor (who you are) is well defined. It is the definition of who you are that will help your behaviour in each of those Places. Identity consolidation occurs when who you are in each of those places complements your other selves. It is safe to say that our identity is a proposition. It’s a summation of who everyone around us has said we are right from the time we were born. Sometimes we can forget this and feel trapped, struggling to meet those expectations. But understanding that we are much larger than who we are told we are, frees us from those mental limitations and makes seemingly impossible new life paths possible.
ADOLESCENTS; WHY THEY ACT THE WAY THEY DO
As parents of adolescents, you try to help your son or daughter make good decisions. You provide guidance. You give them facts. You explain the pros and cons. You talk to other parents to glean wisdom. You think about how you felt when you were a teen, and the consequences you suffered when you made poor decisions. You think you have finally set your adolescent up for success. But then you find out that your adolescent has taken none of your advice and has done exactly what they wanted to do all along! Moms and dads, while this is frustrating and upsetting, there is a physiological explanation as to why they behave this way. A significant part of your adolescents’ brain, the prefrontal cortex, is undeveloped.
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THE A.A.H.A. PATHWAY TO A BLAME-FREE AND GUILT-FREE PARENTING RELATIONSHIP
“Blame is the lie by which we convince ourselves that we are victims. It is the lie that robs us of our serenity, our generosity, our confidence, and our delight in life . . . For it is the act of blaming that can't co-exist with self-responsibility -- or with freedom...
The Secret to Raising an Emotionally Agile Teenager
Emotional agility is an individual’s ability to experience their thoughts and emotions and events in a way that doesn’t drive them in negative ways but instead encourages them to reveal the best of themselves. This is an important skill every adolescent should be taught to develop because it will strengthen their resilience and ability to return to pre-crisis state.
5 TIPS FOR PARENTING TEENAGERS
"Try to see your child as a seed that came in a packet without a label. Your job is to provide the right environment and nutrients and to pull the weeds. You can’t decide what kind of flower you’ll get or in which season it will bloom." -- Anonymous As parents, we...
CAN AN ADOLECENT TRULY FALL IN LOVE?
"The other day, I found my 14-year-old snooping around the house looking for a secluded place. I pretended as though I didn't notice and then when he thought no one was paying any attention to him, he settled down to make a call. As I listened, I realized that he...
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR ADOLESCENT KEEPS BAD FRIENDS
“Why don’t you like my friend’s dressing?” “So, what if Samson wears a durag? It doesn’t mean he’s a bad boy.” “Why don’t you trust me? Amanda isn’t a bad friend.” “Relax! It’s not like he’s a yahoo boy!” Bad friends are every parent’s nightmare. What should parents...