Saturday, October 20, 2018

Parents Are Helping Their Children Fail

“…you’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem.” Eldridge Cleaver spoke these words in 1968, and while he wasn’t precisely referring to parents, his words are still true. If we are not doing more for our children, if we are just waiting for the schools to churn out successful children, we [...]

Raising Successful Sons

Is your son failing? That was the question I posed yesterday, and it is the question that author Richard Whitmire believes is answered all too frequently with a resounding “Yes!” by parents. He writes in his book, Why Boys Fail, about the reasons that our sons are failing as they flounder in an educational system [...]

Is Your Son Failing?

As the mother of three boys my eyes were drawn to the title of the book, Why Boys Fail, by Richard Whitmire. Parents do not want to assume that the gender of their child will play a part in his or her success or failure, but as Whitmire points out time and time again, boys [...]

Surviving Bed Rest During Pregnancy

I was working full-time, had recently moved into a new home, and unsuspectingly went in for my monthly pregnancy appointment with my OB. Suddenly my blood pressure was too high, there was protein in my urine, and I was on bed rest for preeclampsia. It is frightening to hear your physician tell you that for [...]

Easy and Unique Graduation Party Ideas

Graduation is just around the corner for thousands of students – from kindergarten to high school to college – and parents everywhere are feeling the pressure to throw the perfect graduation party to commemorate the occasion. I am still one year away from the momentous marking of high school graduation for my oldest, but I [...]

Communication Tips for Work-at-Home Parents

Life as a work-at-home mom (WAHM) is filled with unpredictable moments of chaos and unexpected moments of peace. When you have to communicate with clients and co-workers through email, chatting, Skype, or phone calls, it can seem more chaotic than calm, but there are a few things you can do to create the best chances [...]

Does Self-Esteem Reduce Respect?

Increased Self-Esteem Can Decrease Respectful Behaviors You hear it from older generations all of the time – these young kids just don’t have respect for their elders. I’m one of those people who agrees with that sentiment. I expect my own teens to test their independence with me and their father, and I expect their [...]

10 Summer Vacations for Families

I can almost feel the sand between my toes – summer is approaching that quickly. If you are hoping to make some summer vacation memories with your kids, but are struggling for a plan, consider these flexible and memory-making ideas. 1. Houseboats – Take a mini-cruise by renting your own houseboat for a lazy week [...]

Help Your Child Overcome Fears and Phobias

Spiders, thunderstorms, and the dark – kids of all ages have worries and fears. These natural experiences, however, can become interruptive and almost debilitating for some kids who don’t develop tools to handle their fears and eventually move beyond them. A report published in the Journal of Child Psychology, Fears, Worries, and Scary Dreams in [...]

Too Much Baby Proofing

Are You Surrounding Your Child with Too Much Care? You’ve been anticipating the arrival of your precious child and need to make sure your home is a safe and secure place for her to grow and thrive. But can there be too much baby proofing – too much of a good thing? Yes – when [...]

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