Comparison: Thief to Your Child’s Self-Esteem

April 12, 2022

We love our kids! And all every parent wants if for their children to be happy and successful. Sometimes we unintentionally do the opposite of what cultivates healthy self-esteem. For example, there’s hardly a parent in the world who hasn’t said something like this to a child in a moment of exasperation: “Look at your brother—he jumps right on his homework after school! Why do I always have to nag you to get yours done?” “Your sister’s a whiz at math, but all you want to do is draw.” Or “Stop giving me attitude! Can’t you just be polite like your brother?”

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Why Teens Vape and How to Help Them Break the Addiction

March 31, 2022

The idea that smoking is cool may have skipped a generation or two, which should have impacted the tobacco companies and caused a major hit to the industry. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case—thanks largely to the rise in vaping, especially among teenagers.

According to a 2019 survey, an estimated 5 million teenagers regularly use e-cigarettes. Up to one million use them every day. Cigarettes may no longer be cool, but e-cigarettes or vapes have taken their place. Learn about the dangers of vaping and what you can do to support your teenager.

Estimated reading time: 3.5 minutes

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Parenting Support for Children and Teens: How to Put a Stop to Cyberbullying

March 15, 2022

This morning, a friend of mine shared a social media post about a 12-year-old boy who had just died from suicide. They attribute some of the boy’s discouragement to bullying, though I’m unsure if it was online or offline. The timing was uncanny as I was writing this article. It stopped me in my tracks.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

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How to Help Your Teen Break Their Cell-Phone Addiction

March 08, 2022

Parents across the nation are increasingly aware of the dangers of phone addiction and excessive screen time. In younger children, this addiction can be remedied somewhat simply by having an honest conversation about screens and by taking away screens after your child has used up their allotted time.

However, for teenagers, cell phone addiction is harder to break and usually more entrenched than it is in younger children. That’s because today’s teens have grown up in the iPhone age, and much of their social life is conducted through social media apps on their phones.

Estimated reading [...]

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The Waiting Game: Teaching Patience to Children

February 17, 2022

You are probably familiar with the impatience of children of all ages. “Mommy, how much longer?” or “Daddy, why do we have to wait?” or “Can we go home now? I’m bored.”

These are just a few murmurings from an infinite well of questions coming from my little girl. Whether we’re at the grocery store, doctor’s office, or simply in the car driving, she lacks patience. But I don’t blame my little one… everything was instant when she was a baby! They cry, we come. They’re completely dependent on us. So it’s understandable when young children have difficulty waiting. After all, their brains are [...]

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How to Teach Your Teen to Set Healthy Boundaries

January 27, 2022

Boundaries are important for everyone when it comes to maintaining physical, mental, and emotional health. As a parent, you’re in a unique position to showcase that importance to your teenagers. By modeling and teaching your teen to set healthy boundaries now, you can set them up for better personal health and stronger relationships in the future.

Estimated reading time: 4.5 minutes

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Managing Kids’ Screen Time and Building a Healthy Kid-Parent Relationship

January 13, 2022

Nowadays, kids are almost always on their smartphones, tablets, computers, etc. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, U.S. kids ages eight to twelve on average tend to spend around four to six hours daily watching or using devices with screens. In addition, teens in the U.S. spend up to nine hours of screen time.

Of course, most everyone enjoys screen time. However, as the parent, it’s wise to keep track of how long your child is on their device(s).

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

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How to Encourage and Positively Talk About Failure to Your Child

December 28, 2021

From an early age, we’re inundated by the concept of success through television, movies, the music industry, social media, and other people.

But the pressure to succeed doesn’t only affect children. Many parents also feel the strain. Some parents resort to extreme measures to help their children prosper in academic and extracurricular activities.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

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Aching to Feel Heard? Crucial Skills for Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents

December 06, 2021

 

Adult children of emotionally immature parents are often left feeling like they can't make it on their own or somehow that they're not enough. These same parents are often self-involved, and they give mixed messages to their children growing up about their lovability and individuality. Parents' emotional immaturity denies a child the deep sense of being felt and seen, which hinders a child's budding self-identity.

 

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes

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Promote Greater Resilience in Children and Teens with 3 Simple Actions

November 09, 2021

Resilience is a hot topic, especially after the pandemic quarantines and subsequent unpredictability for children, teens, and adults alike. As a parent, we cannot control many things that happen in our children's lives socially or at school. However, we can empower our children by teaching them resiliency and emotional intelligence skills to help them respond effectively to life's curveballs and challenges.

Emotional fitness defends against the effects of stress like physical exercise creates healthy, toned muscles that prevent injury. Just like our muscles need stretching and exertion to [...]

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