Parents often become less involved in the lives of their children as they enter the middle grades. What can I do to be a good parent for my early adolescent child?
Mention being the parent of a
young adolescent and other adults may roll their eyes and
express their sympathy.
The mood swings we're all so wonderfully familiar with begin the moment we're born. Like us, our children can be giggling one minute and fussy the next. Employing these "mood management techniques" can go a long way to getting your kid -- and yourself -- through the day and life in general.
If there is one lesson you have probably learned as a
parent, it is to expect the most embarrassing moments to occur at
the most inappropriate times! Many of these mishaps seem to
happen at the table. So, when your toddler says or does something
that makes you and your husband appear that you have absolutely
no idea what table manners are... say to yourself, "Don't worry,
it's my rite of passage as a parent" (and of course, it makes for
great dinner party conversation).
Is your child ready to be a "big kid" and use the toilet?
Or are you the one ready to be done with the diapers? If you're
planning to potty-train, be sure to take your child's age and
temperament into account. Some studies show that starting too
early can actually delay the process! Find out more here.
The most common issues between parents and teens arise due to poor communication, power struggles and a lack of empathy.
Picky eaters may have certain standards of what they will and will not eat, but it turns out they're getting almost as much nutrition as other kids -- especially when you sneak it in at snack time.
Oprah just ruined my kids' lives; by telling me I've been ruining them by never saying no. Well, not never -- but certainly not enough.