One of the key tasks of adolescence is for girls to develop a sense of self. This process takes time, quiet solitude, reflection, feedback and role modeling. If girls are “powered up” 24/7, often focused on their virtual self, it's difficult for them to hear their inner voice and to cultivate their authentic self. Parents need to be diligent in helping girls find and take time to be quietly introspective, outwardly active and unplugged.
Mary Ellen Young has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and is the founder and past president of HGNA (Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence). She served as a school board member and was the Family Advocate for a statewide grant pro...View Full Profile
Our children sometimes feel more criticized than understood. In our eagerness to help, parents try to fix problems, correct behaviors or give feedback before we fully understand a child’s perspective. This article offers guidelines for parents who want to talk so their children will listen.
Dr. Eckerd is a licensed psychologist in practice since 1985. She specializes in working with individuals individuals dealing with cognitive rigidity, anxiety, and poor emotional control, social understanding or social skills. She trained extens...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Have your children experienced a friend cutting them off? No longer wanting to be friends? Being “un-friended” on Facebook? If so, you know how much this can leave kids feeling confused, angry and untrusting of their friendships.
Mary Jo Rapini is a licensed certified intimacy/sex relationship psychotherapist in private practice. Mary Jo serves as an intimacy/sex therapist for hospitals and clinics and evaluates patients for bariatric surgery in the Houston area. She wa...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
A family member gets ill, a loved one passes away, parents divorce. All of these issues are challenging. And when there are children in the family who are affected by these serious circumstances, it can be extra difficult to know how, when, where and what to tell them.
Carrie Contey, PhD is an internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting and family life. She guides, supports and inspires her clients to live with wide open and ...View Full Profile
Instead of trying to change a child’s behavior, work needs to be done on changing the adult’s understanding of the actual behavior. Unusual behavior does not mean the child is choosing to misbehave. Behavior is a way to communicate to others. People with behaviors labeled as “difficult” or “challenging” are really sending a message. It may be a message of, “ I need the chance to make choices”, or “I want a friend,” or “ I want some fun in my life,” or “Please believe in my abilities,” or “I wish you could understand what I am thinking.”
Everything Charmaine does is because she believes life can be better. She works with and learns from parents of school-age children with disabilities by providing tools and strategies so their children receive the education they deserve. Ch...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Ideas about communication—what it is and what it should look like—varies from person to person. It has been said that communication starts with listening. But it starts much sooner than that. Communication begins between your ears, with your beliefs about communication.
Because misunderstands take root when you and your partner have different beliefs about what it means to communicate, it is very important to understand each other’s ideas. This article offers advice on improving communication within your family.
Brian R. King LCSW (ADHD & ASD Life Coach) is a #1 Best Selling Author, 25-year cancer survivor, adult with Dyslexia, ADHD, and Asperger’s. He’s also the father of three sons on the autism spectrum. He is known worldwide for his books and highly...View Full Profile
The first time a child talks back to a parent, it is usually just honest emotion being expressed, such as, “No, I don’t like this.” The problem is not with a child’s opinion--which he or she is entitled to--it is the way in which the opinion is voiced. If parents do not immediately correct the way a child communicates, this pattern will continue and become worse over time because children assume this is an acceptable way to express one’s feelings.
Parenting educator Elizabeth Pantley is the author of twelve popular parenting books, available in twenty-six languages, including the best-selling No-Cry Solution series: The No-Cry Discipline Solution The No-Cry Sleep Solution The No-Cry ...View Full ProfileRecent Articles