Parenting Children

What To Do When Mean Girls Are Mean To Your Daughter

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Parenting Children, Parenting Teens, Raising Self-Esteem | 0 comments

Last year I wrote an article, “Why Mean Girls Are Mean.” In that article I discussed research that showed some reasons why this phenomenon is ever-present in the lives of our girls (it happens to our boys too.) Some search for the power they feel when they put someone else down was well as a boost to their status in their peer group, or so they think. So what can we as parents do to help our daughters navigate this world that can seem sometimes cruel and isolating? Here are 4 suggestions that might help. Listen. If you are privileged enough to have a teenaged daughter that will actually...

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Does My Daughter Have ADHD?

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Parenting Children, Parenting Teens | 0 comments

According to the DSM-5, “ADHD occurs in most cultures in about 5% of children and about 2.5% of adults. The ratio of boys to girls diagnosed with ADHD is approximately 2:1 in children and 1.6:1 in adults. Females are more likely than males to present primarily with inattentive features. ADHD is mostly diagnosed during the elementary school years and inattention becomes more prominent and impairing. During adolescence signs of hyperactivity are less common and may be more confined to fidgetiness or an inner feeling of jitteriness, restlessness, or impatience. In adulthood, along with...

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How to Make Your Children More Motivated

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Parenting Children, Parenting Teens, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s that time of year, the kids are in the full swing of school and in their groove.. or are they? Do you find you’re needing to push your son to study longer? When you check on your daughter’s homework is she instead having a Netflix marathon while face-timing 3 friends? Remember, all kids have basic needs and if you can meet those needs you can predict you’ll have cooperative and motivated kids. Our job as parents is to set a climate in whatever setting where the kids will be most responsive to listening to us. Here are their three basic needs and how we can help them meet them. 1)...

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Is My Teen Depressed?

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Parenting Children, Parenting Teens | 0 comments

Teenagers are known to be irritable, moody and sometimes outright rude. They spend hours in their room, face timing with friends, keeping the door shut and snarling at either parent who dares to open the door. So how do you know if your daughter is depressed or if it’s just normal teenage angst? An adolescent (or adult) who is diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, according to the new DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition,) “shows five or more of the following symptoms have been present during the same 2-week period and represent a change from...

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Cherish What You Have

Posted by on Sep 13, 2015 in Parenting Children, Parenting Teens | 0 comments

I do not normally personalize my articles, however, I have experienced deep emotions this past week that have made me sit back and do a great deal of reflecting. A high school friend of mine lost his 14-year-old daughter in a tragic accident last weekend. In the blink of an eye his entire life changed. It is so important to realize how very precious life is before it is too late. I am not saying it’s not important to make sure your kids learn how to take care of themselves or that they don’t need to learn manners or how to do their own laundry. I am not saying it is not okay to get...

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How to Talk to Your Teen About Drugs and Alcohol

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Parenting Children, Parenting Teens | 0 comments

Drugs and alcohol have been around forever and are not going away any time soon. They are a part of our culture and, to most, seem like a right of passage for teenagers. Some parents have the view that they know their children are going to experiment during their teenage years and they keep their fingers crossed, hope for the best and also hope their kids don’t make stupid mistakes or take things too far. Some might recall their own experiences as a teen with drugs and alcohol and say, “I turned out okay so they should be okay too.” But how many of you have seen the recent attention...

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