Are you worried about your struggling marriage and its impact on your family, but your spouse isn’t open to seeing a marriage therapist? Your relationship with your spouse sets the example for your children’s future relationships. This is your chance to demonstrate healthy behavior by seeking support for your marriage.
Peer & Family Relationships
What do you do when your kid gets into their first toxic teenage relationship? For you as a parent this can feel like the world you know is crumbling to pieces. You may fear that your child is drifting away down a self destructive path, or that you can no longer protect them. These feelings are completely natural, but we urge you to play the long game instead.
Teenagers, or adolescents, tend to distance themselves from their parents as they enter adolescence. The drive for teenage independence is a normal part of their development.
Parenting teens can be a challenging journey, particularly when it feels as though your adolescent is closed off or pushing you away. It’s natural for parents to question themselves when this happens
What? Your older kid is bullying your younger kid? It happens all the time. Your first instinct will be to focus on your child who is bullying the other. Instead, start by focusing on your kid who is the target of the bullying. Show them empathy and support. This will not only help them feel cared for, but it will also not give your little bully the attention they may be seeking.
Parenting a rebellious teenager can be challenging, especially when it feels like you’re losing connection with them. In order to navigate these years peacefully parents can’t just focus on enforcing rules. Building trust and connection is equally as important as the boundaries you set.
For parents trying to console kids through the pain of heartbreak, it’s important to try to normalize with your child that it’s going to take time.
Digital devices are nothing more than the equivalent of a digital pacifier that distracts kids from dealing with their real issues. Device dependency inhibits a teens ability to develop coping skills and strategies for dealing with the real world. And just like the pacifier, it’s going to be hard to take away!
Most parents want their kids to get involved in extracurricular activities. Sports, art classes, volunteering and a whole range of other kinds of pursuits are important in the development of kids. But why? Engaging in extracurricular activities gives kids an organized social setting where they can develop their social skills.
A good apology is about acknowledging your child’s feelings and making them feel seen.