One of the hardest parts of being a parent is that you have this person in your life that you are completely responsible for, but you can't actually control. Yes, you can influence, encourage, support and punish this person. But, in the end, they are a separate individual from you and going to do things their own way and you just have to take a back seat and deal with it (preferably without losing your temper).…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 10, 2014 at 6:20am — No Comments
The taste of ice cold lemonade, the feeling of the cool grass between your toes, the sounds of children laughing, the smell of sunscreen and chlorine, and seeing your neighbors in their yards… ahh, summer time is finally here! It doesn’t matter your age or what your work schedule looks like, this time of year seems to bring out the fun in most of us. For our kids it is the break they have been looking forward to since New Year. For adults, it reminds us of our own youth and how carefree we…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on July 8, 2014 at 4:32pm — No Comments
May is National Mental Health Awareness month. We have come a long way as a nation over the last couple of decades in how we view mental health issues, however, we still need to continue to improve the way people with a mental illness are viewed and treated.
Mental health is simply our emotional, mental, and spiritual health. It is just as important as our physical health. In fact, the two go hand-in-hand. It is important for us to realize that people of all ages, race, ethnicity,…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on May 13, 2014 at 3:29pm — No Comments
Children are embarrassing; it's in their nature. I believe that many adults are often jealous of children's social "pass" in getting to say whatever is on their minds at any time: "That woman is fat!" or "I can see your underwear and it's blue!" or "The food you cook tastes like poopy!" are all things that can be yelled by children at the decibel level of a jackhammer with little immediate repercussions beyond a parent saying, "please use…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 28, 2014 at 6:33am — No Comments
I have recently been talking to one of my close friends regarding parenting struggles he is having with his teenagers. The topic of protecting the parent-teen relationship in the context of setting boundaries and consequences has come up several times. I began to think about how to negotiate the boundaries and consequences all families must have to function effectively, within the parent-teen relationship.
In my friend’s case, he is concerned if he is too strict or pushes too hard he…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on March 21, 2014 at 5:48pm — No Comments
One of the most valuable resources our society has at our disposable is parent leadership. February is National Parent Leadership month. Created by Parents Anonymous ® Inc. in 2004, February is set aside to recognize, honor and celebrate parents for their invaluable leadership roles in their homes and communities, as well as state, national and international arenas. This annual event acknowledges the strengths of parents as leaders and promotes awareness about the important roles parents can…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on February 26, 2014 at 12:06pm — No Comments
As I mentioned in my previous blog, we have had an increase in calls to our Family Support Line related to children refusing to go to school. If you did not read the previous blog, it would be a good place to start regarding general information on heading off school avoidance in children.
What is school avoidance? The website, Human Illnesses, defined school avoidance as “when children and teens repeatedly stay home from school or are repeatedly sent home from school, because of…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on December 13, 2013 at 12:06pm — No Comments
Our children look to us as their first roles models so it is our job as their parents to lead by example. To simply say “don’t do what I do” is not enough, you will have more influence in a positive way if you share how you budget for your family. This will not only teach them to be responsible it will boost their self –esteem and self confidence.…Continue
Added by Marie Summers on November 25, 2013 at 2:42pm — No Comments
If you have a music lover in your house, you should check out these great Pre-Black Friday deals on the following electronics. Don’t wait until wait to start your Christmas shopping on Black Friday, beat the crowds and check out these great deals. These offers below will end on November 23 and subject to end at any time.
I have included the following reviews and Pre-Black Friday deals:…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on November 23, 2013 at 9:22pm — No Comments
Many of us probably remember the joy of having our very first car. Getting our driver’s license was a good feeling of control, the freedom of being behind the wheel without supervision was as exciting as it was scary!
It is a very exciting and scary time for your teen as well and you really need to consider what type of car you want them driving while they are so inexperienced. The additional expense of a new car probably doesn’t sound like a great idea right now so I wouldn’t advise…Continue
Added by Zoey Maldonado on July 22, 2013 at 3:27pm — No Comments
Do you know what your kids are doing for summer fun? Have you heard them talking about food challenges? Have they mentioned the chubby bunny game, the choking game, or burns? If you have heard them talking about any of these activities, they may be involved in potentially dangerous activities or know someone else who is involved in risky behaviors.
The activities listed in this blog can be an issue year-round, however the risk to children and teens during the summer months is…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on July 5, 2013 at 2:03pm — No Comments
Talking to teenagers to give advice or simply to find out how they are doing is not a common act among parents today. One of the reasons why this is so is that teenagers in general are difficult to approach, let alone communicate with. A gap in age could be an obvious cause to blame, but despite these impediments, parents should never give up on trying to communicate with their…Continue
Added by Karen Rodriguez on July 2, 2013 at 8:53am — No Comments
This morning I was watching the news while I was eating my breakfast and caught the tale end of a news story about teen suicide. This isn’t the first news story that I have heard on the news about teens trying to commit suicide or actually following through with it. In fact, teen suicide is on the rise according the Centers of Disease Control. Teen…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on June 3, 2013 at 4:58pm — No Comments
Did you know that you could have a stranger in your home right at this moment that you are completely unaware is present? If you or anyone in your home is communicating online or through texting with someone you do not know personally, then you are opening your home to a stranger. Technology can be a wonderful tool, but it also can open our families, our children included, to new dangers.
A recent poll indicated that 90 percent of middle and high school student have…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on April 1, 2013 at 6:09pm — No Comments
From Maggie Stiefvater, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shiver trilogy and The Raven Boys, comes the heart-stopping novel THE SCORPIO RACES. Now available in paperback—with bonus content! Learn more about this book at http://bit.ly/Scorpio-Races-Paperback YA/Teen
Added by Sheila English on March 26, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Does you teenager have their own cell phone or have access to the computer? If so, parents you should be aware that your child may be sending or receiving inappropriate messages, texts, photos, or videos of themselves. In order to keep your child safe, you should randomly check their phone and monitor social media applications to see what type of activity they are involved in on their cell phone or computer. Many teens are participating in a different form of sexual activity known…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on March 12, 2013 at 3:16pm — No Comments
How do we achieve happiness as a family, especially when you consider varying personalities, interests and communication styles? Not to mention different genders and ages, two-adult homes and one-adult homes? I recently read an article based on a book by Bruce Feiler on this very topic. He introduces some interesting facts and concepts I think worthy of sharing. In our incredibly fast paced lives, full of stress and worry how do we find peace at home?
I think most people have heard…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on March 4, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Teenagers begin exerting their own voices and want to begin making their own choices. Their choices may not be the choice that you agree with and they may cover up their actions to avoid getting caught. If they are caught, they may attempt to cover up what they did and begin telling their parents a stream…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on February 26, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Parents it is very important that you have a continuous relationship with their child as they are growing up so that when your child becomes a teenager, you will know them well enough to determine when they aren’t telling you the truth. Kids will tell you a story if they think that they can get away with it.…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on February 25, 2013 at 4:32pm — No Comments
With many families still struggling and even those who are not, this is an appropriate time of year to teach an attitude of gratitude. It may be easy for kids to focus on what they don’t have or won’t get, especially compared to those of their peers. Regardless of a families’ financial situation it is helpful to use the holidays as a time to teach family values. Any gift, whether big or small, can come from the heart keeping the recipient in mind. So what values are important to you and…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on December 7, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments