"If it were classified as a disease, fatherlessness would be an epidemic worthy of attention as a national emergency."
I’d never thought twice about going back to work after he was born. After my six-week working maternity leave was up, I was right back at it, cranking out 50 to 60 hours a week in my job as a public relations account supervisor. I was in love with my new baby, but I also liked my job, even though it was becoming increasingly difficult for me to manage it all. I was nursing, I had difficulty sleeping at night, and my account work was getting backed up. Still, it never registered that something was going to give.
Your parenting style is usually determined by the way your parents raised you. Although this is a hard truth for some parents to swallow, if you've ever found yourself acting just like your parents, then you know that this is true. Unless you've taken the time to think about how you want to raise your kids and what you plan to do differently, then the method you'll resort to is the one that was used on you.
Bullying can have devastating effects on young and old ones alike. Fighting back physically is never an option. hence the need to learn how to beat a bully without using your fists.
Bullying can be addressed on your end. How? Build your teenagers' self-confidence! The kind of confidence derived not from having all their whims so they could be "in", but one that comes from having good values enough for them to stand proud even if they are lacking in material things.
Building self-esteem is an essential aspect in raising a healthy child. One way to do this is to present 'defeatable challenges' to your children as often as possible. So what is a defeatable challenge?
Concern for children cuts across all social classes. Whether uptown or downtown, the problems are similar. Lack, poverty and the desire to be accepted are amongst the main reasons for those from humble backgrounds to fall victim to vices.
Teaching children responsibility can be time consuming and difficult at times. Chores are part of learning how to be responsible and to take pride in the living quarters that we have. We as parents need help and want to teach our children to be independent and helpful. Thus, chores are instituted.
This is an interesting question, and those who know me know that I love to teach and write about the family. Not too long ago, I read an article about undoing parenting mistakes, and the writer, Mark Gregston, said that he did a survey and many parents participated, offering some of the following comments:
Just as there is a special bond between mothers and sons, the relationship between fathers and daughters is unique. Fathers therefore cannot afford to remain remote characters in the lives of their daughters. Parenting is a joint venture, with fathers just as active participants as mothers.
Parenting is something that requires incredible skill and knowledge yet we are totally unprepared for it. If you've been finding parenting a little stressful at times, you are one of many all around the world! However, God has given us this wonderful responsibility and His Word makes it plain that He considers children a high priority.
Luke 18:16 'But Jesus called them (the parents) to Him, saying, Allow the little children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for to such (as these) belongs the kingdom of God.' The Amplified Bible.
The beat of my infant grandson's heart resonated against my chest with life, with hope, and ...at least on my side, with heartache. It was our last bit of time together (for now) and he lay on my chest, fast asleep and unaware of the busy activity of sorting, shipping and packing going on around him. His big brother, Cyrus, my best little buddy, had a heavy heart all day; being old enough to know that the time to say goodbye was at hand.
My friend George had invited me over for dinner-and-a-video, but this display of utter disrespect from his son Matt was somewhat unsettling.
We curse out loud instead of loving and blessing out loud. Our words and thoughts produce life or death. We choose. God gave us the freedom to choose good or evil, peace or worry, contentment or depression, healing or sickness, order or disorder, wealth or poverty, knowledge or illiteracy, and life or death. It is up to us.
Whether we choose to believe it or not, God Almighty is every child’s real parent. Scriptures note that the earth is the LORD’s and its fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein. Jehovah controls everything and has a kingdom agenda for the world that would be fulfilled through men. In God’s army are the young and old, male and female. This list is includes children ...
Parenthood is a truly amazing experience. In essence, as parents, we are responsible for a tiny, helpless human being. Over time, our children do grow up and become self sufficient, but, as parents, we are very influential in the type of people our children become.
Understanding the problem well and information on how to tackle it can help earlier and better recovery of your child.
The cyber revolution offers free communication and uninhibited visuals which sexualize and objectify children at an early age.
Tracey Thompson never imagined she would be a surrogate mother. Even when her then 13 year old daughter, Kelly McKissack jokingly asked her, “If I can’t carry my own baby, would you carry it for me?” Thompson replied yes without giving a second thought to what her daughter had asked for. Little did they know that […]
The second thing that draws my attention is that this girl forced the boy to perform acts of bestiality with the family pet. What that tells me is that at least one of these girls has been exposed to pornography – and not the mild sort, either, but the hard core kind. She’s been sexually assaulted by someone – if not physically, then at least mentally. It’s likely been going on for years.
By teaching children now to be resilient, we can prepare them for adult life in the future. Our children can learn to compete for fun and learn how to bounce back from life's failures and disappointments.
Personally, I watched for many years as my father victimized my mom. But I also watched as I saw my mother refuse to succumb to the attacks of the enemy through my father. She was never a victim. She was a victor.
If you are the parent or care giver of a child with ADHD or PTSD, or an educator then knowing how to manage meltdowns can make a big difference for both the child and yourself in keeping calm.
So, when I learned this concept, my kids were 3 and 7 and I wondered how much they needed to invest to have a million dollars by age 65. Now when I talk about investing, I am not talking about saving in an account at the Bank or Credit Union - I'm talking about getting some Mutual Funds and actually investing that money in the Global Economy.
Who is to blame for youth violence? Parents? Police? Politicians? Social media? TV? Movies? No community support? Based on my experience as a crime and violence prevention specialist, all of the above have contributed to the "perfect storm" for youth violence.
I am worried about the way things are going right now in our communities. As a whole, we need to correct the wrongs that were done during our generation. Our children are going awry and if we don't make some changes, the generation after them will be even worse.
By Margie Slider Parenting as we know doesn’t come with a manual! Not like replacing a furnace or fixing a car. Sure there are many, many books which have been written by experts and non-experts, but which ones are the ones you should read. Which strategies and styles work and which don’t? Well I have […]
I want to discuss your friends. Be mindful of the people that you call your friends. If people are truly your friends, they will want to see you do well in life, and they won't try to put you in a position where you can get into trouble, hurt yourself or others, or completely ruin your life by making a bad decision that will cost you big time!
I hear from many desperate single moms trying to keep their sanity while rearing their children and making a living at the same time. This has become a gargantuan nightmare for many young women, men, middle-aged women, and grandmas, who, for many reasons, have ended up with the sole responsibility of caring for young children and teens.