Archives for January 2013

Risk Taking and Drugs

Statistics concerning teens and drug abuse are staggering; nearly 1 in 5 teens have abused prescription drugs. Some teens take unnecessary risks. It seems risk taking and drugs go hand-in-hand, but as a parent you may not be clear about how you can help your teen avoid these tendencies. It’s not unusual for teens to […]

ADHD Real or Manufactured

The whole subject of ADHD is not short on controversy – some people insist that ADHD is a “manufactured disorder” intended as a ploy to sell more Ritalin; others point out that ADHD is a real disorder with discernable brain wave activity that is correlative to symptoms. Amid all the discussion is the quiet voice […]

Characteristics of Strong Single Parenting Families

If you are a single parent, you may not think it’s possible to have a strong family or even be a real family at all. But that’s simply not true! Single-parent families are “real” families. You can foster characteristics of strong family life that results in a healthy family dynamic. Find out what characteristics make […]

Raising Confident Kids Through Proper Praising Techniques

In one of my parenting classes, we spoke about the drawbacks of praising kids and the difference between evaluative praise and descriptive praise. Evaluative praise is the type of compliment that sounds good but makes most people feel pressured and uncomfortable. It does nothing to improve self-esteem. Phrases like: “You are the best!” “You are […]

What is Emotional Intelligence?

What is all this hype about emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence is the new buzzword in education and parenting. Research has shown that it is an important factor in helping our kids have healthy relationships with their spouses, friends and co-workers. Adults who are emotionally intelligent are happier and more satisfied with their lives. Kids who […]

Is Your Child Struggling In School: The Best Way To Help

I hear this so often from parent: “My son is so lazy he never does his homework. I wish he would just apply himself.” “My daughter is so smart but she does not put in any effort.” I know in a lot of these situations parents will try to persuade their kids to improve themselves […]

Signs and Symptoms of ADD/ADHD in Adults and Children

Do you think your child may have ADD/ADHD? What about your spouse or yourself? ADD/ADHD can present differently in children than in adults, and the symptoms for both age groups can mimic those of other problems. Here is a brief list of symptoms of ADD/ADHD in children and in adults. Please note that just because […]

Single Parenting Overcoming Guilt

It’s unfortunate, but sometimes guilt can play a part in your single parenting. Regardless of your circumstances, it’s only natural to feel some guilt about your situation. But most of the time, that guilt is misplaced. If you’re single parenting, overcoming guilt of is a great way to feel better about yourself, your life and […]

Co-Parenting Strategies Help Avoid Conflicts

Under the best set of circumstances parenting can be difficult, but it can be even more challenging if you are attempting to co-parent effectively. Does this position, sound familiar? Don’t give up. There are some co-parenting strategies to help avoid conflicts and minimize problems. See if any of these strategies will help you keep the […]

Success Tips for Single Parenting

There are all kinds of reasons why you may end up as a single parent. You may be parenting alone because of divorce, death, your own personal choice, or any number of reasons. No matter how it happened, it is definitely a challenging and demanding job. There are some things that help you overcome the […]