Archives for May 2013

What is ADHD?

ADHD, better known as Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder, is quickly becoming one of the most diagnosed conditions. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) there are nearly 1.6 million cases of ADHD diagnosed every year. The diagnoses doesn’t just affect children, there are more and more adults also being diagnosed with the […]

Thanks for Walking the Talk

Parents are the ultimate role model for children. Yes, many other people can influence kids but it’s parents and parent figures who form the basis of a child’s core beliefs. This isn’t done simply by talking about rules or what should be done but by taking ACTION! In essence, parents must lead by example and […]

Special Gifts for Dad on Father’s Day

One of the best gift ideas for dad on Father’s Day is to give him the day off to have fun and relax. What better way than to engage in Father’s Day activities dad’s sure to love! Is dad a golfer? Take him to the golf range! As a surprise, present him with a driver! […]

The Will Smith Parenting Style

Recently, I read an article (or two) about Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s parenting style. He was quoted as saying, “We respect our children the way we would respect any other person. Things like cleaning up their room. You would never tell a full-grown adult to clean their room, so we don’t tell our […]

Keep Kids Connected with Friends During the Summer

Childhood friendships can help define who we will become as adults. That may seem like a strong statement, but it is often true. And, since these friendships are so meaningful, parents will want to do what they can to keep their kids connected with their friends during the summer months. Get together Before the end […]

Dads and Toddlers Bonding With Games and Activities

So, Dad, you want to play with your toddler but you think all the fun stuff is years away. Not so! In fact, you need to start building bonds and sharing experiences with your toddler as soon as possible. As a dad, you may find that you need a little help in coming up with […]

More Summer Break Child Care Options

One thing working parents have to think about as the school year draws to a close is planning for child care during summer break. There are a variety of options so it is important to begin thinking about this well before it is needed. Here are some suggestions you may want to consider. Discuss summer […]

Summer Camp – Preparing Your Child Ahead of Time

Summer camp is a tradition for many children. It allows them to spread their wings and get a taste of independence before they leave the nest completely. It also gives parents an opportunity to experience their first taste of an empty nest. Even if your child goes to summer camp every year, it doesn’t hurt […]

Stress Relief Tips for Teens and Parents of Teens

Stress is a person’s reaction to life changes. There is hardly a time  with more changes and stress than the teen years. This is true for the teens and the parents of teens!  Along with the life changes, there is a lot going on in the average teens life – appearance concerns, extracurricular activities, friends, […]

Keeping Calm with Angry Teenagers

Teenagers are often described as being filled with angst. While this might or might not accurately describe your teenager, your teen may have an issue with anger. What happens when keeping your sanity with angry teenagers doesn’t seem possible? Here are some tips to help you maintain your grip and keep lines of communication with […]