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Respite Care For Foster Care Child

Respite Care For Foster Care Child

Communicating With Teens – Respect

Unfortunately, lack of respect has crept into the family. Many parents have experienced the fact that kids don’t seem to honor their parents the way that previous generations of children did. The question we need to ask is, how did we get to this position? How did this lack of respect infiltrate even the closest family relationships? Most importantly, how can we make sure that it doesn’t ruin our bond with our own teens?

Back to School – Do You Love It or Hate It?

It’s that time of year again, when I look at my boys and think “Wow I can’t believe they’re going into 3rd and 4th grade! How did they grow up so fast?” There’s a part of me that’s melancholy and wishes I can slow time down a bit, and yet there’s a voice in my head saying, “Thank God, we’ll have a regular schedule again Monday through Friday!” As with any transition I feel like it takes a couple of weeks for everyone to get used to new bedtimes, drop off times, and of course the dreaded homework! Here are some tips that I hope you’ll find useful to help make the transition easier.

100 Ways To Occupy Your Kids This Winter

It took me awhile to come up with 100 activities to do with your kids during winter. I thought I was pretty good at keeping the kids occupied and thought I had many great ideas, but it still took me awhile to come up with all these ideas. I really hope you all like these ideas because I will use so many more ideas from this list. Winter can be a stressful time of year with the little ones. This is why I came up with this extensive list. Even though winter is freezing most of the season it is good to get outside and breath in the nippy air. Enjoy my list and spend more times with your children.

Tips On Raising Children’s Self-Esteems

Here are some tips for parents to support their children’s self image and confidence through positive nurture and growth. Understanding that children are not their behaviour but a cry for unconditional love, nurture and support as they grow into young adults.

Parenting Is A Journey

Becoming parents is easy, but being good parents is tough. It calls for perpetual vigilance. Self-discipline and steadfast pursuit of parenting standards sift good parents from those who do not try hard enough. The struggle begins with setting the right example in every way.

Post-Holiday Decorating and Chair Protection

The holidays may have come and gone, but just because you are packing up the decorations does not mean your house has to be drab until the next holiday season. An easy and inexpensive way to spruce up your home and protect your furniture at the same time is to use removable chair covers.

Suicide Amongst Teens: Strategies for Identifying and Helping Troubled Teens

Approximately once every two hours a young person between the ages of 15 and 24 commits suicide in the United States Alone. The number is presumably much higher worldwide. This article looks at some of the causes and reviews some strategies a parent or friend can take to identify and intervene with a young person who shows signs of suicide.

Catholic Parenting – Teach Your Children the True Meaning of Sacrifice This Lent

Lenten sacrifices can seem like empty gestures when they come across as a rule we must follow. As Catholic parents, How can we teach our children – and perhaps even ourselves – to find value and meaning in our sacrifices this Lent? This article shares three powerful tips.

Millenials, Communication and the Curse of Social Media

Communication is a real problem for Millenials these days. People in their 20’s really don’t know how to share with friends, loved ones or family. This article offers some tips on how to change that!

Organise Your Life To Reduce Stress

If you have a home, a family and a career, sometimes you can feel like you are chasing your tail and having endless things to do. Plan and organise, and execute a strategy to make your life more effective, and reap the rewards of a more enjoyable life.

How to Create New Year Resolutions and Goals With Your Children

Ideas on how to set new year resolutions / goal setting with your children in a way that is powerful, inspiring and encourages them to continue to work towards their goals. This idea can help you gain a better insight into your child’s passion and desires and what they might want to achieve for the year ahead.

Rich Kid, Poor Kid

Big sister is destined to be very rich; little brother probably is not. Is this a problem?

The Shy Child – Part 2

So, how do we help the shy child become more socially interactive? We have previously stated that psychologists believe singular relational tendencies are genetically coded; that is, some people are born with a pre-disposition for this type of social interaction. However, we must also allow for the possibility that, in some cases, shyness could be the result of harsh life experiences.

Twins! What Do You Need To Buy for Twins

When you are having twins you will probably realize once the shock wears off that you will have to have double of everything. You will be using more of a lot of things with twins, double the diapers, formula, cribs and clothes but you don’t have to get double of everything for the twins.

Teens and Driving: Distracted Driving

Considering that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15 to 20 year olds, distracted driving among teens deserves special attention and parental supervision. The affinity between teenagers and driving may never cease to amaze parents. It is a relationship that has probably given parents more headaches than a boyfriend or girlfriend of whom they disapprove. It has also given the governments of various countries a lot of problems hence the deluge of statistics relating to the issue that they routinely compile. Let’s be honest, we all passed through that phase when we really wanted to sit behind the wheel and control the vehicle. This, in conjunction with the exhilaration of driving at crazy speeds provides a feeling of invincibility and daringness missing from the seemingly regimented life of the average teen. Most parents with whom I discussed teen age driving acquired knowledge by hindsight and in some cases that was insufficient as they had already lost a child to an automobile accident.

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