Parents: Secure Your Own Oxygen Mask First!

-Holly Brown, LMFT In the event of an airplane crash, you’re supposed to secure your own oxygen mask first before attending to your children. The same advice applies to parenting. Parenting is challenging, no doubt. Kids are incredibly skilled button pushers, from remarkably young. Sometimes that’s accidental on their part; sometimes it’s intentional. But regardless,Continue reading “Parents: Secure Your Own Oxygen Mask First!”

Reading Books with Dad May Boost School Readiness, Parenting Skills

-Traci Pedersen A parenting program in which fathers read to their preschoolers was found to boost the dads’ parenting skills while also improving the preschoolers’ school readiness and behavior, according to a new study led by New York University (NYU). “Unlike earlier research, our study finds that it is possible to engage fathers from low-incomeContinue reading “Reading Books with Dad May Boost School Readiness, Parenting Skills”

A Step-Child’s Guide to Step-Parenting

Comments from the Teen’s World -Paul C. Holinger, MD I first met my step-father when I was five, and my brothers were eleven and thirteen. He was not my step-father back then, of course, and would not officially marry my mother for another seven years, but within a year he had assumed the role ofContinue reading “A Step-Child’s Guide to Step-Parenting”

Reader Beware – What to Look for in a Parenting Article

-Megan Stonelake Recently I was browsing Pinterest, and I noticed a litany of “how-to” parenting articles throughout my feed. Since that day I’ve consistently observed the same pattern each time I visit the website. Article after article, I find tips about how to make our children stop doing something we don’t like or teach ourContinue reading “Reader Beware – What to Look for in a Parenting Article”

Dealing with Big Feelings – Teaching Kids How to Self-Regulate

-Karen, Hey Sigmund Life with a small human can be hilarious, wonderful, ridiculous and unpredictable. And wild – so wild. All kids are capable of ‘bewildering’ behaviours that can bring the strongest of us to our knees. These behaviours can take different forms. There are the ones that can be seen through the eye of aContinue reading “Dealing with Big Feelings – Teaching Kids How to Self-Regulate”

Dads Get Kids’ Skills as Well as Moms

-Rick Nauert, PhD New research from Denmark finds that a father is able to evaluate a child’s cognitive and non-cognitive skills as well as a mother. The discovery is important for parental rights cases, schools, or other places where in the past, a mother’s judgement of children was deemed superior. Aarhus University researchers used theContinue reading “Dads Get Kids’ Skills as Well as Moms”

When Your Parenting Style Wears You Out

-Renee Jain, MAPP Your four-year-old demands a bowl of ice cream for breakfast. You sense a forthcoming meltdown and quickly evaluate your parenting-style options: (1) Permissive: Say “yes” (then prepare to serve cookies for lunch and cake for dinner). (2) Authoritative: Say “no” directly and firmly (then prepare to stand your ground as there willContinue reading “When Your Parenting Style Wears You Out”

Parent of a Child Who is Struggling? Here are 7 Things Other Parents Want You to Know

-Ann Douglas It isn’t easy to be the parent of a child who is struggling. You may be feeling stressed and overwhelmed and unsure of what to do to help. You may be feeling frustrated and angry or worried and scared – or sad that life is so difficult for your child. You may beContinue reading “Parent of a Child Who is Struggling? Here are 7 Things Other Parents Want You to Know”

Who Did You Have to Be For Your Father?

-Paul Graves It’s a simple question I heard on the Timothy Ferriss podcast. It was a recent episode featuring Tony Robbins. At first, I thought “Huh?” Turns out Tony uses this question to uncover internal conflicts. To find the things we beat ourselves up for without knowing why. The high standards we yearn to achieve,Continue reading “Who Did You Have to Be For Your Father?”

How Parents Can (and Why They Should) Utilize Principles of Play Therapy in Everyday Life

-Meghan Owenz The goals of play therapy pretty easily translate into the goals of parenting: to have a good relationship with your child and create a safe environment in which he or she can be themselves. Parents can utilize some of the techniques in a specific play therapy intervention within their own home. What IsContinue reading “How Parents Can (and Why They Should) Utilize Principles of Play Therapy in Everyday Life”