Ah, summer. It’s a time of fun in the sun, family vacations, popsicles, and exploring the outdoors. But the truth is that parenting in the summer can be pretty brutal! There’s a lot going on, we often fall out of the structure that the school year gives us, and it’s not always easy to know how to help meet our children’s needs while still letting them relax and have fun. Here are some answers to your toughest summertime parenting questions:Continue Reading
Motherhood (and parenthood in general) is wonderful and one of the greatest blessings a couple can have, but at the same time, years of raising small humans will test our limits, patience and sanity like nothing else! We can talk about the experience of parenthood in theory all day long, but someone can never really know what they are in for until having children of their own.
One of the toughest challenges adolescents face is peer pressure. For most teens, the desire to fit in and be accepted is very important. Feeling accepted by others can outweigh their ability to think clearly and really evaluate the consequences to their choices (not to mention that their young brains are still developing!). This may lead to getting into sticky social situations, where the teen find him or himself in a compromising situation.
It’s that time of year again when our kids go back to school. Summer vacation is over, and now children go to bed a bit earlier (hopefully!), strap on their backpacks, and head to the classroom. This causes a huge change in family life and can definitely can bring stressors for parents and kids alike. And while it may be fun for them to see their friends again, adjusting to after-school activities, homework, and new responsibilities can be difficult. This is especially true when hitting major milestones, such as first grade or the start of middle or high school. Here are some strategies to help families make the back-to-school transition: