Take Your Child on a Date

Reposted from about.com


One of the memories I cherish most with my daughter Kara was a daddy-daughter party that was sponsored by our local church youth organization. It was a dinner, dance and game night at the church cultural hall. Among the activities were some competition games (including a pie eating contest), a dinner, photos taken of dad and daughter in costumes provided, and a little game show activity where dads and daughters were able to answer questions about each other. I still have that silly photo from about ten years ago now and remember the evening fondly.

Read More

Be a Good Dad for Your Son: Solve the Communication Puzzle

Be a Good Dad for Your Son: Solve the Communication Puzzle

Reposted from fathers.com

By Carey Casey

Think about the last conversation you had with your child. Did you walk away feeling closer to him, or did it raise your blood pressure by a few points? Was your child smiling, or looking for something else to do? Or was he rolling his eyes?

For every dad, good communication is vital. Although some dads are fantastic at getting their kids to open up for those heart-to-heart talks, it’s more like a puzzle for many guys. And if we aren’t great at it, how can we equip our children to be good communicators.

Read More

21 Tips for Raising Kids with ADHD When You Have ADHD Too

Edited and reposted from PsychCentral

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tends to run in families, so it’s common for both parent and child to struggle with the disorder. Naturally, this can create unique challenges when it comes to parenting.

“Having ADD and parenting a child with ADD has been one of the most difficult challenges in my life,” said Terry Matlen, ACSW, a psychotherapist and coach who specializes in ADHD and is founder and director of ADDConsults.com. Matlen’s daughter has ADHD and other special needs. She frequently hears from parents with ADHD who also worry about their ability to parent.

Read More

Parenting Children With Allergies

Tips for coping with the stress of your child’s chronic allergies.

By Jennifer Nelson

Reposted from WebMD 

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD

One in four U.S. children suffers from allergies. If your child is one of them, you know the drill: They can feel run down, develop secondary sinus infections or asthma, and be cranky. Allergies can be downright miserable for everyone in the family.

Read More

Myths and misperceptions about school bullying : Overcoming stereotypes and false perceptions of school bullying and child bullying

Edited and Reposted from bullyonline.org

There’s no bullying here

It’s in schools which say “there’s no bullying here” that you are most likely to find bullying. Bullying happens in every school; good schools are proactive in their approach and deal with incidents of bullying promptly, firmly and fairly. Bad schools deny it, ignore it, justify it, rationalise it, handle it inappropriately, sweep it under the carpet, blame the victim of bullying, blame the parents of the victim of bullying, say they’ve “ticked all the boxes” and make lots of impressive noises but take no substantive action.

Read More

Daddy-Daughter Dates.

Something I try to do on a regular basis is take my 3 year old on dates. Just the two of us. I plan to do the same with her younger sister when she can begin to appreciate it. We use to go to Starbucks once a week together. I’d have the coffee. Of course. She’d have a fruit juice and share a breakfast sandwich with me. We switched to The Pantry this last year. Starbucks didn’t offer smiley face pancakes with chocolate chips.

Read More

Lost in Transition: The joy is in the journey - John Eliastam

Teenagers are not normal. A teenager is a human being caught in a vortex of change, much of it driven by hormones that are long gone from the landscape of an adult’s body. A teenager is a person who is in transition from being a child to being and adult, from being dependent to being independent. They are in a life-phase that requires them to move out from under the protective shadow of their parents and see the world. They need to test whether everything you taught them is actually true, and they cannot do that with your help. They need to test the values that you have instilled in them – and do it independently of you.

Read More