As parents know, finding alone time is a major challenge when you have kids. I’m sharing why it’s important to your health in this MSN.com Health and Fitness article [Read more…] about Having Kids: Why Alone Time is Important to Your Health
I’m honored to be the featured columnist for Better Homes and Gardens Good Kid Project. It’s a year long series of articles designed to give parents a boost as they do the important work of child-rearing in the 21st century. Here’s the latest; follow the links to enjoy the entire series to date.
Cultivating a “setbacks won’t stop me” mind-set starts as early as when kids are learning to tie their shoes. As children get older, developing grit becomes more about helping them work through their challenges and reach their goals in the face of roadblocks. In my latest article for BHG.com I present a few common academic and social situations your children might find themselves in, and how to help them persevere.
Read the full article at BHG.com
The Good Kid Project – Perseverance
“Moms neglect themselves in so many ways. Our society tells women ‘you should be able to do it all- and on your own.’ This is a completely unrealistic expectation, which sets moms up for stress, disappointment, guilt, and shame.”
Moms have to practice self-care, if even for the sake of their kids. In order to be the best mom, you need to be the best you. Not getting the sleep, nutrition, exercise, fun, or needed quiet time will make you more irritable, less energetic, more stressed, and less healthy — all of which can have a negative impact on your children. Read more of my insights and advice from this article on Procter & Gamble’s P&G Everday site.
Mobile technology is a society and family shifting invention. We are more connected than ever; that’s both good and bad.
Giving your child a mobile phone can provide instant connectivity to them during school days and play dates. It’s so easy to arrange pick ups, drop offs and meal choices via text messages.
However, I hear growing frustration from parents whose kids are opting to hit IGNORE when they call or take hours to respond to text messages. A new mobile app Ignore No More could be just what you need. In this Good Day Chicago segment I discuss the app and the way mobile is impacting family dynamics. Watch it. Share it, and leave a comment about ways you manage communication in your family.
Fostering independence is truly a balancing act: Children need — and want — rules to follow, but if we hover over their every move, we prevent them from developing a sense of trust in themselves, their judgment, and their ability to recover from mistakes. Teaching self-reliance involves giving kids firm guidelines, as well as the room to apply and even test them. Remember, it’s normal for kids, especially teenagers, to challenge parents’ authority: This is part of what helps them hone their decision-making skills.
Use these strategies as a starting point:
-Give kids responsibility
-Let them problem solve
-Make room for mistakes
You can read my insights and details on the strategies in the full article at BHG.com. Happy Parenting!