Category Archives: Parenting

Kindness (written by my 14-year-old daughter)

KindnessHere is what my 14-year-old daughter wrote about kindness last night. She truly is one of the kindest people I know.

One thing people today overlook far too often  is the simple yet effective act of kindness.  In this world, sometimes overtaken by selfishness and greed, is a desperate need for those little acts of care.  Just a helping hand or a quick show of compassion can turn another person’s day completely around.  Sometimes even a friendly smile can save a life.  People often forget others and become very engrossed in their own problems.  This leads to a negative downward spiral and a chain reaction of selfishness.  A generation of selfish people is the last thing we need today.

Imagine if everybody was willing to be kind and compassionate to each other. Imagine if it was not forced, but a habit.  This would change the world.  We all have experienced times when things were not going well and Continue reading

Is Shame at the Root of Your Pain?

shameIs Shame at the Root of Your Pain?

My client remembers being shamed in the fourth grade. She was standing outside of her school with several friends and their parents after a holiday musical program. She said that her mother looked down on her smiling face and announced in front of the group, “What are we going to do with those teeth? They are such a mess!” My client said that the group they were standing with immediately got quiet and everyone glanced at her mouth. She said that while the other parents were raving about the program, her mother was calling attention to her flaws and imperfections. She remembers wanting to hide. Continue reading

Helping a Child Know Their Worth

Helping a Child Know Their Worth

Please read this, especially if you have children. This morning I saw this quote graphic on Todd Lohenry’s blog. Although we can all learn something from this quote, I really thought about how we can apply this to children and teens. This can be a great teaching tool!!!

Teens are trying to find their identity. Social relationships are especially important at this age. According to Erik Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development, adolescence experience a stage of development called identity vs. role confusion. In this stage, teens are trying to develop a sense of personal identity. If they are successful, they will be able to stay true to themselves.

Teens who develop a healthy sense of self are… Continue reading

Teaching Social Media Safety

social mediaWritten by Brenda Yoder, MA

Source: The Parents Space

Social media is scary – do you realize your kids have access to things outside of your control with social media and technology?  Teaching social media and technology safety is an essential parenting skill in 2013. Without these skills, kids are vulnerable to online predators and to harassing behavior from peers and other adults. In teaching social media and online safety, here are things to consider:

  1. Don’t allow your child to put their phone number or location on a social media profile or “check in” at a location that will be displayed on social media.  You may know where your child is, but do you want everyone else to know, too?

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