May 27

Free Parenting Help – Why You Should Have A Parenting Plan

Parenting can be hard enough without a solid parenting plan to help guide you through some of the potential pitfalls. Without a solid plan, your parenting skills may be put to the test more than you wish they would be and you may wind up making some awkward decisions that could greatly affect your family. With a comprehensive plan for parenting and raising your family, however, you can be a little more comfortable and a lot more prepared when it comes to raising your children.

Natural parenting is one styles of parenting that is often supported by a parenting plan. Natural parenting is based upon the parenting plan that essentially references no concrete plan. That is to say that the plan involved with natural parenting defers parenting to its most instinctual basis and offers parenting as per the needs in the child-to-parent relationship. Natural parenting is said to be beneficial to the child in that it puts the parent in direct tune with the needs of the child and enables the child to learn to “speak for itself” in terms of what it needs.

Other people use a more family-integrated parenting plan. This plan integrates extended family into the parenting mix, adding

May 25

Parent Fatigue Syndrome – What It Looks Like And How To Overcome It

“At work, you think of the children you have left at home. At home, you think of the work you’ve left unfinished. Such a struggle is unleashed within yourself. Your heart is rent.” Golda Meir

On any given day of the week do you feel like you are in a) battle zone, b) the twilight zone, c) the Crazy zone, or d) all the above?

Do you have so many things coming at you that you feel like a walking dart board?

Does your mind often feel scattered and asking “Is this what I signed up for?”

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then I’d take a guess you are a parent. Parenting can not only be time consuming, but exhausting physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It is what I call Parent Fatigue Syndrome. Even the most seasoned parents will experience PFS from time to time. The solution is recognizing its severity and knowing what to do about it.

Mild Parent Fatigue Syndrome

For most parents, the feelings of PFS will begin on Friday afternoon, usually the drive home from work. It has been a long week, you are feeling tired. You wish you had some time to yourself. There may be some family

May 19

A Parenting Tip – Teaching Thankfulness

For those of us parenting in the United States, this is the time of year we celebrate Thanksgiving. As a mother, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it gives me the opportunity to purposely teach about gratitude. I’ll give you an honest parenting tip here; developing an attitude of gratitude in your children is one of the most amazing things you can do. Here’s why.

— Gratitude reminds us who we are.

We’re not better than anyone else, and we’re not worse either. Our kids desperately need to learn that message. The child who grows up honestly believing he is the center of the universe (and they all start out that way) is one unhappy kid.

— Thankfulness means considering others.

When I recognize the efforts and service each of my family members bring to the rest of us, I am motivated to serve also. That’s another reason why it’s so important to teach our kids their part in our families; not just so they’ll learn how to do chores (important all by itself), but so that they can take their legitimate, needed place in the family structure.

Each of us in a family has a vital role to play. Someone else may

May 12

How To Improve Your Parenting Skills

Raising a child is all about having good parenting skills and learning good parenting techniques. Without parenting skills, the duties of the average parent are reduced to simply struggling around with great difficulty. Of course, the realistic point of view of raising a child is that most parents enter their new role without a clue as to how to achieve their goals and are quickly looking for help.

So where does a parent go to learn good parenting skills? When all hope is lost, many parents find that they actually turn to their own parents for advice. Most parents end up raising their children in ways similar to how they were raised. While this aspect is often a sworn denial among teenage years, sung somewhat to the tune of “I will never be like you”, the reality of raising a child often finds a different song of desperation is being sung in subsequent years.

When people are too proud to go to their parents for parenting advice, however, they often turn to other measures. Raising teenagers is typically one of the aspects of parenting that often drives people to drink, for one. Whether or not hitting the bottle is considered a significant

May 10

Parenting Teenagers With Love And Compassion

You’ve probably found yourself begging your teenager to go places with you as a family and it never fails.

As soon as they get in the car with you, the complaints begin; complaints about you, their life, and how miserable they are just spending time in your presence.

Within minutes, you’ve already begun your next argument.

There may have been times you regretted asking your teen to join you on your daily errands and activities. No matter where you go or what you do, there’s always something to complain about:

The trip is ridiculous

You’re driving too slow

You’re driving too fast

You’re the worst parent ever

And their life is miserable!

You always got along and had so much fun just a few short years ago. But now you have an obstinate, argumentative, and rebellious teenager to manage.

Related: Dealing with the Stubborn and Argumentative Teenager.

No matter what you do or how hard you try, you are unable to connect on any level with your child!
You find yourself asking what you did wrong, where did your sweet child go, and where is this attitude coming from?.

Instead of getting frustrated or angry, remember that it’s natural for all teens to believe that life is just a depressing, revolting state

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