Friday Parenting Thoughts: The Job Doesn’t End

I remember once being asked when, as a parent, you got to take off the referee jersey and put up the whistle when it came to your kids.  I think I laughed, and told them it was yours for life, you just blew the whistle less when they moved out of the home.  This, along… Continue reading Friday Parenting Thoughts: The Job Doesn’t End

Friday Parenting Commentary: It’s Okay to Tell Kids No

The first time I heard it I was with my wife and daughter at the pediatrician.  After giving us some basic medical advice, you know she can have x amount of infant’s tylenol, y amount of infants advil, etc, she began telling us about developmental and parenting.  Most of it was decent, if somewhat shallow.… Continue reading Friday Parenting Commentary: It’s Okay to Tell Kids No

Friday Parenting Thoughts: Teach Morality

In my primary work with children and adolescents in a residential placement I see a lot of the effects poor parenting can have.  I see hurt from abuse and neglect, I see rage over drugs and alcohol, I see lying and manipulation because it worked so well at home.  There’s a wide variety of behaviors that… Continue reading Friday Parenting Thoughts: Teach Morality

Parenting Thought: Self Confidence

Our society has spent the past few decades with a heavy emphasis on a child’s self esteem.  You would think, therefore, that our young adults today would be some of the most self-reliant people there are.  Unfortunately, it seems to be the opposite.   I’m getting a little out of my expertise here, but a… Continue reading Parenting Thought: Self Confidence

Friday Parenting Thoughts: Use your Brain

There’s a story making the rounds about a woman who was hotlined for child neglect.  According to the report, her children, age 8 and 10 I believe, were out playing in the neighborhood unsupervised.  In talking about this with my lovely wife, she shared how there’s a lot of social pressure in parenting about being… Continue reading Friday Parenting Thoughts: Use your Brain

Friday Parenting Thoughts: Every Family is Unique

One of the difficulties I often face as a counselor is trying to help parents set up a good household routine for them.  It is difficult not so much because I don’t have good ideas, but because each family situation is unique.  I can give some great insights and methods, but ultimately the personalities that… Continue reading Friday Parenting Thoughts: Every Family is Unique