Your job as a parent is not to make your child happy. Your job is to make your job obsolete one day. Your job is to raise independent, capable children. Will they be perfect when they reach the age of 21? No. But they will be ready to make their own decisions, learn from their mistakes, and grow into functioning adults. They will do this… Read More »Wrong Belief #6: I Need to Make Sure My Child Is Happy
If you will be traveling with children, take activities (and snacks) for them with you. Even if they typically entertain themselves by playing games on your phone, it is nice to be able to pull out something for them to do when they get a bit restless. If you are going for a visit to someone’s house who does not have children the same age… Read More »Will You Be Traveling with Children?
More and more parents are asking themselves how can I help my child be happy as the diagnosis of depression, anxiety and other arming diseases continue to rise. What can you as a parent do to protect your children? One of the most important things you can do for your children is to limit screen time. Screen time is time spent in front of television,… Read More »How Can I Help My Child Be Happy?
The best gift you can give your children is not 50 hours a week spent in soccer practice. It is not technology, which will help them succeed in school. It is not the right address or the right school chosen to help them make important social connections, which will make a difference later in life. The best gift you can give your children is parents… Read More »The Best Gift You Can Give Your Children
Dear Lynn, I am really going through a tough time. I can’t get pregnant, and everyone else in the world has a baby — my siblings, my friends, people in my church, people in the grocery store. I have to go to baby showers and baptisms and ooh and aah over everyone else’s baby. It is killing me! It’s especially hard at Christmas. I know… Read More »I Want a Baby but I Can’t Get Pregnant!
This is the second post in a series. For the first post, please start with the bedroom. And now, let’s look at your child’s bedroom. I am willing to bet your child’s bedroom has been the source of some arguments. It’s a universal situation. Layer upon layer of stuff makes it difficult to even walk into the bedroom so it can be cleaned! It is… Read More »Change Your Relationship with the Children’s Bedroom without the Anxiety
Are you in a second marriage with children from the first marriage? If so, it may help you to understand that your second marriage is really going to be different from anyone’s first marriage. It may help you to give yourself (and the rest of the family) a break. Please forgive me if I say anything that seems insensitive or does not apply to you.… Read More »Your Second Marriage and Children