Archives for May, 2010

Around the Web

Family Mental Health Around The Web #11

Greetings everyone.  Today's Around The Web is about talking with your kids.  Yes, you know how to talk, but do you feel uncomfortable talking about highly personal or difficult topics like sex or drugs and alcohol?  You wouldn't be alone if you did.

You may also need to take a look at your general style of communication to make sure you are setting the stage for healthy exchange of ideas and feelings.  In other words, make sure you aren't shutting down communication because of the way you speak and the tone you set.  We do the best we can as parents, but I know I appreciate a brush-up on communication.  We take it for granted because we are used to our own habits.
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What Do Kids Really Need

Today I was searching for a more general overarching topic to cover, something to make both you and I step back and take a bigger look at parenting.  I did a Google search on the keywords in the title today - what do kids really need - and got a number of results.  I'll write a little commentary after some of the more interesting results I found.
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How We Mess Up As Parents – And Learn From It

OK, since I know you are all smart perfect parents out there, you can probably skip this post.  No?  OK, we parents don't always like to admit it, but we do make mistakes.  Sometimes, we are wrong when our kids are right.  We are the ones that make a mess of things!  I'm not trying to give anyone a complex, just getting down to the truth of parenting.  It's tough and full of, ahem, "learning opportunities" for us.

My Parenting Confession

One of mine has been assuming (pretending) I don't have a bias.
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Least Favorite Tween Phrases

In case you are new to this blog, I'll tell you that I have three young daughters ages 10, 8, and 6.  You can do a little math and understand that I am on the cusp of some really rockin' years of child development.  I remember being a girl at that age and how my sister and I went through it together.  I may go on an eight year vacation at that point, but I digress...
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