That moment when you feel like the Invisible Mom or Dad, wondering if your kids are paying any attention to you at all. Yes, we’ve all been there. It can seem like your wise words go in one ear and out the other.
Divorce is a part of life for many children. Since roughly 50% of all marriages in the United States end in divorce, it’s still a very relevant topic for families today. Fortunately, researchers have worked for years to establish solid information about the outcomes of divorce.
If you have kids, you probably have a good idea how they handle competition. One child may embrace challenges without blinking, and another may approach competitive situations with more caution.
Has your child had to stay in the hospital or have an outpatient procedure? Hopefully not, but many families have had at least one child go through this experience. Many hospitals aren’t the monochromatic sterile places they used to be. Hospitals that serve children have done a lot to make the experience as positive as possible.
I paused for a moment when I heard this statement from my daughter the other night: “I don’t know how to study”. What? For a girl who gets good grades and stays on track with her homework, I couldn’t figure out why she wouldn’t know.
I’m not a really trendy person in general. In fact, you might call me pretty square. As a parent, trends have certainly surrounded me. However, I often found myself falling into the same rut. Or, perhaps I just followed my own trend with great consistency?
I’m sure many of you have found yourself in a parenting rut, I mean “your own parenting trend”. Sometimes it’s interesting to stick your head up above the surface and see what other people do, or what they think you should be doing. It is very enlightening at times, though not always in a good way.
I find that when I take a closer look at parenting trends, I see three main things: choices I already make, choices I have purposely avoided, and choices that would never occur to me (good or bad). So in the spirit of self-discovery and some fun, I invite you to peruse these lists of parenting trends.
Your place in the “in” crowd or the “out” crowd may come down to which list you read. No matter what any single list says about itself, there is no definitive list. Even the lists are trendy, it seems.
Ultimately, trends will come and go. When you do what feels right for you and your child, all the other stuff doesn’t matter too much.
This is what you are supposed to look for in 2013. If you have babies or really little kids, some of these ideas are really cute and even useful. I like the nail polish one because I have girls 13 and younger. Other trends are a little more controversial. It’s an interesting mix to say the least.
These trends are more about events and ways of thinking. Again, some of these may really strike you, others may seen controversial. They aren’t based on a product or socially popular item, so the odds of these things coming true are uncertain. However, they are likely to make you think a bit….
You may have read a very recently released article highlighting the influence moms have on their children’s’ eating habits. An undergraduate wrote a thesis paper about this connection.
According to the CDC, teen drug and alcohol use is generally in decline. While that may be good news, many of these decreases have only happened in recent years.
You’ve probably read articles on helicopter parents. In fact, I’ve already written about helicopter parents at least once. But I found an article via a friend’s Facebook page that put things in a different perspective. Kids who have helicopter parents tend to miss important developmental milestone that support independent living skills.
Being a better parent sounds like a massive undertaking, doesn’t it? In order to change things you need to take a class, or read a handful of books, or just spend a lot of time figuring it out. I say you can do this without nearly so much hassle.