Adolescence is difficult. Older children and young adults are appropriately battling to find out who they are and where they fit in. They want to make choices on their own, but at the same time they’re not always ready to handle the responsibilities that go along with those choices. As might be expected, younger teens […]
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Deciding whether or not to breastfeed your child is a deeply personal matter and supporters on both sides of the issue tend to have strong opinions. Most experts agree that breastfeeding provides a number of unique benefits for a growing baby, including a perfect balance of nutrients and the building blocks of a stronger immune […]
Are you tired of nagging your kids to clean their rooms? Are you tired of asking your partner to clean out the basement? When you’re exhausted from nagging, reminding, and pleading, it’s time to resort to other tactics. Here are a few ways to motivate your family to clean house. 1. Stop playing pick-up. […]
You don’t have to trek hours into the woods lugging a backpack and camping supplies to reap the benefits of hiking. Hiking and walking are essentially the same thing. Although briskly walking around your neighborhood for thirty to sixty minutes, three to five times a week, is good for your heart, taking in some […]
It’s an accepted fact that being a teenager can be problematic, but in this day and age it seems as though it’s tougher than ever. Today, teenagers are five to eight times more likely to suffer from depression than they were 50 years ago. What’s causing the increase in mental health problems among young people […]
All relationships have moments of tension, disagreement, and problem solving. The family unit is the first place where a child can learn conflict resolution especially related to sibling rivalry. One or more of the following tactics can help to bring peace to your home. 1. Older children can participate in caring for a younger […]
Everyday, teenage boys and girls are bombarded by unrealistic portrayals of beauty and masculinity. These visual assaults come from advertising companies by way of television shows, films, magazines, and websites. Popular culture promotes distorted ideas of body image and behavior, affecting young people at a very vulnerable time in their lives. Examples of outright misrepresentation […]
Many children go through phases of having fears associated with nighttime and going to bed. Theses fears can take different forms, from the proverbial monster in the closet to the fear that parents may not be there when they wake up to a simple fear of the dark. If a fear is only occasionally expressed […]
Dance is a wonderful and freeing way to express oneself. No matter what the style, it builds confidence, as well as emotional and physical health. Encourage your child to explore this expressive form of movement and find a style of dance that suits his personality and temperament. Preschool The preschool years are a time of […]