Helicopter Parents Handicap Their Children

This weekend I had a conversation with a gal who said she rescues her son when he gets in unpleasant situations even though she knows it is not the best thing to do. I was saying that I think it is good to let kids find solutions to problems on … [Read more...]

Common Mistakes Parents Make When Parenting Teens – Too strict or too lenient

Mistake: They are either too strict or too lenient Parents always want the best for their children. Rearing teens to grow up as responsible adults has always been a parent’s task. But along the way, kids have changed a lot along with the modern … [Read more...]

Common Mistakes Parents Make When Parenting Teens – Assume good grades mean no other problems

Mistake: Assume good grades mean no other problems It’s a common notion for parents that if their child displays good grades in school it is assumed he is engaging in good behavior. This is not always the case with today’s generation. Getting good … [Read more...]

Common Mistakes Parents Make When Parenting Teens – Buy their kids too much

Mistake - Buy their teens too much. Often parents want to keep the kids happy so when their child asks for something, they buy it. This is easy to do if the parents are wealthy. Also, parents that aren't able to spend time with their teens may try … [Read more...]

What Would You Do In This Situation? Father shooting his daughters computer is not the best answer.

This YouTube video went viral and showed one very unhappy father! I identify with him and I am sure many of the rest of you do, too. There are moments when we feel so frustrated that we don't know what to do. He didn't feel appreciated after he … [Read more...]

Common Mistakes Parents Make When Parenting Teens – Only comment on negative behavior

Mistake – Only comment on negative behavior – Do you gladly welcome good behavior, good grades and good performance of your child? Do you complement them when they are doing positive things? Probably not very often.  Usually I find parents only talk … [Read more...]

Common Mistakes Parents Make When Parenting Teens – Don’t spend quality time with their teens

Mistake – Do not spend quality time with their teens – some parents don’t spend time with their teens and don't even know their interests. Solution: As parents it is important to spend time with your teen.  The easiest way to do that is to figure … [Read more...]

Common Mistakes Parents Make when Parenting Teens – Parents don’t agree on discipline

Mistake – Parents don’t agree on how to discipline – one person tends to be strict and the other permissive. Solution:  I had friends who would ground their child for a week.  By the next day one of the parents would say, “You aren’t grounded.”  … [Read more...]

Common Mistakes Parents Make when Parenting Teens – Get into power struggles

Mistake – Parents get into a power struggle with the teen - This is where the teen and you are determined that your point of view is the right one and each is not willing to ‘give in.’ You aren’t able to find a compromise Solution:  First realize … [Read more...]

Common Mistakes Parents Make in Parenting Teens – Yell at them

Mistake  – You YELL at your teen  - this often causes them to yell at you and the problems escalate. Solution:  Avoid constant yelling at your teen.  If shouting is your primary way to deal with children, you will find it is not effective.  After … [Read more...]