Teaching Children About Anger And Violence

Monkey see, monkey do. Our kids are sponges that mimic us even to the genetic level. We try to do our best as parents but we can’t control life and sometimes things happen. We believe most parents try to keep it together and avoid traumatizing our little ones. The problem with this is that by avoiding certain feelings in front of our children we give them the impression that those emotions, which are completely normal, are a cause for shame. Many adults have issues with how to deal with anger because their parents either denied the existence of anger or showed them a corrupted expression of the same.

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Gifts For Kids You Do Not Like

So this post can be listed either under the category of Public Service Announcement or under the category of Let’s Not Kill The Kids. Check out the site from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission that lists the hazardous toy recalls. It is very illuminating and a bit scary. If you do not have time to go over every one of them, here is my list of 5 WTF toys that I would probably buy for a child but they were recalled because they were just too much fun.

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What’s your kid’s attitude?

As parents, we spend so much time worrying if our kids are eating right, sleeping enough, socializing enough, studying enough, playing enough and whatever else enough that we often forget to ask them how they are. We have found that there are many factors to raising happy kids. But the foundation to their happiness along with familial stability has to be attitude. That’s right! Soccer, basket weaving, Mandarin and sushi rolling classes are great but they will not tip the scales on whether little Jedediah is happy or not. Little Persimmon will survive without her native spear fishing class taught by a real Maori native. But ultimately, their attitude will define everything for them.

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How is social media affecting us?

According to Larry D Rosen, PhD, professor of Psychology at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, adolescents who use social media and are not monitored by their parents tend to be less healthy, narcissistic and have poor school performance than those adolescents who have their computer use monitored and restricted. Unlike adults, kids see the internet as commonplace; they don’t know a world without it.

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Arguing With Your Children

Are your kids argumentative? Do your children say black when you say white? Do your kids like to suck the life out of every happy experience because they are contrary or adolescent or just can’t admit when they are wrong? Yep, ours too! Even though this is incredibly uncomfortable and frustrating, you cannot give in to temptation to crush your opponent (sorry, maybe that’s just us).

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Stupid Things That Parents Teach

I will never say I’m perfect. I think I have a great family but no family is without their faults. In my case, I think having my parents made my life better in so many ways. For one, I learned to be a risk taker from them. That has served me throughout my life. However, there are a myriad of things that sent me to the couch that were passed on from my parents. Some of which I will share now.

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Proud Parenting

I have a kid in college, another is the star of second grade and the youngest is brilliant. I am so proud of each of them. I am filled with admiration and appreciation for the incredible human beings I have the honor of parenting. Pride in children is a beautiful thing. The line between pride in your child and being a stage parent is quite thin. However, when is pride detrimental? When is pride in our kids pathological to the point where our parenting suffers? Where does the line between pride and irresponsibility lie?

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