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I took a few parenting classes and was sure by the completion of the classes that I was going to be an awesome mom. I must have missed the class that tells you that being a good parent is a long and painful process.
As parents, we are almost constantly comparing our child to someone else's child, and there always seems to be something to fret about. Are you worried that your child isn't saying enough words yet, or isn't walking and he's already a year old?
After years of research indicating that video gaming has negative influence on an individual, Brigham Young University researchers have found a positive in video gaming. It is a daddy-daughter thing...
Want a more positive relationship with your child? How about greater flexibility, decreased level of parenting stress, and greater well-being?
It is commonly known that a sleep-deprived parent can often become irritable, depressed and ineffective throughout the day. While some might be embarrassed to turn to sleep-training techniques to get your bundle of joy to sleep more soundly during the night, sometimes it's the only solution for a parent to get some decent shut eye.
"And though it may seem counterintuitive that children given more leeway don't seem to experience more injuries, other work has found similar trends. If a child feels confident enough to get up high, that's probably because they feel confident at that height and probably aren't going to fall."Of course, this research comes on the heels of a trend in parenting over the past decade that has promoted the case for protection, and some would argue the overprotection, of children. The authors of the risk-taking studies reiterate that reasonable risks are the key to understanding these findings. They are not encouraging parents to let their young children roam freely and not monitor their activities. Instead, parents can closely observe their children and their abilities to gauge what seems like a reasonable risk.
I think there is a real difference between developing self-esteem and developing character, and in the past few decades we’ve become confused about that. Yes, if you want to develop kids’ self-esteem, the best way to do it is to praise everything they do and make excuses for their failures.
But if you want to develop their character, you do almost the opposite: You let them fail and don’t hide their failures from them or from anybody else – not to make them feel lousy about themselves, but to give them the tools to succeed next time.
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