Strong willed children can be a challenge to parent when they're young, but if sensitively parented, they become terrific teens and young adults. They're self-motivated and directed, they go after what they want, and they are fairly impervious to peer pressure.
Children, like the rest of us, handle change best if it is expected and occurs in the context of a familiar routine. A predictable routine allows children to feel safe, and to develop a sense of mastery in handling their lives. As this sense of mastery is strengthened, they can tackle larger changes.
Why are some women better mothers than others? Turns out that some women have more "love" hormones than others.
Children love ritual. Repetition, the comfort of belonging, the sense of wonder, magic, and celebration -- all create a bonding experience that nurtures both kids and parents, and holds families together.
Forget Baby Einstein. The single best way to increase your child's IQ is to read to her. Does she read every evening, not because it's assigned, but just for fun? Some kids do, and those are the ones who do better academically every step of the way.
It's a shock when your previously sweet little girl starts tantrumming again. Twelve-year-old girls can be moody, over-dramatizing, self-centered, focused almost solely on friends, close-mouthed, surly, back-talking and condescending to parents. They can, of course, also be mature, affectionate and delightful, but at their worst...
Everyone knows that stress is bad for us, but why? Did you know that stress causes spikes in cortisol, the stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands? That's okay if you're grabbing your kid away from the side of the pool, but chronic high cortisol levels are bad for your body.
So she's off to school every morning now, like a big kid. But instead of the exuberance you expected, you find many days -- especially Monday -- starting with tears, or maybe a tummy-ache. Don't worry, it's not unusual for kids to need a little extra help adjusting to the start of school. What can you do?
Is your child's whining driving you crazy? Here, five parent-proven secrets for minimizing whining. Meet her basic needs. She may not tantrum as much as now as when she was a toddler, but she will certainly whine if you force her to endure that shopping trip while she's hungry and tired.
You've probably put a lot of thought and effort into helping your child adjust to school or daycare for the first time. And maybe you've been looking forward to your new freedom. But if you're like most moms, you've found yourself wiping away a tear or two as well. So for a little help managing your own separation anxiety...