by Jennifer Shakeel
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|Parenting at More4kids: Written by Parents for Parents
by Jennifer Shakeel
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Grandmas love surprises, and there is nothing more special than a homemade gift that comes from the heart, even if they don’t have a use for the gift. They know just how to fawn over present given in love. Here are a few ideas Mom and Grandchildren can work on together to make Mothers Day extra special:
As you kids grow up and become teenagers, one day you're going to look at them and wonder who these kids are living in your home. The teen years can be difficult. If you have teens of your own you know that they seem to change into different people during their teen years. You'll see a glimpse of maturity and suddenly they are rebellious and childish once again.
Sometimes it can be difficult to stay connected to your teen during these tumultuous years. However, there are some things you can do to stay more connected with your teen. Even though there is an age and generation gap there, here are some important tips that can help you to stay connected with your teen as they go through the years approaching adulthood.
As parents sometimes we talk too much. Sure, there is a time for talking. However, with a teenager you'll find that listening to them is as important as talking. Why? Well, when you listen to your child you are opening up lines of communication, letting them know that they can talk to you when they need to. You'll also find out a lot of important information from your teen if you take the time to listen to them. Make sure you keep your heart open. When you listen to them they get an opportunity to express themselves, which is important for their development.
Being a dad who is not a very good cook, I wanted to find something fun and nice I can do for the kids. This is what I found:
Just for Mom Fruit Salad – here is a recipe that Dad and kids can easily make for Mom and have fun doing it together.
1 can prepared lemon pie filling
12 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 – 15 oz. can tropical fruit salad, drained
1 – 15 oz. can pineapple tidbits, drained
2 – 11 oz. cans mandarin oranges, drained
2 cups fresh strawberries
Mix lemon pie filling and whipped topping together in a large bowl. Add fruit to mixture and chill in refrigerator from 4 hours to overnight. When ready to serve, top with fresh strawberries or fruit of your choice and whipped topping. Servings: 8
People may wonder if kids have gotten off track these days. You hear it all the time from the older generations. They think that kids these days simply aren’t as disciplined and respectful like kids used to be. You may have even noticed a change in your own child’s behavior and have wondered what the problem is.
Before we get too analytical about your child’s behavior—whether bad or indifferent—we have to take a quick peek at our own lifestyle. Lets ask a few questions. Do we work a lot? Do we work too much? How often are we home? How many times have we engaged our child this week?
Everyone's circumstances are different. One thing I am not trying to do is point the finger at anyone by saying its all parents fault that we don't spend more time with out kids. In some cases it may be, but we have to be realistic too. In this economy our bosses are placing more of a demand on us and many parents have to work two or more jobs just to make ends meet. One thing to remember, in times of stress, our kids need us more than ever and we should try everything possible to help keep the connection.
So, do we spend enough time with your kids?
Well, of course there are plenty of great kids in this world, but the world has become a busier place. Everyone works so much that it is hard to just let go, clock out, and get your butt home so that you can spend some quality time with the kids. Sometimes our busy, hectic world reflects in our children. Kids who are listless, have no interests, or who do poorly in school likely have parents who don’t spend much time with them.
It is important to understand that half the battle of winning our kids over and helping them progress through life is just being there for them. They need to see our strengths, see our weaknesses and how we handle different situations. Our kids’ eyes are always on us, and it is up to us as parents, to lead them until they are able to do so themselves.
Here are some great habits to get into when trying in order to help spend more time with our children. READ More on Weekly Parenting Tips: How to Spend More Time with Our Kids