very happy self-confident little boyA very important goal for us as parents is to try and help our  children gain self-confidence and self-worth. This not only helps our children develop mentally and emotionally, it also add the  extra bonus of helping with life skills and building self-esteem in our kids. As a parent there are certain things that we can do and skills we can develop in ourselves and in our child that will help our children grow in self-confidence.
When you start to parent a child, one thing that you must remember is that you are in control of a life and what you do and say will control and change your child forever. It is a pretty humbling responsibility. Without a doubt self-confidence and self-worth are the most important emotions you can help your child learn.READ More on Parenting and Empowering Your Child With Self-Confidence

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step parenting one step at a timeMany things may lead to step Parenting. Death or divorce, both unpleasant circumstances can often result in the need for step parenting. Re-marrying and subsequent step parenting require the same skills, dedication, focus and luck that is necessary in good parenting under ideal conditions. In step parenting there is a little more to consider. Let’s call these considerations steps – steps toward parenting or step parenting – sort of fits doesn’t it?

Where to start? The first Step.

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mom saying goodbye to son on first day of schoolIf this is the first time your child is off to a day care or preschool it can be a nervious time not only for the child, but the part as well.  This is a time when both you and your child will face the issues of separation and independence. These are very normal feelings, but it is also a very important stage in your childs development.  A child that is at the age of four or five years old will probably go off without much difficulty, but many children under the age of three have a very hard time with leaving their parents. Here are some ways to help make the transition a little easier.

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teenage daugter and dad enjoying a boat rideAre you a Father with a wonderful daughter who is going through those monumental changes from young girl to an adult women? How does that make you feel? Most dads feel a bit uneasy and ackward around their growing daughters. In fact, many fathers all over the world have a hard time adjusting to their  'little girl' as she turns into a young lady. Many times it is our own ego that gets in the way of us being as close with our teenager daughters as we were when they were little.

In fact, girls often say that they feel their Fathers are distancing themselves from them as the change from girl to woman occurs. Our daughters are very keen to what is going on around them and they sense their Dad's dismay and discomfort at the changes their bodies are going through. And these young ladies are missing the easy comfort of hanging out with Dad. READ More on Attention Dads: Are You Growing Closer or Further Apart From Your Daughter?

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By Julie Baumgardner

mothing and daughter disagreeingThere is probably no more exhausting, exciting, frustrating, or gratifying job than that of being a parent. One-minute things are going well and the next you are pulling your hair out wondering if you are going to survive. No matter what your socio-economic status or your education, parenting is an adventure second to none.
One well-educated mother recalled phoning a friend when it seemed that world war three was breaking out in her home between the adults and their child. The mother confided that she felt like a failure as a parent. Her friend reminded her that every parent encounters challenging times. If what you are doing isn’t working, then you have to try something else.READ More on Parenting and Dealing With Poor Behavior

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girl visiting a zoological museumMuseums – maybe now that you've had kids, you think the only museums you can visit are the children's kind with fire poles and mini grocery stores. But while those kinds of museums are certainly fun, you don’t need to cross art or zoological museums off your list until the kids go away to college. Instead, you just need to plan ahead and change your approach.
Plan Ahead
Before you visit the museum, visit its website with your children. Look at pictures of the exhibits and talk about what you will see in the museum. Let your children pick out a few favorite items they want to see. If you can, print out some pictures of a few items READ More on Planning A Museum Trip With Your Kids

young boy doing his choresI am sure that you care about your son or daughter as much as I do, and that you may from time to time been have  been guilty of spoiling them. Unfortunately this practice is not a good way of empowering our kids. We need to help nurture their abilities, not take them away. And of course we do this out of love, but there comes a time when as parents we must learn to never do for their kids what they can do for themselves. The earlier one starts, the easier it will be. READ More on Teaching Responsibilty Through Role Modeling

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