Here’s a question I’ve been struggling with lately: How many chores do you give your children, and are they paid or unpaid? Now that my kids are in middle school, I’ve been ramping up how much help I expect around the house. They don’t have to do too much and they generally do it without complaints. I don’t typically pay them for…[Read more]
That’s a tough one. I’m assuming she’s probably pretty reliant upon her pacifier during the day too. My only suggestion is to cut down on how much she has it during the day, or to take it out of her mouth as soon as she falls asleep so she can get used to not having it. Either way, it sounds like your friend will have a few sleepless nights until…[Read more]
What really encouraged my kids to read was making it a family event. They’d pick a book and then we would sit down together and I’d read to them. Even long after they could read, they would still want some family reading time.
Also, making sure they have material that interests them is so important. My son and I love the Harry Potter books and…[Read more]
How about an engraved necklace? You could have a saying she loves etched into the metal of the necklace.
I gave my 9-year-old daughter a necklace that says, “I love you to the moon and back.” She loves it. You’d probably want a more grown-up saying for a 15-year-old, but I bet your daughter would love having a special message she could wear with…[Read more]
While I’ve never had experience with abuse therapy treatment, my son has had troubles in the past with a bully at school. The first time it happened to him, he was about 7 too. Here are the steps I took with him and it seemed to work.
1. I talked to him about bullies. I pointed out that many times bullies are unhappy with their own lives so they…[Read more]
As a new parent, you’re probably caught up in the comparison game. You want to know how your child stacks up to other babies in terms of development. But before you start wringing your hands in despair if your child is a bit behind, let me tell you what happened to me.
When my son was a baby, the doctor said his head was too little for his body…[Read more]
A good friend of mine is a foster parent. I always wondered how she managed to do it. She would welcome children into her home for a night or for a month and then have to say goodbye to them when they were moved around in the system.
Then James came into her life. He was brought to her as a baby, and she took care of him for months and months as…[Read more]
Shannon Serpette replied to the topic When the going gets rough, what do you do to relieve stress? in the forum Parenting 2 years, 7 months ago
That’s a great idea, Alex. Thinking long term helps me a lot when I’m pursuing a goal as a runner. I think this would help my friend a lot when she’s feeling stressed. I’ll share it with her. Thanks a bunch!
Raising a child who has special needs is extraordinarily challenging, and I have the greatest respect for everyone out there who is doing it.
My sister’s oldest child has Williams Syndrome, which no one in my family had ever heard of before my nephew, Landon, was diagnosed with it. Those early days were terrifying for my sister,…[Read more]
Shannon Serpette started the topic When the going gets rough, what do you do to relieve stress? in the forum Parenting 2 years, 8 months ago
I’d like some input from everyone out there. I have a coworker who is struggling a bit right now because she feels overwhelmed by parenting her young child, keeping up with her full-time job and handling all the other things she has on her plate right now.
She asked if I had any ideas on what she could do to decompress once in a…[Read more]
Here’s a quick update as to how my kindness challenge is progressing. My family and I have all agreed to take the kindness challenge, and it sometimes seems it’s easier for my kids to be kinder to strangers than it is for them to be kind to each other!
But they’re chugging along, and I think it’s working. The parent of one of my daughter’s…[Read more]