Parenting Archives

The Enemy

I wanted to share a link to an excellent resource from a good friend who is also in the business of helping parents and children be successful.  I think you will find his article called The Enemy very insightful.

Strange Christmas Reactions

Parents face lots of challenges; this can be especially so at holiday times or when they have a child who faces challenges of their own.  When you combine both of these situations, it can be extra stressful for everyone.  A parent of a child with Sensory Integration Disorder tries to explain why his child might be having non-standard reactions to the Christmas celebration.

Parenting Goals

In the rush of day-to-day living we sometimes forget to stop and think about our long term goals. As parents, we are faced with many different roles we could fill. Pastor Bob helps lead parents through the process of finding the best ways to prepare children to live as  independent adults.

What are your Goals as a Parent? from PastorBobDouglas on Vimeo.

Parenting as a Single Parent

Life sometimes leaves us in difficult circumstances with big challenges. Being a single parent is one of those challenges.  We have been saying that it takes two people in partnership to live out a healthy relationship for the children to witness. I don’t see being a single parent as a “second class” option or an impossible task, but being a single parent requires different coping skills. The needs of the children are the same. We just have to get to our goal by a different path.

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Parenting Partnership

We, as parents, are basically different people who need to be working in partnership. When we see old western movies where teams of horses were harnessed together, their combined strength was much greater than their individual strength; each pulling separately. The trick is to keep both parents pulling in the same direction. There are times when both are pulling as hard as they can but they are headed in opposite directions.  Our partnership has turned into a tug of war. This is bad.

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Conditional – Unconditional Love

There are two kinds of parental love; conditional and unconditional.  Every child needs to have the unconditional love of their parents and mentors as well as a good healthy dose of conditional love. Parenting is a constant struggle to find the right balance. In my early years as a parent, I would feel like I had gained a pretty good balance and then suddenly things would go spiraling out of control again. It is part of the ebb and flow of how we are coping and how those around us are adjusting to the demands of life.

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Being a parent is a non-stop event. We face daily challenges, crises and emergencies. Schedules become impossible. Illnesses and injuries catch us off guard and are emotionally (and sometime financially) draining. We face homework, practice sessions, tutors or team meetings and the pressure only gets worse as we move along. This constant pressure often results in marital stress and conflict. Arguments and struggles become more manageable and healthy when we set down common goals.

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