Posts Tagged ‘parenting’

Crying: What my young daughter gets out of Mass Comments 0

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

“Baby girl, no!” My 14-month-old daughter’s hand briefly paused in the air, dripping water back into the dog’s drinking bowl. Her hand went to her head, to her chest and completed a toddler’s awkward sign of the cross. My husband and I were horrified by the slobbery dog-water blessing. But we were also awestruck: We Read more

Parenting today Comments 0

Thursday, April 19th, 2018
parenting today

Worrying about possible drug use, alcohol abuse and drunk driving; concerns about smoking and vaping; pushing kids too hard to succeed in school and at sports; providing a home and financial support; paying attention to grades and schoolwork; getting them to eat healthy and go to church or temple or simply disconnect and get outside… Read more

This is what happens when helicopter kids grow up Comments 0

Monday, March 5th, 2018
helicopter

Helicopter parents are really helpful to their kids in the short-term. They act like personal concierges who assist their kids with everything from sports equipment to science fair projects. They rescue their kids when they forget their soccer cleats and they chauffeur them from one activity to the next. Quite often, kids with that type of support are Read more

Move over, helicopter parents: Here come the lawnmower parents Comments 0

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Lawnmower parents

Unfortunately for all (especially the kids), overparenting is far from being over. In November 2009, TIME published an article called “The Growing Backlash Against Overparenting.” In a fascinating examination of all the bizarre lengths to which modern parents will go in order to prepare their precious little ones for the world, writer Nancy Gibbs suggested Read more

A seminar on parenting – Raising happy, confident and resilient children Comments 0

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

The Parenting Place offers public events that combine entertainment with a stimulating dose of relationship information. This year they are coming to Wellington with a special presentation on Raising happy, confident and resilient children. It will be on Tuesday 1st August 2017, Sacred Heart School, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 40 Hill Street, Thorndon. Doors open Read more

What your kids will remember about you and your parenting Comments 0

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Parenting is hard work. It calls on mothers and fathers to really forget themselves and put their kids first. So it’s no wonder that sometimes, we take shortcuts. We buy them a toy rather than spend more time with them; we lose our temper rather than practice patience; we put on the TV at dinnertime Read more

Wrong: all you need for good parenting is to love your kids Comments 0

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

At the time I had my first child I was a solicitor, a job for which I’d studied and trained and got qualifications. You’d think that those negotiating and persuasion skills I’d acquired on the job would have equipped me for parenting. Have you ever tried negotiating with a toddler? It becomes very clear who’s Read more

What teens most need from their parents Comments 0

Friday, August 19th, 2016

The teenage years can be mystifying for parents. Sensible children turn scatter-brained or start having wild mood swings. Formerly level-headed adolescents ride in cars with dangerous drivers or take other foolish risks. A flood of new research offers explanations for some of these mysteries. Brain imaging adds another kind of data that can help test Read more

Five lessons for parents from the Bible Comments 0

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The Bible is not a handbook on parenthood, or morality, or any number of other things for which handbooks are perfectly suitable. The Bible is a written testimony to the persistence of God’s grace throughout centuries as experienced by a particular people, in particular times and places. Scripture presents ancient families doing things that ancient Read more

How to know if you’re over-parenting Comments 0

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Last week, when talking to my fiancé’s sister-in-law about having kids, she made an interesting point: the biggest change is not necessarily that you now have a child, but all the worry that comes with it. How true does that ring?! I sometimes feel annoyed by mothers that seem to keep their baby all to Read more