When Teens Obsess About Their Weight
Could Your Teen Have an Eating Disorder?
With the fashion and entertainment industries' super-thin stars serving as role models, it's no wonder that many young girls don't like what they see in the mirror. The American Academy of Pediatrics, reporting on a survey of 5th- through 12th-grade girls, found that the majority were dissatisfied with their body shape. Two-thirds wanted to lose weight, even though less than a third were actually overweight!
Create a Sunny Day Rule
It's the Monday after the Fourth of July. I'm up early. Birds aresinging. The dawn sun is blazing. It's going to be a sunny, summer day.A summer day in the truest sense, because my three boys are home from school.No buses to catch, no daypacks filled with books. They can sleep untilthey wake up.
“Summer slide” isn’t just what your kids are begging you to add to the neighborhood pool. It refers to the loss of academic gains during the lazy days of summer where kids spend time outdoors, on vacations and sleeping in. While the break is well deserved, summer slide can be a real problem for some students.
Family Travel with an ASD Child
Traveling can be trying even at the best of times when you have small children. Traveling with a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be even more of a challenge. Airports and train stations are areas that involve lots of waiting. Leaving the security of home for a new place can be off-putting for a child with autism. How you prepare your child depends on his age and how the ASD affects him.
Sigh … your kids are out on their own. The house is tidy and quiet. You don't need to stop by the store every other day for milk, bread, and orange juice. You and your spouse or partner are free to come and go as you please. You've even started playing tennis together again for the first time in 15 or so years.
Just when you think you've got it made, one—or maybe more than one—of the kids is back.
Names and Titles in Stepfamilies
So what are they going to call you? What are you going to call them? For some people, names don't really matter, but for some they are a source of heartbreak.
The Nine Steps to Stepfamily Success
I have identified nine steps or issues to think about with your partner (preferably before the blood pressure rises to unbearable limits):
Just before your teenager heads off to college, you should have “the talk” with them. Nope, not the SEX talk. There’s a pretty good chance they already know about that 3-letter word. We mean the consent talk; meaning ways to tell the opposite sex NO like you mean it and what to do if someone overall makes you feel uncomfortable through sexually-orientated actions.
Making Special Time for Yourselves Without the Kids
Don't forget yourself. Many people spend so much time and effort trying to make everyone else in the family happy that they forget about themselves. Always remember that the most important factor to ensure the happiness of your family is for you and your spouse to be happy!
Stepparenting an Adolescent: What to Expect
A little knowledge goes a long way. Understanding what teens are normally like will help you understand when your stepteen is having problems.
Misconceptions and Corrections
Here's what you may think:
Enjoying Music with the Whole Family
Even if you don't sit in with a little jazz combo on Friday nights, you can still be part of the music scene. How? By making music part of your family life. And family-style music can produce big rewards from very modest efforts.
Musical activities not only enrich family life, they actually help children develop cognitive skills, such as language ability, mathematics, spatial reasoning and problem solving.
Avoiding Dog Bites
Dogs may be man's best friend, but they're not always friendly to children.
Whether it's your own or a stranger's pet, your child should be taught how to approach a dog or deal with one that appears threatening. It's best if kids avoid dogs they don't know and remember not to chase, tease, or pull the tail of a dog they do know.
Dealing with Your Adolescent Stepchild
You can make life around your household easier if you try the following:
Every working parent has time management challenges. Most of us have systems that we rely on to manage our family and work responsibilities (thank you Google Calendar and Wunderlist!). One of those systems is our schools.
Thousands of those schools have closed their doors due to COVID-19. Many parents are working remotely, and many of us are wondering how to structure our days. Teachers have been tasked with developing remote learning plans and using them to keep students on track. The organizational challenges we are facing at home and in our schools are unprecedented.
Keeping Your Cat's Weight Under Control
Excess weight contributes to many serious health problems and shortens life, in cats as in people. Except in very rare cases, overweight is the result of overeating. Several factors determine the amount of food your kitten or cat needs:
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- Reasonable discipline
- Quantity vs quality
Be Reasonable, Gentle, and Firm
You can be a strong and reasonable authority figure and still be fun, as well as gentle and affectionate. The first task is to give up on perfection. Go on! Take perfection by the hand, lead it to a tall bridge over deep water, hoist it up the railing, and push it off! You are not a perfect parent. Guess what? You aren't going to be.
Now that we have that out of the way, let's talk about being reasonable. You cannot be perfect, but you can be reasonable. A reasonable parent:
Best Gifts for Kids with LD and ADHD
Focus on Your Child's Talents
Teens and Their Clothes
Dealing with Fashion Fall-outs
Bare midriffs... belly piercing... blue hair. When you're fifteen, appearance isn't just about how you look. It's who you are. But moms worry about their daughters wearing trendy, body-revealing attire. When it comes to your daughter's clothes, where do you draw the line?
We asked three mother-daughter duos to share their different perspectives on fashion.
Kathy and Caitlin
Kathy (Mom) & Caitlin (age 16)
Talking with Children About War and Violence in the World
by Sheldon Berman, Sam Diener, Larry Dieringer, and Linda Lantieri
Two Parents, Two Homes
A child will probably get more one-on-one attention from his parents after the divorce than before the divorce. The working parent who didn't spend much time with the children pre-separation might now spend much more time with them. The custodial parent may feel that this is just a ploy to reduce child support (more time spent might reduce support), but this may be the best news for the children.
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Twelve Mistakes to Avoid in StepparentingMost people go into a blended family situation desperately wanting to make it work. They've previously suffered from a relationship loss, either by divorce or death, and don't go easily into a new alliance, especially because childrentheirs, the new spouse's, or bothare involved. But regardless of how hard they struggle with major issues, the men and women who have created and lived in blended families say it often is the little things that trip you up and lead to the big fallout.
Making Sure You Can Afford Your Dreams
If you've got dreams, you've got to have the means to fund them.
Whether your dreams include a vacation home, a brand-new home, or being able to leave a substantial legacy for your children, you must be sure that your financial situation can ensure them.
Using the Pool Safely
If you learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), you could save your child's life. Many children have been revived because an adult was able to begin CPR immediately, rather than have to wait for the arrival of emergency personnel. Baby-sitters, grandparents, and older siblings who supervise your child should learn it, too.