Does Any Good Come From Spanking Children?

Spanking children remains a complex and controversial issue. Go to the source: Does Any Good Come From Spanking Children?

The Help That Never Came

The pandemic’s lockdowns and school closures put parents under unprecedented pressure—and moms, not dads, took the strain. Source: The Help That Never Came

Dear Mom and Dad, Thank You for the Years of Trauma via @TinyBuddha

I’m sharing this not as an indictment of my parent’s parenting but rather mine as something I would share with my sons. One of the most difficult things for children to understand is the complexity of being a parent today. Children don’t understand what their parent might be going through at work or in their marriage nor should they, but life is made up of ordinary days and sometimes parents have a hard time keeping their adult world from harming their children. Hopefully, as children grow older they have more grace to lend to their parents.

Allison Ayres writes “dear Mom and Dad, thank you for the hard lessons. Thank you for creating me. Thank you for being who you were or weren’t to me.” Source: Dear Mom and Dad, Thank You for the Years of Trauma – Tiny Buddha

Parent, Adult Child, and Reconciling Past Unhappiness

When past hardship obstructs moving on, reconciliation counseling may help. Source: Parent, Adult Child, and Reconciling Past Unhappiness

Healthy Boundaries for Adult Children of Toxic Parents

Strategies for changing old, unhealthy patterns. Source: Healthy Boundaries for Adult Children of Toxic Parents

10 Ways Childhood Trauma Manifests in Adult Relationships

Our formative years pave the way for interactions in our later relationships. Source: 10 Ways Childhood Trauma Manifests in Adult Relationships

How Our Parents Impact Us: The Childhood Wounds That Shape Our Lives

Ariadne Brill was right, “The way we treat our children directly impacts what they believe about themselves.” Go to the source: How Our Parents Impact Us: The Childhood Wounds That Shape Our Lives – Tiny Buddha

Parental Alienation: The Legacy for Children

When one parent alienates the other, what happens to their children? Source: Parental Alienation: The Legacy for Children

How to Have Better Dinner Conversations With Your Teenager

When kids are little, we wish and wish for a break. We are everything to them—they hang on our every word and tell us every detail about their own day, no matter how mundane those details may be. We yearn for a time when things will be quieter, when they’ll stop grabbing at us, needing us for every little thing. And then they grow up to become teenagers: How to Have Better Dinner Conversations With Your Teenager

What Representing Men in Divorce Taught Me About Fatherhood

What Parents Can Learn From the Paris Hilton Documentary

Knowing if residential therapy is right for your teen and finding quality care: What Parents Can Learn From the Paris Hilton Documentary

8 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do

How can you help build resilience in your child? Here are 8 things to consider: 8 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do

He or She Reels You In to Pull the Rug

Why is it so hard to leave a covert narcissist? He or She Reels You In to Pull the Rug

Quaran-Teen Parenting

I’m settling for being a “good enough” mom: Quaran-Teen Parenting

There's got to be a pony in here somewhere

One of my favorite stories seems very appropriate for these times

“Over lunch today I asked Ed Meese about one of Reagan’s favorite jokes. ‘The pony joke?’ Meese replied. ‘Sure I remember it. If I heard him tell it once, I heard him tell it a thousand times.’”

“The joke concerns twin boys of five or six. Worried that the boys had developed extreme personalities – one was a total pessimist, the other a total optimist – their parents took them to a psychiatrist.”

“First the psychiatrist treated the pessimist. Trying to brighten his outlook, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with brand-new toys. But instead of yelping with delight, the little boy burst into tears. ‘What’s the matter?’ the psychiatrist asked, baffled. ‘Don’t you want to play with any of the toys?’ ‘Yes,’ the little boy bawled, ‘but if I did I’d only break them.’”

“Next the psychiatrist treated the optimist. Trying to dampen his out look, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with horse manure. But instead of wrinkling his nose in disgust, the optimist emitted just the yelp of delight the psychiatrist had been hoping to hear from his brother, the pessimist. Then he clambered to the top of the pile, dropped to his knees, and began gleefully digging out scoop after scoop with his bare hands. ‘What do you think you’re doing?’ the psychiatrist asked, just as baffled by the optimist as he had been by the pessimist. ‘With all this manure,’ the little boy replied, beaming, ‘there must be a pony in here somewhere!’”

Parenting during coronavirus: What to know about play dates, education and more

School’s canceled. Many parents are working from home. Now what?: Parenting during coronavirus: What to know about play dates, education and more

Upgrading Your Relationship with Your Parents

You’re not a kid anymore, but your parents don’t realize it. Time to upgrade: Upgrading Your Relationship with Your Parents

Stanford psychology expert: These are the top 3 things kids need—but most parents fail to provide

Hint: It’s not the latest iPhone…

Distractions satisfy deficiencies, explains Nir Eyal, a Stanford psychology professor. So when kids aren’t given the nutrients that their brain needs, they are more likely to overdo unhealthy behaviors: Stanford psychology expert: These are the top 3 things kids need—but most parents fail to provide

How Parents Can Help Teens Cope With Stress

Which parenting approaches are most effective? It depends: How Parents Can Help Teens Cope With Stress

For divorc-ing/ed parents

I <3 the @owlkitty Instagram account!

I like black cats and I cannot lie! Here are some of her greatest hits:

The human owned by owlkitty is a videographer who apparently has too much time on his hands…

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