How many of us have ever imagined what the worst thing possible would be to happen in our lives? Far too many people can tell you that that something is the loss of a child. Just the thought can bring chills, disbelief and numbness. The pain of such a loss is devastating and overwhelming.
Have you ever heard someone say, “Get a life”? Most often it means “stay out of my business,” but in a more condescending way. But, maybe it is good advice for those parents who have invested a great deal emotionally into their children. The teen years are where this fact is most apparent..
Parenting is not for the faint of heart. That child you’re holding is cute and cuddly right now, but they can become a savage beasty as they grow. Didn’t you know that one of your duties as a parent is wild animal tamer? Study and learn from four of the laws of the parenting jungle so you don’t become dinner..
Parenting doesn’t come with a rulebook. Most of what we know comes from the trial and errors of other brave souls as well as our own with each new child. One aspect of the parent-child relationship that is shown not to be effective is the “friend-confidante” role.
Parenting can be trying at the best of times. Imagine what it must be like if you are coming at the situation as a divorced or divorcing parent. Some of you are facing that very predicament right now. A good rule of thumb for dealing with your children is to avoid the “friendship” trap..
How many times have we thought that we could do something better than our parents did? It is a rare teen who doesn’t believe that they know more than their parents. When it is your turn to start a family, revisiting these childhood beliefs can do more harm than good..
Marriages endure ups and downs, peaks and valleys, throughout the course of a life together. When children come along, it adds a new component to that relationship. If a child dies, there is inevitable strain on the marriage. Will it recover or will the stress be too much to sustain it? Statistics say that up [...]
Siblings also grieve when a child is lost. Depending on their age, that grief can manifest itself in different ways. One extreme aspect of childhood grief is childhood traumatic grief. Grief and Children Young children do not understand death as adults do. Their experience and emotional states are not mature enough to express in an [...]
When you are in mourning for the loss of your child, a support system provides strength and stability as you move along through the grieving process. One avenue of support is a grief counselor. Here is some advice for helping you to find the right person to meet the needs of you and your family. [...]
As a parent, it is our job to do all that we can for our children. As soon as these little people enter the world, they captivate our minds and our hearts. We teach our children all that we can about people and the world – how to co-exist in this life. That is where relationships come into the picture…