In the hustle bustle of stressful family life, it can be great to spend special one-on-one time with each child. Kids adore the attention, the fun, and the indulgence of having one parent all to themselves. It can also be incredibly meaningful for parents. If you feel exhausted from doing laundry, dragging kids to swimming lessons, refereeing arguments, or cleaning up spills, having special time with just one child can put the zip back in your step, the magic back in the moment. "Special time" is a powerful tool to nurture a parent-child relationship. Positive parent-child relationships strengthen children's emotional well-being, attachment security, coping skills, school readiness and achievement, and future capacity for relationships. What makes special time special?It’s one-on-one. A child who is used to sharing you with a fussy newborn sister or a potty-training brother finally gets you, the most important person in his or her little life, … [Read more...] about 8 Ways to Make “Special Time” With Kids Even More Meaningful
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Did you stand in line on Black Friday to find bargains for those on your gift list? Still feeling the frenzied rush to get everything done? Most of us experience some pressure to locate the right thing at the right price, especially for our children. We are supposed to be happy and joyous, but the demands of the holidays can quickly sap energy and enthusiasm. Racing around with tired, cranky children, and attempting to please too many people in our lives within the same compressed period can be nothing short of overwhelming. As a parent, you will most likely identify with these parenting mistakes. I know I made most of them at different points in my children’s lives. Here are 5 easily made holiday parenting errors—and how to avoid them: 1. Giving into “I Have to Have it” Pleas Even with half of Americans dreading holiday shopping according to the Pew Research Center, some parents feel that holidays are a time for indulgence. After all, the idea of making … [Read more...] about Which Holiday Parenting Mistakes Will You Make?
Source: Copyright Rita Watson 2016 Last week I called a treasured friend for advice. She listened carefully then said, “You are not going to like what I have to say.” I reminded her that I was truly grateful for our long friendship and indeed I would be fine with it. Well, I wasn’t. She did not tell me what I wanted to hear. My Pollyanna disposition took a dive. I am a fixer. And my friend told me that I had to have patience. I dragged through the day and I couldn’t find my smile. The next day I took a long walk to the wharf and watched the sunset. There I thought of all the friends who had come to me wishing for a magic word to uplift their spirits. My usual suggestion is to count one’s blessings to outweigh sadness. Suddenly I began to question my own gratitude advice. Sometimes just a hug can be the ice breaker. But what happens when you just cannot muster up those loving … [Read more...] about Train Your Brain for Gratitude: 3 Minutes a Day for 45 Days