It’s high time we put the most enduring myths about human behavior to bed, and see the mind—and the world—as it is.
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Parenting Strategies for All Ages
Meri Wallace LCSW
There is no magic wand that can get your child to listen.
Bringing early birth order experiences into awareness is a key for parents to respond more objectively.
The family has enough love for all of its children.
Grown-ups can help their kids adjust to a divorce by keeping their children’s feelings as the primary concern.
Your communications and behavior can help your child feel loved and supported.
The goal is to give your children the feeling that it's okay to want.
Affection, verbal reassurance and spending time alone with each child helps kids grow up feeling equally loved.
Your most important job is to help your child to grow up feeling self-confident, independent, and capable.
Identifying children with problems and giving them the help they need, can change the course of events.
A joint understanding and a recognition of the urgency, can bring about a positve resolution
The world, and life, become disorganized and terrifying.
Whether parents are royalty, or not, there's much that they can do to help the youngest child.
If you want your child to be respectful, treat him, your family, and others respectfully.
Even though your teen seems to want distance and keeps pushing you away, she still needs your love and attention.
Your child's major motivation will be to win your love and approval.
Encourage your school to develop anti-bullying programs.
Avoid criticism, for instance, telling your child,“You’re kicking the ball all wrong.”
the preschool experience should help her to feels good about herself and enjoy going to school.
Take a deep breath or count to 10 and find positive words to send your message.
Watch for signs that generally appear before she bites, and move in quickly.
Acknowledging anger does not encourage it.
A child who feels a loving bond with a parent, will feel valuable and have more of an ability to withstand peer pressure.
Do not force your child to speak.
You can ease their separation by giving them some advance notice.
It is very easy to squelch a child's enthusiasm with a disapproving, frightened, or critical facial expressions
Your child's curiosity can bring him to walk away with a stranger.
If you show an acceptance of your child's curiosity, your child's self-esteem will remain in tact.
Starting school is in many ways like starting a new job.
Prepare yourself for the inevitable, stay calm and find creative ways to manage the situation.
Follow her questions as a guide and you will not overload her with information.
Meri Wallace, LCSW, is a parenting expert and child and family therapist.