A parenting crisis looms today where parents rapidly swing between two extremes: treating children like peers or best friends one moment and using shame and controlling every aspect of their lives the next. Children are not getting the parenting guidance they need. This crisis is expressed in children's inability to become autonomous and independent.
Food is a common battleground for children. Obesity rates for children in the US have skyrocketed over the past few decades. Paradoxically, controlling food intake and talking about it with children actually lead to worse, not better, eating patterns. Here's why and what to do instead to create healthy eating in children, the base for lifelong healthy outcomes.
Transitions are part of life, but hard for young children to handle. The reasons why include immature brain development and lack of time sense. Every time we help our children through a transition we are laying the foundation for flexibility, planning, compromise and cooperation. All part of becoming independent.
The demands of raising children and building careers often collide. The needs of both domains are often in head-on conflict, especially in a child's early years. We return to the question of 'Can women actually do it all?' The answer could be "Yes".