We may soon look fondly on the days when the rules were clearer.
"Sixty-two people out of my family were killed."
We want our children to grow up to be empowered and compassionate problem-solvers, rather than fearful citizens who expect the worst to happen.
When they do, the life lesson is to accept it, learn from it, learn to live with it, move on and carry it softly.
An excess of parental smothering prevents a young person from growing up to feel confident and empowered.
It is unfortunate that in today's world, it is a necessary life lesson.
Extensive rigorous research demonstrates that an emotionally secure child has a healthy understanding of interpersonal skills and improved academic performance. Every parent knows the pain of seeing their child in distress over some emotional hurt. As parents we must accept that we cannot make 'boo boo's go away for their entire life. Let them feel it and learn some agility skills. Dexterity counts in the game of life too.
In my last Huffington Post piece on Happenstance, I discussed the importance of remaining open to and honouring the role
The question is - as parents, how do we teach our children effective stress management tools? My philosophy has always been "begin at the beginning." Ask your child to identify how they know they are feeling stressed.
Winter weather makes most of us apprehensive about getting a cold or the flu, and often enough those fears are justified. No matter how religiously we wash our hands, keep our distance from others who already have the sniffles, or try to fortify our immune system with extra doses of vitamins, it seems to be a losing battle year after year. Yet some folks never appear to get affected. They just sail through this treacherous season without a hitch. How do these lucky few do it?