advice for parents
You can turn it into "something that's actually useful."
When we have children, we know that we'll be parents for life, but what we don't realize is that you're on call 24/7 and that never ends. When they have problems, you have to be there. When they eventually go off on their own and have problems, guess who they're calling?
"Happy Holidays!" "Happy Hanukkah!" Even in our greetings, this time of year come with a lot of expectations. For many families, the "happy" and "merry" expectations can cause great stress and anxiety -- not just for you as an adult, but for your children, too.
It's a hard message for today's modern family to remember, but an important one: a busy family does not necessarily make a happy family.
earning to recognize how our parents influenced us may be the most effective way of preparing for the job ahead. What did your parents do that you remember most positively? Were there hugs at night? Surprise trips to the ice cream store? Goofy family photos?
Teaching children about their feelings -- to recognize them, to name them, to express them appropriately -- is an important part of being a parent.
Children have a heavy burden to bear when they feel that their performance is connected with the love they receive and they are letting down their parents if they are not successful.