Helpful Tips for Dealing With Anger and Stress in Children

Helpful Tips for Dealing With Anger and Stress in Children

I’ve talked in the past about how we have two children with mental health issues. My oldest has ADHD and our youngest has ODD. With those, we constantly have a lot of anger and stress in the home. We deal with it the best that we can, though it’s not always easy. For a while, I thought that I was the cause of my ids ADHD & ODD. After lots of therapy and talking with those who have studied ADHD & ODD for years, I know it’s nothing I’ve done in my parenting. Anger and stress in children aren’t easy to work with, however, it’s not impossible either! However, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t having problems with stress more or less than any other child.

8 Ways to Make Talking to Your Kids About Sex Just a Tad Easier

8 Ways to Make Talking to Your Kids About Sex Just a Tad Easier

If you are like most parents I talk to, you are crazy nervous about talking to your kids about sex. Whether they are 5 or 15, talking to your kids about sex doesn’t have to be this big, overwhelming ordeal. In fact, having many conversations in bite-sized chunks will have the most lasting impact over time. These strategies are effective regardless of the child’s age. Here are a few guidelines you can follow to make while talking to your kids about sex a little easier to handle: Stay Calm and Carry On. Pay attention to your body language and tone when responding to questions your child asks....
How Often Do You Monitor Electronic Devices That Your Child Uses?

How Often Do You Monitor Electronic Devices That Your Child Uses?

What websites did your child visit this week? Did any of those websites contain porn, illegal content, or content that you would not allow your child to be exposed to? What did your child receive in their email this week? Did someone from Bulgaria, Russia, or Thailand send them pornography? How about someone who lives even closer to you? What did they send your child? Did anyone approach your child about sex in an Internet chat room this week? Did someone invite them to run away from home or to secretly meet with them offline? Was your child approached through his or her Facebook Messenger about sex this week? You don’t know? You hope not? You think that if it happened they would have told you about it?

5 Important Things I Learned While Raising a Son with ADHD

5 Important Things I Learned While Raising a Son with ADHD

Over the past 12 years, I've been raising a son with ADHD. It hasn't been easy, but it hasn't been horribly hard either. Just like any child, a child with ADHD has their good days and bad days. The only problem? Those bad days can and typically are much much worse than a raising a son with ADHD. Anyone who knows anything about raising a son with ADHD knows the typical struggles: Inattentiveness Doing everything EXCEPT what needs to be done Temper tantrum throwing Being impulsive Forgetfulness Oh, and the list could go on and on…… probably for at least another 100 bullet...
I Do Everything In My Power To Teach My Sons to Respect Women

I Do Everything In My Power To Teach My Sons to Respect Women

I'm sure many of you so-called men are sick of hearing about how boys are raised to respect women. Oh well. If you're a man, you shouldn't have to be sick of hearing it, you should be helping us change it. I Do Everything In My Power To Teach My Sons to Respect Women Well, let me tell you something…. us women are sick of you so called men being disrespectful to women so much that we have to raise our sons to be respectful.  We shouldn't have to instill respect to our sons if they had men in their lives that respect women. This isn't going to be a bash men post, it's a post about how I...
What Do You Do When You Find out Your Child Does Drugs?

What Do You Do When You Find out Your Child Does Drugs?

Are you concerned that your son, daughter, or family member is doing drugs? Is the prospect of having to take them to a clinic too horrible for you to even contemplate? This past week my husband and I had a sneaky suspicion about our oldest son doing drugs. We knew it wasn't anything hard, but knew it was at least marijuana. We talked it over and decided to drug test him to be 100% sure. I didn't make it a big deal and just told him “Look, it's just to be on the safe side and so I know what's going on in your life!” And that's the thing, as parents, we need to know what our kids...
The 10 Best Internet Safety Rules for Kids + Free Printable

The 10 Best Internet Safety Rules for Kids + Free Printable

The other day my youngest son was playing a popular game on the Xbox One. I overheard the conversations a few kids and my son was having and he said something that surprised me since we’ve talked about internet safety quite a bit. He mentioned that he was only 12 and that he was home with his mom and that he couldn’t do something because he wasn’t allowed to. It shocked me. So I had him turn the game off and we discussed again how telling people online that you don’t know personally, any type of personal information is unacceptable.

I Just Won The “Most Awesome Mom of a Lifetime” Award

I Just Won The “Most Awesome Mom of a Lifetime” Award

If your home is anything like mine, you have at least one boombox in the house that isn't Bluetooth enabled. *gasp* I know I know… I'm living in the “dark ages” according to my kids. Heck, we still rely on actual alarm clocks, that my husband and I have probably had since at least 2005, and not our cell phones to wake us up. The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. This post may contain affiliate links, which means if you click a link, I may get paid for your purchase. Since my...
5 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Child

5 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Child

Children are at an age where they need lots of love and encouragement to grow up into healthy young adults. This is one thing I'm not afraid to admit that I struggle with. Growing up the only person who really encouraged my brother and I was my mom. My dad was raised with a firm hand and was more authoritative instead of encouraging. So I have tried to be more like my mother, but it's hard. Especially when you're stressed to your children how you expect them to act. I have a little bit more of the authoritative way of thinking that I would like, but it is definitely something that I'm...
When Will the Kids Be Responsible Enough to Trust at Home Alone?

When Will the Kids Be Responsible Enough to Trust at Home Alone?

Your childcare provider just called, telling you that her children are sick. While you normally use your mother-in-law as a back-up, she’s visiting family out of town. Missing work isn’t an option unless you want to lose your job; your boss has already written you up for excessive absences, mostly for scenarios just like this one—childcare emergencies. Your kids are 11 and 13, and you work just 10 minutes up the road. What should you do? Are they ready to be left alone? This post may contain affiliate links, which means if you click a link, I will get paid for your purchase. First, consider...

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