Raising a teenager is not easy, trust me, I’m raising my 2nd teen son and just sent my oldest son on his own back in August! Even if you have an absolute angel of a child, they will have their moments where they are going to be difficult. The absolute best thing to do is ensure you never lose contact with your child. Keep communicating with them, and make sure you discuss with your teen topics that are important. It’s something that I still do with my oldest. He texts me at least once a week and gives me updates while he’s in Job Corps. Just the other day, he let me know he’s 100% completed on his trade and thinking of moving onto a second trade.
A couple weeks ago I talked about ways to help you, as a parent or guardian, get through your day with a sick child, because everyone knows, taking a day off of work or your scheduled plans to take care of a sick child isn’t always the easiest. For the better part of my boys upbringing, I was a single mother, so taking care of a sick child meant all too often I had to take a day off of work, if my mom or dad also had to work that day. I couldn’t send them to daycare because well, daycare facilities have rules about sick kids just like schools do.
I remember when my sons were younger and they weren’t feeling well. It was one of the worse feelings in the world. If your child is ill it can be exhausting taking care of them. They often want all your attention, as that is a comfort to them. When they are very young or just toddling, they cannot always tell you exactly what is wrong, and that can make it even harder to know you are doing the right thing. Getting through the day with a sick child is not an easy task, some times you want to throw in the towel, but don’t, because it either has throw up on it or spilled soup. Seriously though, it’s rough, but here are a few tips that will help get through the day.
Once you have kids, finding time for yourself becomes a nearly impossible task. You can plan it, but more often than not, something will come between you and your well-deserved time off. And that’s not the worst of it. When you actually manage to get that short break, you don’t even know how to relax anymore. You spend that time sorting out things in your home, running some errands without kids tagging along or you turn to taking care of somebody else’s needs, like your parents’ or your partner’s. So, if you’re in need of some precious advice on how to relax when you finally find time to, go through these amazing tips and find the ones that suit you best.
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!
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. I’m going to give you a few guidelines you can follow to make while talking to your kids about sex a little easier to handle. This isn’t an easy topic, but it’s not one you should fear.
As a parent, you have to be proactive. If you did not know the answers to those questions I mentioned above then your child is at risk of being taken advantage of by a child sex predator. No, I am not just being an alarmist. I am not chicken little and the sky is not falling. However, children are falling prey to online sex predators far too often. Besides that, they are being exposed to pornography, inappropriate content, and even illegal content. If your child is trading in pirated music, movies, and software, you can be sued for thousands of dollars. Do you really think saying, “You should not do that” is enough if there is a song or a movie they really want and they know you will never find out about it?
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 points…
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. 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 teach my sons to respect women. As much as I know some women would love for me to do that, but because I know there are far more men out there that do respect women and treat all of the women in their lives with the utmost respect, love, and care.
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 are doing. Whether it’s drugs, dating, or self-harming. We need to be aware of the changes in our children’s personality, actions, and persona.