Surviving summer, oh boy!
At this time of year, one of the most asked questions I get from parents is, “What can we do to make sure everyone has a good summer?”
Over the years I’ve compiled many lists, but each teen, and scenario, can be dramatically different.
However, I’ve found that these 6 “Secrets” almost always result in less consequences, and more fun, allowing parents and teens alike to continue surviving summer.
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What are you (and every other parent) addicted to?
Your child, of course, and the dreams you have before you even hold that baby in your arms.
Those dreams have the power to derail your natural parenting instincts.
I am a recovering parent. I had a vision of how life would be, an ideal image of my children’s bright future.
I was addicted to my children and to their happiness and success.
I have the good fortune of being a part-time stay-at-home-mom, so my 23-month old son and I occasionally go to a public drop-in centre in our neighbourhood.
The other attendees vary: Mostly home daycare providers, the odd grandparent, and even a rare dad sighting here and there!
On our last visit, one of the staff members pulled me aside.
My two and a half year old has recently started waking up with terrible nightmares.
He’s inconsolable at first, and takes quite a bit of time to settle.
What can we do for preventing fear of night?
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The past two summers I have worked for an arts and culture organization the offers a diverse range of day camps.
I am currently the Director of Literary Camps, and I see the HUGE benefits of creative writing everyday!
There are benefits of creative writing that I believe parents may not be aware of.
The benefits of creative writing provide a longer lasting effect on children than formal writing (ie: essays).
5 Benefits of Creative Writing for Children:
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My son, Logan, will be 5 in July.
He’s recently developed a habit of chewing fingers and sucking them.
He never had a dummy (pacifier), so I’m concerned it could be a sign of anxiety.
Our home life is pretty free from stress, and I’ve tried teaching him breathing techniques and kiddy yoga.
When he’s playing with us or his grandparents, or his 2-year-old brother Alex, the fingers don’t go near his mouth.
I see him chewing fingers more when he’s watching TV or tired.
Are these normal signs of anxiety in a pre-schooler?
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Training is required for many jobs- a class, a workshop, an internship.
For parenting? We aren’t even given an instruction manual!
What is effective parenting? I do not have all the answers, and I make my fair share of mistakes- just ask my children.
But I do want to share with you some things that I have learned over the years.
My 10 Tips and Techniques for Effective Parenting:
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Theo’s older siblings asked Santa for a puppy in Christmas, and so the parents started looking for one in shelters.
After a few weeks of searching they found the puppy of dreams Theo
Theo started joining Beau for his daily nap of course, who would say no to that? Read More >>