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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Validation is one of the most important elements to learn before parenting any child.
Validation allows your child to feel seen, heard, and accepted and to know that what they say matters and is understood.
The first time I can recall the purpose of validation as a parent, was when my son was eleven years old.
We had just spent the day at Universal Studios as a family, and we were having dinner in a restaurant when my son blurted out:
“There is no point in living.
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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 was discussing this blog with my husband, telling him that it looks like 2 different blogs mixed together and that I probably need to split it to 2, when he scowled at me “you will handle 2 blogs? You can’t even handle one!”
Pause… Let’s see: I started sharing my life with you in January, following The scary world of 12’s incident. So far, 1000 of you are following my blog already. Does it mean that 1000 people think I can handle at least one blog? I sure hope so!
Thank you all again for taking the time to participate in my life by reading, commenting and sharing your own stories. It’s more than my husband does, and you don’t even know me. It’s like having 1000 people believe in me but they are far away, and one who doesn’t, but he is in my house! Let’s switch, I will have 1000 people in my house believing in me, and the one who doesn’t will be far away. Just a thought ;-).
About this blog: I am not sure it makes a lot of sense to jump from cutting to crafting. There are many days when I am very troubled about life being so stressful and painful for kids sometimes. After I post about it, I need to remind myself that there is also a lot of good and happiness going around, and I start looking for nice things. Than you get a crafty post. No wonder I started taking anti anxiety pills lately…well that’s for another post.
I guess this bipolar disorder will not continue forever .
And no, I don’t look like this blond in the photo, thanks for asking. Wish I did though!