Understanding Child Sexual Abuse
The topic of child sexual abuse (CSA) has been brought to our attention. Though the known incidents of CSA seem to be on the rise, fortunately, the resources to deal with it have increased as well. New curriculum has been introduced into schools to build awareness, and school safety measures have been expanded to create a safer environment for children. For the individual who is a survivor of CSA, there is psychological counseling and plenty of information available to equip a person to make sense of and deal with the long-term effects of their experience.
Guilt Busters for Working Mothers
If you're a working mother, you're probably no stranger to stress and of course, guilt. There may have been many times you wish you could do more for both your children and your work. In fact, it is said that working mothers have a special type of guilt. Since this guilt and the tension of managing work and home seem inevitable, here are some practical tips to help you keep your stress to a minimum.
Coping with a Miscarriage
Going through a miscarriage can be a traumatic experience for a woman. If you have been through the ordeal of miscarriage, you are probably well aware of the emotional impact it can have. You have to deal with both the physical and the emotional aspect. Here, we look at the emotional impact of miscarriage and how to cope in healthy ways. If you are ready to try conceiving again, read on.
Raising a well adjusted child
Have you thought of qualities that would help your child in being a well adjusted individual as they grow up? Parents wonder about ways in which they can help their child be prepared for the roles and responsibilities they will take on. Teaching your child to express themselves appropriately, building meaningful relationships can be tough. Here are some ways in which you can teach them these skills.
Can children be praised too much?
We all understand that praise does encourage and sometimes motivate a person to do better. Books and articles on parenting talk about the benefits of praise, but is there a problem with too much praise? Does excessive praise affect a child's behaviour and emotional growth? What does too much praise do to a child?
Parents Being Friends
Parenting could be a tight rope between being parents and friends of our children. Should I be a friend? Will I lose control? Will my kids take advantage of me if I get too close??
Parenting a special kid
Parenting is a wonderful experience with many challenges, even more so if you have a special kid. Many couples struggle with parenting but it is much harder to raise a special child. With special needs children, one needs to think about various aspects that could impact the lives of the parents as well as the child. Many parents go through phases of asking themselves, "Why me?" and feelings of hopelessness. They will also go through stressful days with additional work load, the stress of childcare, when they see other kids do better than their child, etc. This article looks at ways parents can cope as they raise their special child.
Protecting Your Child
As your child grows and spends more time out of your sight, you need to teach them to protect themselves. Child abuse and assault (both by strangers and by people known to the child) are very real dangers in all countries and in every socio-economic group. It is important to discuss with your children (both boys and girls) the potential risks.
Parents Get Mad Too!
Remember that if you are tired, fatigued or stressed, you may react by lashing out at your child. It happens to most parents at some point or another. Fortunately, there are steps parents can take to minimize or avoid the likelihood of over-reacting and remain in control when stress is high.
Getting Fathers Involved
Someone once said: "Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad." It is just not enough to ensure food on the table and a roof overhead. Fathers play an important part in the lives of their children. There's more to being a father than just "fathering" the child.