Although time is in short supply in our multitasking, digital lives, it’s all about being 100% present in the time that you do spend with your kids.
How can you tell if you’re taking your discipline techniques too far or not far enough? We've got some suggestions to help you ensure you parent positively
Social plans are just the thing to haul yourself out from under the covers! NOW is the time to think outside the box and make this winter the best one ever.
There’s no clever advice on how to avoid the charms of comfort food, but we’d like to pass on a few helpful tips to help you manage your weight during winter.
The 21st century dad is no longer satisfied with a supporting role in his kids’ lives, he’s stepping up and is proud to share the load with his baby mama.
Eagerly awaited by children but often dreaded by parents… yup, the winter school holidays are upon us! We share some ideas for fun things to do at home.
What to do when your mood is falling as fast as the thermometer? We have a few scientifically proven tricks to pull you through winter.
There are certainly ways to boost your child’s immune system which will result in a healthier child and fewer days off work for you.
As humans we crave, and desperately need physical touch. Studies show that touch has a profound effect on our health.
Going vegan or vegetarian may not be a new concept, but it is certainly gaining momentum. So, what is all the fuss about? Well, a quiet revolution has been
Childhood is typically viewed as a carefree, happy time. However, recent studies show that depression can affect even very young children.
Ayurveda literally means “knowledge of life” and is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on the balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
Going off the grid isn’t an option for most of us, but we can be more intentional with technology by using it for our benefit rather than being trapped by it.
Some healthcare professionals are prescribing walks in nature tas part of the “Nature Prescription” program aimed at improving patients’ health and happiness.
Victoria and David Beckham were roasted after an image surfaced of their daughter (then age 4) with a pacifier in her mouth. People were outraged for a whole list of reasons ranging from dental issues to attachment problems they foresaw in the future.
Not one to stand for parent shaming David Beckham came with this response: “Why do people feel they have the right to criticise a parent about their own children without having any facts? Everybody who has children know that when they aren’t feeling well or have a fever you do what comforts them best and most of the time it’s a pacifier. So, those who criticise, think twice about what you say about other people’s children because you have no right to criticise me as a parent …”
While parent shaming is nothing new, the Internet, along with social media has turned up the heat and taken bullying to a whole new level.
When was the last time someone picked apart your parenting skills? Sadly, most parents can relate to being judged on their parenting by total strangers. How many times have you reprimanded your child in a supermarket after throwing a tantrum only to experience the disapproving looks and not-so-subtle comments from other shoppers …?
Let’s face it, parenting is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do and most of us do the best we can with the tools we have. However, competitive parenting exists and measuring your own worth against another’s is an easy trap to fall into. No one wants to find themselves in a moment of less than stellar parenting and harsh comments incite fear in parents who don’t want to be perceived as bad parents.
However, and here’s the kicker, parent shaming takes it’s toll on kids. Parents rescue kids from failure to prevent them from making mistakes which could reflect badly on them as parents. In the process kids are losing out on valuable life lessons preparing them for the future. Parents tend to lose sight of their values; they give in to whining and tantrums in public because they’re afraid a child’s misbehaviour will make them look bad. Too often parents are caught up in trying to look like the perfect family that they fail in addressing real-life issues.
So, if you are the president of the nosy club, it’s time to turn the tide on parent shaming. Every parent makes mistakes and drops the ball once in a while. And yes, off course there are abuse and neglect and it’s important to speak out, but for everyday run-of-the-mill parenting decisions, parents don’t need complete strangers telling them what they are doing wrong.
So, please – don’t pile on, and if you’ve got to say something, make it a kind word of support instead of criticism. Who else but another parent is going to understand the fatigue, joy, fear, wonder, stress and love that comes from being responsible for a child. Instead of judging the frazzled mom holding a crying toddler at the grocery counter, offer to take the groceries out of the trolley for her.
When it comes to raising kids, there isn’t a right way or a wrong way; focus on helping them to become the best version of themselves according to your values.
Be confident in who you are and how your raise your kids.
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