Family Dynamics

Why Only Children Do Better than You Think in Quarantine – Parents Article

Source: TawnyVanBreda/Pixabay The assumption seems to be that an only child and his parents are having a tougher time being quarantined for long stretches than children with siblings. The reality is Covid-19 created a new family landscape for all families. The challenges are not the same, but they are there.  Because of consensus thinking, parents of one can feel guilty and think their child would be more content if there were a sibling in the house. Maybe yes, maybe no. …

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This Is Why Dads Are Happier Than Moms – Parents Article

Source: Faithfinder06/Pixabay “Children are a social benefit to everyone, but they are a public good for which mothers are paying a disproportionately high price,” observed a researcher at the University of New South Wales’ Social Policy Research Centre more than a decade ago. With fathers assuming more active roles at home, you have to wonder why in 2019, views remain measurably different about parents’ roles, happiness, and well-being. Clinical psychologist Darcy Lockman, author of All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth…

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Growing Up Without Siblings: Adult Only Children Speak Out – Parents Article

Source: Gabriel Silverio/Unsplash People are having fewer children, and increasingly more only children. Nonetheless, those contemplating the one-child family ask themselves: Will my child be lonely? Am I cheating my only child? Is it fair for my child to be solely responsible for us as we age and may need care? These are legitimate concerns, but as research and adults who grew up as only children tell us, parents need not worry so much. Adult Only Children Have Their Say When I wrote Is…

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How to Turn Children of Any Age into Readers – Parents Article

Source: Pezibear/Pixabay Once a year, out of town friends visit for several days. I have to be sure to have a stack of books on hand for Allie, their now 17-year-old daughter. She plows through them—one after another. The cell phone at her side doesn’t seem to slow down her reading. Reading has been her default preference since she started reading by herself. I asked her mother how she had turned Allie into such a voracious reader. Her mother says she…

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Does Your Child Read Enough? – Parents Article

Source: Pezibear/Pixabay Once a year, out of town friends visit for several days. I have to be sure to have a stack of books on hand for Allie, their now 17-year-old daughter. She plows through them—one after another. The cell phone at her side doesn’t seem to slow down her reading. Reading has been her default preference since she started reading by herself. I asked her mother how she had turned Allie into such a voracious reader. Her mother says she…

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How to Get Your Children to Read More – Parents Article

Source: Pezibear/Pixabay Once a year, out of town friends visit for several days. I have to be sure to have a stack of books on hand for Allie, their now 17-year-old daughter. She plows through them—one after another. The cell phone at her side doesn’t seem to slow down her reading. Reading has been her default preference since she started reading by herself. I asked her mother how she had turned Allie into such a voracious reader. Her mother says she…

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Can You Handle Your Children’s 3,351 Conflicts? – Parents Article

Source: Jordan Whitt/Unsplash Few would argue that a second or third child adds to parental time pressures and stress. With the arrival of a new baby, previous routines go out the window. Many parents think that as children get older, their lives will become more manageable, easier. This is a misconception if only because they do not factor in other, less-talked-about aspects of sibling life—the jealousy, the vying for parental attention, the feelings of favoritism, the potential bullying, and the…

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10 Ways to Be a Happier Mother – Parents Article

Source: Magdelana-Smolnika/Unsplash One of my step-daughters is and has been my role model for how to live and more specifically, how to be a mother. She raised her children in an easy-going manner: her parenting style is high on humor, but low on perfection and the overachievement-geared forces that drive parents today. And, she’s happy. Whenever I ask her how she did it, she shrugs her shoulders. It’s as if to say that she’s like all other mothers. But most…

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