Raising Teens

How My Kids Are Using Video Games to Stay Social from GoFatherhood® – Single Dad, Parents Article

It turns out that all the pandemic films I’ve watched, all the books I’ve read have missed the mark. One of the great challenges of a pandemic turns out to be wrestling with boredom. Yes, there’s a mental health part of it – we’re social creatures not designed to live in separate little caves – but mostly my kids and I are daily facing the question of “now what?” I’m perhaps the luckiest of all four of us because I…

Read More

5 Effective Strategies for Parenting During a Pandemic – Parents Article

Social distancing has increased parenting responsibilities and limited parents’ self-care resources, creating more stress and anxiety in many households. To cope with the sudden changes in routine brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, parents must adopt new parenting strategies designed to balance their needs with the needs of their children. Parents must also learn how to step into new roles, as they’re now serving as educators in addition to being caregivers – often while simultaneously working from home. If not…

Read More

Debunking 5 Common Myths About Bullying – Parents Article

In recent years, the rise of cyber bullying has drawn attention to the many diverse forms bullying can take. At the same time, however, parents and teachers remain under-informed about many aspects of this harmful behaviour pattern. Not only does this make it more difficult to understand the trauma many children and teens endure, it limits our ability to give them helpful advice. This post is a follow-up to my post on preventing bullying published last year.Understanding Bullying: What It…

Read More

The Trouble With Boredom or How to Help the Under-Engaged Child – Parents Article

With schools and extra-curriculum activities being completely shut down to prevent the spread of coronavirus, our children are locked at home and have to go through major adjustments. While talking to parents, I learned that most of them quickly gave up on screen time restrictions as they don’t want to hear constant complaints from their children about how bored they are. Yet, boredom is rarely caused by a lack of things to do.Have you ever wondered why some children can…

Read More

How To Help Your Daughter With Body Image Issues – Parents Article

Young women have always struggled with societal pressures where body image is concerned. For girls coming of age in the era of social media, however, this pressure has become substantially more intense and pervasive. Not only are girls today expected to grow up to be powerful, confident career women, they feel they have to compete with the heavily edited physiques of social media celebrities. The expectations placed on young women are, in short, completely unrealistic—but few girls realize this is…

Read More

How to Talk to Your Children About Coronavirus – Parents Article

With cases of coronavirus continuing to mount around the world, it’s all but impossible to shield kids from news that make them anxious. Though COVID-19 virus generally does not cause serious illness in children, that doesn’t stop kids from worrying about the implications of dealing with a frightening new disease. Kids can be exposed to misinformation about coronavirus, either on the playground or through social media, that makes COVID-19 seem more grave than it actually is. Children can also absorb…

Read More

A Progress Report & Update from GoFatherhood® – Single Dad, Parents Article

Seems like about five years ago, but back in August of 2019 I shared that my youngest daughter, K-, had decided to attend a private online high school, Laurel Springs, rather than return to her public high school in Longmont, Colorado. You can read about our collective thought process here: And So It Begins: Online High School. We’re now six months into the adventure and she’s mostly moved smoothly into her second semester, there’s one class that’s dragging her down:…

Read More

A Guide To Authoritative Parenting – Parents Article

            For decades, parents have argued over which approach to child-rearing works best: Should parents fill the role of strict disciplinarians, or should they allow their children to learn their own lessons freely? Does authoritarian parenting beget rebellion, or is it overly lenient parenting that really encourages children to act out uncontrollably?            If you’re caught in the middle of this debate and unsure how to proceed, you’ll be glad to know there’s a sensible middle-ground. Since the mid-1960s, one parenting…

Read More

8 Tips For Parents On How To Prevent Bullying In Middle School – Parents Article

            Though it may seem contradictory, the sudden increase in social awareness that middle schoolers experience makes them more prone to bullying. Children in this age group are so hyper-sensitive to social dynamics that they frequently become highly reactive, competitive, and critical. This isn’t a personality flaw; instead, it’s a sign that the brain’s limbic system is operating in overdrive. This causes teens to take uncalculated risks, aggressively seek social rewards, and experience emotions with particular intensity. It is, in…

Read More

How To Raise Compassionate Children In A Dangerous World – Parents Article

As most parents realize all too well, we’re living in violent times. From gang and terrorist activity to the prevalence of violence in video games and TV shows, everywhere we look today we’re confronted with aggression. Understandably, many parents find themselves worrying that it may not be possible to raise caring, compassionate children within such an environment.            While it’s true that, as a parent, you can’t protect your child from all of the negative influences he (or she) will encounter,…

Read More