With the holiday season fast approaching, many families are making travel plans in order to spend time with their loved ones. Parents admit that traveling with young children can sometimes be an added stress to an already hectic season. However, it is possible to create a positive travel experience for the whole family. Whether you are planning a road trip or booking a flight, read up on these helpful travel tips shared by other families and our Parenting Educators.
There is no doubt that today’s children are growing up in a digital world. Cell phones, tablets, and televisions are easily accessible to people of all ages. Although technology definitely has its benefits, it can also have effects on the quality our relationships. When we are mesmerized by a screen, we can’t engage in meaningful conversations with the people around us.
There is no “one way” to achieve a healthy and secure attachment relationship with your child, but there are agreed on approaches and things to remember when you set out your parenting goals.
No matter how large or small your family may be, family rituals and routines are important. We know that young children crave routines in their daily lives; knowing what is going to happen next provides them with a sense of comfort and security. In the same way, participating in family traditions gives your child a sense of belonging and connection within your family.
All children have reasons for getting mad, from someone stealing their swing on the playground to having to leave a play date when they are having fun; anger is a natural reaction to a frustrating experience. As parents, we cannot prevent our children from ever encountering these circumstances, but we can help them learn how to cope and express these powerful feelings in a calmer fashion.
It’s important to learn how to deal with adversity in life, but it is just as important to learn how to create and sustain joy. Dr. Hallowell describes a cycle of five repeating steps that are childhood roots of adult happiness. He feels the five cycle program should not only go on in childhood but throughout all of life.