When couples marry and decide to have children, they’re sometimes surprised to find their partner has very different ideas on how to raise and discipline their children. How we choose to parent usually comes from how our own parents behaved towards us. We often want to do the same thing, or in some cases, the complete opposite.
How to respond when the wants of parents and children differ is one of The Big Questions of parenting. Things usually go well when parents and kids want the same things—problems start when they don’t!
Although many children are resilient, they may feel trapped by the ravages of divorce. Long term emotional scarring of children can be avoided if divorced parents work to rebuild their relationship with their children.
As parents, we focus a significant deal of attention with our children on school work and social activities. We spend far less time teaching, coaching, and encouraging our children to be sensitive, caring and concerned about the needs of others.
Children are not usually amenable to being lectured, given moral injunctions, or being coerced into handling responsibilities. A critical issue with parenting is creating a sense of involvement. In this era, a parent must have established a positive relationship with a child before being able to promote understanding of the responsibilities the child must accomplish. A style of relating based upon mutual respect, encouragement and coaching is essential. Parents need to listen to their children and give them feedback about different ways of viewing problems and issues.
For young Americans, the “food landscape” in television advertising is packed with junk food, according to a new study. The study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the first to explore the nutritional composition of foods advertised to children using Nutrition Facts labeling.
For many first year college students, it will be the first time they’ve been 100% responsible for their personal finances. As a result, many college students will fail to budget and manage their money properly, and may experience for the first time what it’s like to run out of money.
Knowledge is an expensive business. Every year, schools are faced with the dilemma of either using out-of-date and worn textbooks, or dipping into their budget and purchasing new and expensive ones. A similar scenario exists for college students. Just as schools are pinched for money, poor college students wrestle with purchasing either a used, older edition textbook, or spending two to three times more on a brand new updated edition.