Some children come by surprise, others are hoped and prayed for many months and years in advance, but all are blessings. As a parent, you probably feel so fortunate to have your children that it feels ungrateful to admit that they sometimes drive you crazy. Parenting is not for the weak, and if you’re not careful it can drain your energy and leave you feeling tired, anxious, and even depressed.
It’s virtually impossible to hide from the enormous amount of input that is coming into our lives and into our minds at any given moment these days. No longer is news and entertainment forced to live inside your television or radio, but now it streams directly to you in your pocket. As parents, you do your best to stay up to date on all the right parenting tips and trends to ensure that you’re giving your children the best life possible, but how do you know who to listen to? And how can you make it through without giving in to the stress?
Your children are out of school and will be for a few more weeks at least. For many families, this is a precious time to travel and make memories. Is your family getting the most out of your summer vacation? It’s important to note that summer vacation doesn’t have to require five-figure international trips.
Water, water, water! It’s hot as can be here in Florida, and there is no better way to keep your kids cool and active than to find fun new ways to play in the water. Some families have it easy with a swimming pool right in their own backyards, but others of us have to get a little more creative to find ways to keep our kids cooled off. Whether you’re entertaining your kids at home, or sending them to summer day camps, you’ll want to check out these summer parenting tips for three easy way to keep your kids cool this summer.
School is out for summer! It’s time to pack your bags and hit the road for your summer vacation. If you’re like many families, you’ve got plans for a road trip to visit a new part of the country and share all the sights and sounds with your children. While you’re gone you’ll inevitably fill your days with fun kid-friendly activities, but have you ever thought about making education a more central part of your summer vacation?
Over the last several years there has been a movement of people promoting minimalism as a way to cut down on clutter, save money, reduce anxiety, and more. There is a great deal of anecdotal evidence of the positive effects of minimalism on individuals and families. Some are even tempted to turn this technique toward the technology in their lives regain some free time and set a better example for their children.
It’s easier than ever to look around and be bombarded with the perfect families in your community that seem to swing through life with ease. The pressure to raise intelligent, well-adjusted, successful children can weigh greatly on families and steal their joy.
It’s a stressful world out there, and these days more than ever there is so much pressure on parents to raise the perfect kids, have the perfect job and keep a perfect home all the while keeping a relaxed smile on your face. And while there isn’t much we can do about pressures coming from the outside, we can work to create a relaxed and low-stress environment in our lives and in our homes. If all of this seems too overwhelming to you, here are some parenting tips that might help you.
These days there is no limit to the number of activities your kids can be involved in. You’re taking them from extracurriculars at school, to soccer practice in the afternoons, youth group at church, girl scouts, art classes, and even more. On one hand, the opportunity to introduce your children to a wide array of experiences can provide them powerful inspiration in their lives. On the other hand, each new hobby drives them farther away from the things that matter most.
Some children take to school very easily, while others need a little more support to enjoy their time in the classroom. If your child fits into the latter category there are plenty of ways you can support them and help make education fun. Check out the following three parenting tips to learn more.