Most parents are trying as hard as they can

I worked in a large urban high school for 5 years. When I first started, I remember talking to my colleagues about student issues and hearing that it was not worthwhile to call the parent because "they don't care about their kids." I always thought this was weird and found it hard to believe. How [...]

Discussing Obesity With Kids

Discussing obesity with kids is important whether or not your child is overweight. The reasons might be obvious if you have a child that is struggling with their weight. However, if all of your children are slim and healthy, you might be wondering why you need to talk to them about something like obesity. The [...]

Preventing Age Discrimination Among Children

As children get older, they are exposed to different kinds of people. If we want to share our belief system with them, we must influence them first at home. Children who are left without guidance from their family are often misled by other people. We should be our child’s first teacher about life. Some subjects, like [...]

Getting Kids to Respect Animals

Every family has its unique value system, and this is something that parents have to pass down to their children. You can’t wait and let the public school system provide answers to your child’s questions because those values may not agree with your own. Parents have the responsibility to start when their children are young [...]

Talking to Your Teenager About Binge Drinking

Alcohol can cause many dangerous situations for your child. Studies show that children who drink are more likely to be a victim of a violent crime. They have a higher chance of being involved in an auto-related traffic accident, and often suffer drastically in school. As a parent, you have a better chance impacting your [...]

Parents have more influence than they might realize to prevent substance use

Adolescence is a time when many children may consider experimenting with alcohol or drugs. New research shows parents can reduce that risk by maintaining a healthy and open relationship with their children.   Thomas Schofield, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State University, says [...]

Discussing Marijuana Legalization With Kids and Teens

Being a parent has never been easy but it is probably more difficult today than it ever has been in the past. As a parent, you are required to talk with your children about things that are difficult for most adults to have a conversation about. This makes you wonder how you will ever talk [...]