There is an old idiom that has been attributed to the 14th-century English poet Chaucer, “Idle hands are the devil’s tools.” The implication is that when there is nothing to do, people will get into trouble. This seems to be particularly true with children and adolescents, yet the reality is that many parents have no […]
How Can I Stop My Teen From Sleeping In?
After a much less regulated schedule during a period of online learning in which kids could essentially attend classes in their pajamas and then go back to sleep, being in person means that they have to get up and be ready to go to school on time. This may be more difficult for some due […]
Should I Coach My Kid’s Team?
Your child wants to play a sport. There is a need for a coach. You have the time, you have the dedication, and perhaps the skills or even passion for doing this. However, particularly the older kids get, there are fewer pros and more cons to being involved in their activities. Before jumping in with […]
How Much Privacy Is Too Much for Teens?
A parent-child relationship should be based on mutual trust. Part of that relationship includes your teen trusting you to honor their privacy and allowing them to have increased privacy as they mature and demonstrate greater responsibility. However, you may ask yourself, is there a limit to your child’s privacy when you suspect dangerous or unhealthy […]
Is My Child the Source of My Happiness?
Most parents will say that there is nothing more rewarding in the world than being a parent, although it may depend on which day you ask them. The miracle of watching them grow and develop at every step of the way and become their own person is unlike any other experience. Too often, however, parents […]