The years between the first time you see your precious little one after birth and the day they leave home are both endless and short. Before you know it, the tiny human you once held in your arms and stared at in awe is forging their own path under their own roof.
Married parents have the advantage of having each other when their children leave home. They have someone who understands their feelings and is right there in the middle of it with them. But what about us single parents?
We might think we’re prepared for the empty nest, especially…
Most likely, you won’t change the world in a month, but you can create new habits that put you on the road to making a difference in your world.
Most people can drop or create a habit within 30 days. The only item you need is commitment. Do you have what it takes?
This list will provide you with a few ideas. Put your creative thinking cap on, and you’ll develop a few of your own ideas for challenges that will make a positive difference in your life.
1. Try a new recipe. Let’s face it. You have the same…
Positive parenting has helped many families to achieve greater harmony, and this approach may be especially important for parents raising a child with ADHD.
A recent study confirms that cutting back on yelling and spanking can lead to biological changes that make it easier for a child to regulate their emotions and behavior.
Researchers at Ohio State University studied family relations among preschool children with ADHD and their parents. They found that parents who received as little as 10 to 20 weeks of coaching showed significant improvement in positive parenting skills.
As harsh interactions decreased, their children demonstrated less abnormal…
I remember my last breakup pretty clearly, even though it was a few years ago now. I’d always been the kind of woman who said I would never, ever color my hair crazy colors. But there I stood, a few days after the split, with a new tattoo on my forearm and a box of green hair color in one hand and a box of purple in the other.
I chose the green.
And it was fun and exciting to change my hair. …
In an ideal world, our home is a place of peace away from the hectic outside world. Unfortunately, ideal worlds don’t exist!
But even if ideal worlds don’t exist, your home can still be a place of peace. You can make it a sanctuary away from the stress and struggle of life.
In order to make your home a sanctuary, you have to put in a little effort, but thankfully, it’s easier than you think.
1. Clear the Clutter. Many people never feel at ease when they’re at home because their home is disorganized. Of course, a cluttered environment leads…
I have pretty severe stage fright. The idea of being the center of attention, even if not on an actual stage, terrifies me. I don’t even like to be the focus of attention in a small group of friends.
Yet, if I wanted to follow my dream of being a writer or my other dream of being a meditation teacher, I had to find a way past that fear. Both required me to be willing to be center-stage in order to either do my job or convince people to hire me.
Fear and self-doubt can be crippling. It’s not easy…
Unless your parents had a great relationship and made a point of teaching you the tricks of the trade, you’ve had to go it alone. And let’s be real, most of our parents, regardless of the strength of their relationship, didn’t make it a point to teach us about healthy relationships. It just wasn’t something they thought to teach us.
And while sex education in school covers things like condoms and STIs, it doesn’t exactly prepare us for solid, lasting relationships. So what happens? We wing it.
However, just “winging it” isn’t always the most effective way to learn something…
In the Western world, we like to do things on our own. Who needs help? Anyone that wants to thrive requires support.
Getting support doesn’t make you weak, helpless, or any other negative connotation you might try to give it. Getting support actually just means you know when your own resources aren’t enough.
Support can come in many forms. You can have emotional support, logistical support, health support, organizational support, and so on. Consider the types of support you need today and in the future and put them into place.
Having support increases your possibilities in life:
1. Look at…
Whether it’s while you work, after school, or for a date, everyone leaves their kids with a babysitter at some point. And whether it’s the first time with any babysitter at all, or just the first time with a new babysitter, it’s important to make sure things go well.
Getting your kids off to a great start with a new babysitter will keep them happy and improve your peace of mind when you need to be away from home. And it ensures that you get to keep a great babysitter for when you need one. …
Parents desperately crave peace and calm. But finding the time to engage in the mindfulness and meditation that can satisfy that craving isn’t always easy.
Finding time to meditate can hold you back from beginning your practice. Maybe you try to carve out time, but doctor appointments and business trips get in the way. You can’t find a free hour to sit down.
Luckily, you don’t need an hour. You don’t even need half an hour.
While extended meditation has its benefits, you can also boost your mindfulness with brief breaks of a few minutes or less. …