Being a parent is the most important job you will ever do. It’s a job that constantly calls on you to think, respond, juggle different needs, come up with new ideas, negotiate, listen, and heal past hurts. And much more! It’s also a job that doesn’t come with any training, little support, and no clear way to sift through the barrage of advice and information we get when we have a family. Here’s help.
What’s the most effective way to offer another parent your support and get some stress-relief for yourself at the same time, all without spending a dime? It’s a Listening Partnership and you can have one (or more!) for yourself starting right now.
Grandparents are Important! Grandparents are very important to families. Our value to our children and grandchildren is enormous. Your grandchildren love to spend time with you and your children are often grateful for the added attention, gifts, and resources you … Continue reading
(written in February 2002) We are in the midst of a challenging time, with the possibility of a new war looming. It’s a time to be listening and learning. This article will focus on the challenges of parenting during this … Continue reading
My daughter hates it when I’m sick. I try to maintain her routine as much as possible when I have a cold or a mild bug but this flu season really knocked me over. When I had a rough night … Continue reading
I remember vividly the day I stopped a half-second short of slamming my two-year-old into the wall. He had just hurt the baby, and not for the first time. I was livid. I was almost out of control. And after I … Continue reading
It’s probably safe to say that nearly every parent in the United States is time-poor. We need time to connect well with each child, time to tend relationships with our partners and our wider families, time to tend our households, … Continue reading
The situation for parents is growing more difficult in most countries of the world today, in spite of technological and material advances in the Western world. Capitalism and the ethic that supports it are encroaching on all the cultures of … Continue reading
A chapter from her forthcoming book, Taking Parenting Public: The Case for a New Social Movement (Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD). Reproduced with permission from the National Parenting Association. Ask parents and many of them will tell you they would … Continue reading