My son is 16. He is a kind, sensitive, hard working and funny; a man-boy. I love that he is beginning to go out into the world with curiosity, awareness (well as much as we could give him) and wonder. However, it has been a challenge at times! All children can be tricky to parent but, having taught many, many children, there can be a difference between boys and girls. Not always, but sometimes, they need different things just as first borns or the youngest may do too. I do believe in treating boys and girls the same but just sometimes they need a different approach. With this in mind, here are my top 5 tips for parenting boys.
Getting children to do what they’ve been asked can be totally infuriating! “She just won’t listen!” Or “I’m sure my son hears me but totally ignores me!” Being a parent is such a hard job at times but there are things that we can do, as parents, to help teach cooperation and here are my top tips. I hope they prove useful to you.
Children can be really annoying. As parents we have to deal with crazy shouting, arguing, children repeatedly doing stuff they shouldn’t be and it’s all enough to drive us crazy! Being patient is tough and we are bound to get frustrated and look to discipline our children when this happens. Actually, ignoring your child when they sit on the sofa whilst covered in mud or when they make the ‘oop’ noise for the thousandth time may be more effective.
‘I’m selfish, impatient and just a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” Marilyn Monroe.
It’s sometimes very tricky to be a patient parent isn’t it? It’s the hardest job in the world to keep calm when your child has broken a window, hasn’t slept all week or tipped pasta all over the floor! But no one ever said parenting would be easy and no one gives you a manual when your children are born. How can we be more patient as parents?
Every parent’s main desire is to have a healthy and happy child. An important part of that health and happiness is the child’s emotional intelligence, which allows them to deal with their own feelings, while understanding how other people feel. But, what can you do to help your child develop their emotional intelligence? Here are some ideas.
My youngest had his 16th birthday recently. I often ask, ‘where did those years go?’ but this is so true as I look at my baby who is almost a man. Here is some advice for you, my lovely son, who will always be that cheeky scallywag who got up to all sorts of mischief but always reeled us in with those baby blues.
The Facebook scandal was a few weeks ago now. Whatever your thoughts on this, it is clear that many, many people had their personal data shared (81 million in the latest press reports). I’m not at all surprised that data was shared as this is happening all the time even when we are shopping on the internet. Mr Zuckerberg has done his best to reassure us all and yes, some people will leave Facebook but let’s be real here, you can’t delete your online presence completely. Deleting your Facebook account won’t be enough to stop your data being stored or shared. I’m not saying what happened was right but Mr Zuckerberg has a greater challenge on his hands in my view; attracting younger users. According to my teenagers, Facebook is dead and it has nothing to do with this latest scandal.
I am a mum of two teenagers and they both think I’m stupid.
My daughter turns 18 this weekend.
HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? Time goes by so fast doesn’t it? Before you blink, they have changed from babies to school children. Before you turn around they are going OUT. It’s crazy how quickly this last 5 years have flown by. I mean it was 2010 last year wasn’t it??