Terrible Twos, Terrible Teens/Dr. Bill Gallagher, DC

Written by Joan Bramsch

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Such isrepparttar plight of a two-year old, or was that a teenager? The only real differences are braces and acne.

Both have to learn how to maneuver in a body that is growing faster than they are. Both have so much to learn. At two, it is counting to ten; as a teen, it is algebra and calculus. For each, it is just as much of a challenge. Both need to explore their ever expanding world. At two, that is rarely out of a parent's sight; for a teen,repparttar 102033 limits drop asrepparttar 102034 whole world is opened up. Decisions and responsibilities expand too, from learning hot and cold, to more complex issues of life and interpersonal relationships.

Then there is communication. At two,repparttar 102035 vocabulary may be limited but it is quite sufficient to convey one's basic needs. With practice, single word commands expand into three word sentences that make it easier to deal with parents and others. Teens are no different. They have more words, but need to develop a greater command ofrepparttar 102036 language in order to get their more complex ideas across to others.

Both go throughrepparttar 102037 frustration of all these issues and of not being understood and, when that boils over, there is little difference between a tantrum onrepparttar 102038 living room floor and stomping off to your bedroom and slammingrepparttar 102039 door. The lessons are basicallyrepparttar 102040 same, onlyrepparttar 102041 scale changes.

Oddly enough,repparttar 102042 lesson here is probably best given torepparttar 102043 parents or those teens who will be parents: The "Terrible Twos" are not really that terrible, especially once you get past them and, for that matter, neither are those teenage years. Just remember that both are growing and need to be understood. You, no doubt, recall being a teenager yourself more than you do having been two. As a parent, you haverepparttar 102044 advantage of seeing both stages in your child. The moral of this story is they are no different than a one-year old who learned how to walk. No matter how many times they fell they got back up and tried again because you were there to support them. Dr Bill Gallagher isrepparttar 102045 director of Run Drugs Out of Town Run, Inc. http://rundrugsoutoftownrun.org

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10 Things I Learned About Divorce/Vicki Lansky

Written by Joan Bramsch

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7. Divorce, unlike marriage, is FOREVER when there are kids.

Unless you really wish to lose your position as a parent (which is THE hardest on kids), you will have family occasions, graduations, shared holidays, christenings, weddings and funerals that will continually bring you together overrepparttar years. Those knots in your stomach at shared public events, especially inrepparttar 102032 beginning, are known only to others who have been through divorce. No one else has a clue. Approaching your ex first with a friendly word at such events puts everyone else at ease and is a worthwhile practice. And with practice, and some history, you may find those stomach knots actually loosening. Mortal enemies have been known to actually become friends, sometimes good friends, and many find they can be kind of comfortable "cousins."

8. If you don't hate your exiting spouse when you first separate, you will within three months to three years.

It's next to impossible to skip this one, though it always seems to come as a surprise. Why, I'm not sure. Now you both have different agendas and no way will your priorities (usually money concerns or kid issues) berepparttar 102033 same as your ex's. It's okay, and sometimes even important, to be angry with your ex (for a certain amount of time -- not forever), but it's not okay to share or show that anger with your children or in front of your children. Not easy, but for their mental health, their need for a safe haven and their need to love both parents, you've got to keep these volatile feelings to yourself -- or limit them to your therapist or support group.

9. The day your ex remarries is really painful.

The only thing worse than hearing from a third party that your ex is remarrying, is actually hearingrepparttar 102034 news from your ex. Obviously this is a no-win situation. No matter how glad you are that your ex is your ex, you'd never take him/her back, and you're thankful you're divorced, it's still a painful time. It's that last nail inrepparttar 102035 coffin of what was once your marriage, and your hopes and your dreams. If you know anyone whose ex is getting remarried, don't let them spend that day alone. And if you know your ex is getting remarried, don't spend it by yourself, unless you really enjoy digging a dark hole and crawling into it. (Obviouslyrepparttar 102036 kids will be attendingrepparttar 102037 wedding and unsure of how to be of comfort to or deal withrepparttar 102038 other parent.)

10. After all this, know that there is still such a thing as a good divorce.

Yes, you read that line correctly. Now this is not to be confused with divorce is good, but there are ways of turning this lemon into lemonade. Read up on how to do it. There are lots of books to help you -- I've written one. Making peace with life's changes is good for you, for your kids, and for your life. Divorce is notrepparttar 102039 path to be recommended easily, but it's not a terminal illness, or a contagious disease either.

I did not come up withrepparttar 102040 term "good divorce." I'll credit that to Constance Ahrons, author ofrepparttar 102041 book "The Good Divorce." "A good divorce," she says, "is not an oxymoron.

Astonishingly, in my studies I found halfrepparttar 102042 divorcing couples we interviewed had civilized, and many amicable, relations with each other.

Another surprise was that almost everybody wished to be on better terms with his or her ex, evenrepparttar 102043 ones who had bad relationships.

I'm tired ofrepparttar 102044 doomsday reports andrepparttar 102045 label ofrepparttar 102046 'broken home.' We have been so inundated with negative stories of divorce, that men and women need to hearrepparttar 102047 message that they can make their families work better, minimize stress, and not feel like total failures. In a good divorce, a family with children remains a family -- one that is sufficiently cooperative to permit kinship bonds to continue.

Perhaps if we begin to revise our expectations of what divorce means, all parents who divorce can do so with civility and respect."


Vicki Lansky's practical, common sense approach to parenting and household management is familiar to thousands throughoutrepparttar 102048 world. Her books, audiotapes, newsletter, media appearances, magazine and newspaper articles and reviews, make her one of America's most popular and visible parenting figures. According to one parenting newspaper, "If you have young children and you don't use Vicki Lansky's books as a reference, you are working too hard!"

Visit her website at http://www.practicalparenting.com

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