Shopping With Children

Written by Sylvia White

Is you weekly shopping trip withrepparttar kids an absolute chore ! or are you happy to take them along ?

Lots of moms don't have any choice inrepparttar 142599 matter, if they don't own a car it can be sheer agony waiting at bus stops then struggling on and off buses with kids and a pushchair.

Gone arerepparttar 142600 days when a helping hand was offered, and ifrepparttar 142601 bus is full, no gallant young man will jump up and offer his seat torepparttar 142602 harassed mom.

Next step isrepparttar 142603 supermarket, a haven of joy torepparttar 142604 youngsters. Low shelves full of goodies, long aisle, fantastic for kids to run up and down creating havock, evenrepparttar 142605 most obedient child can't resistrepparttar 142606 lure of this playground.

How often do you get home and find a few extras in your shopping bags that you hadn't noticed going throughrepparttar 142607 checkout, usually things that you might never use, or of courserepparttar 142608 odd bar of chocolate or packet of sweets. If you are on a budget this can be very annoying as many families have to count their pennies.

Have you noticed how many supermarkets have these automated bobrepparttar 142609 builder cars and other amusements for kids, its a tug of war most times to drag them away, usually crying because you can't affordrepparttar 142610 money it takes to let them go on.

Help My Preteen/Teenager is Driving Me Nuts!!!

Written by Kimberly Chastain

Help My Preteen/Teenager is Driving Me Nuts!!! By Kimberly Chastain , MS, LMFT

Do you feel like someone has abducted your sweet, innocent child and replaced them with a monster? Are you confused that somehow you have gone from knowing everything as a parent, to knowing absolutely nothing? Welcome to being a parent of a preteen/teenager. It is a brave new world. Being a preteen/teenager is difficult and being a parent of one is difficult as well. In this article, I will address just a few ofrepparttar many “normal” aspects of adolescence and how to survive as a parent.

I have been a therapist for over 18 years now and have seen hundreds of adolescents. If I had a dollar for every time a parent said to me, “If I talkedrepparttar 142510 way my kids talk to me when I was a child I wouldn’t be able to get offrepparttar 142511 floor.” I would be rich. Yes, talking back is normal. I also quickly add not acceptable. Our society through TV programs and in general does not show respect. Most sitcoms delight in makingrepparttar 142512 parents look like idiots, gone arerepparttar 142513 days ofrepparttar 142514 strong parents likerepparttar 142515 Cosby family. So, our society does not show respect and our children model that with us. Another normal aspect of preteen/teenagers is to think their parents know very little due to us growing up with dinosaurs or at least without VCRS much less DVD players, anyway. Most adolescents get all their information from their peers, who unfortunately don’t always give good advice. Acting like a “baby” one minute and an “adult”repparttar 142516 next is extremely common. It is an extremely confusing time for them. Part of them cravesrepparttar 142517 security andrepparttar 142518 easiness of childhood and another part “needs”repparttar 142519 freedom and independence of being adult (they often forgetrepparttar 142520 responsibility part). So, as a parent you are never really sure who you are talking to at any given moment. Do I haverepparttar 142521 “baby” who wants my support or am I talking torepparttar 142522 “adult” who wants to make his or her own decisions? We often pickrepparttar 142523 wrong one.

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