Toddlers Are People TooWritten by Cori Sachais Swidorsky
It’s humorous and sad at same time that our child’s first word learned is usually “no”. I started to wonder myself if I knew any other word besides “no” when it came to talking to my child. I don’t recall ever hearing stories of children needing therapy because all they heard is no as a child. So let’s not feel so bad about having to say no a lot during those crucial curious years. Toddlers are mini adults in making, what a wonderful time to start molding them. Why not start teaching them about making choices and decisions? Instead of always saying “no”, maybe we need to explain to them consequences of their actions, or maybe let them do something you normally wouldn’t let them do. Of course as long as its nothing that could harm them or someone else. Instead of saying “no, don’t touch that candle”, what if we said “ that candle is very hot, you could burn yourself, you don’t want to hurt yourself do you”? What if you said yes to finger painting instead of worrying about them getting messy, isn’t that fun of finger painting to begin with?
Talk To Your TeenWritten by Cori Sachais Swidorsky
One of hardest parts of life is growing up. Teenagers are faced with decision-making, responsibility, and choices, everything adults have to face on a daily basis. Life gets overwhelming at times and we all need someone to depend on. Who better to depend on for support, then a parent?
I can remember when I was a teenager. I played sports, had a lot of friends, but I also felt depressed at times, experimented with alcohol, and struggled to keep my grades up. I had a hard time trusting people; I thought no one understood me. I often wonder how different my teen years would have been like if I was reached out to more. What if I was talked to and not at?
Communication is key in any relationship.