Not a day goes by when I don’t have a question about some aspect of parenting. Parenting is a hard gig, isn’t it? Just when you think you know all there is to know about toddlers, your toddler becomes a preschooler. And bam you are back to square one. What worked with your toddler may not work so well now that your child is older.
With every developmental stage, parents are faced with challenges. Some are easy to handle, others leave you scratching your head. ParentThink.com is an online monthly newsletter. Each month Parent Think focuses on some aspect of the parent-child relationship. Each month, a new topic is tackled using research and cutting edge science, as well as helpful tips from the therapeutic and child development world. Each issue has one main article, and a list of tips, a funny story, or a quote.
Audrey Sarn, the founder of Parent Think and a mother, has her masters in child psychology and applied community psychology. A former child and family therapist, Sarn created Parent Think as a way to provide helpful and valuable information to parents and caregivers. According to the author, the goal of Parent Think is to explore parenting issues in a “more personal and provacative manner.”
This month’s focus is on teen honesty and rule following. As with other topics, parents are given solid advice for fostering a strong relationship with their teen. Parent Think advises that parents who keep the lines of communication open with their teens are likely to foster a home environment where teens will be open to talking. Parents should explain the house rules to their teen, so that everyone is on the same page. While enforcing rules, parents should support a teen’s need for autonomy by allowing teens to make some decisions on their own.
Past issues of ParentThink.com have covered topics as varied as:
- the “Mommy Brain”
- coaching your kids so that you can do less
- teenagers and their issues
- the language of love repairing your relationship with your child
- sleep — and dealing with a lack of sleep
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