Parenting Single, But Never Alone!

Parenting Single, But Never Alone! The next time you think you have it tough as a parent, just give some thought to our single parents. As a result of divorce, abandonment, a spouse’s death, or an unplanned pregnancy, single parents are living in a situation that they did not choose. Men and (largely) women find themselves in the unexpected position of being single parents, and yet, they take on this [...]

By |2018-08-10T20:29:06-07:00August 30th, 2018|Parenting, Resources|0 Comments

Is My Child On Track for High School Success?

Is My Child On Track for High School Success? This assessment is divided into five separate question areas.  Each area represents a cluster of skills that are essential for academic and career preparation and success. If the answer to an individual question is in the affirmative, please place a tick in the adjacent box. Your Child: Academic Skills: Metacognition: Social-Emotional Development: Self-advocacy: Executive Function: Please note that the scores indicated [...]

By |2018-08-10T20:26:03-07:00August 28th, 2018|Education, Parenting, Resources|0 Comments

Nature Deficit Disorder

Nature Deficit Disorder In his book, Last Child In the Woods, author Richard Louv coined the phrase Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD). This is not an actual medical diagnosis. What Louv does say is that today’s children suffer from too little exposure to nature. He argues that being exposed to nature is essential for any child’s development, and that we now have a second generation of children for whom the natural [...]

By |2018-08-10T20:20:42-07:00August 28th, 2018|Parenting, Parenting Lessons|0 Comments

In Praise of the Good-Enough Parent

In Praise of the Good-Enough Parent If you emotionally or physically abuse your child, you are absolutely not behaving as a good parent and person. Otherwise, there is no such thing as a perfect parent- we all are great at times; at times, we fall short of the mark. Let us, instead, give praise to the good-enough parent. The good-enough parent is the vast majority of us. We try, we [...]

By |2018-08-10T20:15:45-07:00August 26th, 2018|Parenting, Parenting Lessons|0 Comments

How Much Quality Time Should You Spend With Your Child?

How Much Quality Time Should You Spend With Your Child? This is a phrase I really do not like.  I first heard it in the 1990s, and I disliked it then. Today, I am still not a fan, Let’s ask your boss for her opinion. How many hours a day does she believe constitutes real quality work by you for the organization that employs you? Your employer is likely to [...]

By |2018-08-10T20:08:18-07:00August 24th, 2018|Parenting, Parenting Lessons|0 Comments

Graduation-Now What?

Graduation-Now What? "Another turning point A fork stuck in the road Time grabs you by the wrist Directs you where to go So make the best of this test And don't ask why It's not a question But a lesson learned in time It's something unpredictable But in the end it's right I hope you had the time of your life" Green Day - Time Of Your Life Entering the [...]

By |2018-08-10T20:01:53-07:00August 22nd, 2018|Education, Parenting, Resources|0 Comments

Girls Have A Problem; Boys Are A Problem

Girls Have A Problem; Boys Are A Problem In a previous blog, we outlined the challenges that face our boys at this time in history. We could, of course, discuss the relationships between the sexes until we are blue in the face. However, as we look to the status of the genders in Western society, in what is almost the start of the second decade of the 21st century, it [...]

By |2018-08-31T17:46:06-07:00August 20th, 2018|Temperament|0 Comments

When Children Turn Into Cats

This is an article I have used with parents of teenage children for many years.  I share it now with you to assure you that, eventually, things will improve-hang in there!!  In the meantime, we are here at Confident Parenting to help parents coach their children to success. When Children Turn Into Cats ADAIR LARA Published 4:00 am, Thursday, March, 1996 I JUST REALIZED THAT while children are dogs, loyal [...]

By |2018-08-10T19:53:24-07:00August 18th, 2018|Parenting, Resources|0 Comments

Children Are Dogs

Children Are Dogs Let me clarify: children are like dogs. My daughter appeared one day with a white Siberian husky that proceeded to upend our lives.   He was in the third day of life with us when he made a dash for freedom, running off and getting hit by a car. After a $2,000 donation to our new best friend, the vet, he limped back to us, forever to [...]

Am I a Permissive Parent?

Am I a Permissive Parent? About twenty years ago, I had a client mom that I really liked.   She was a single mom of an adoptive daughter, a little older than her peers, very rich, and a very permissive parent. She did not set out to be a permissive parent, but parenting on her own, and with no support group of relatives or friends, she quickly fell into the [...]