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The mistake that Sharon and I both made is we never set any boundaries.  (Ozzy Osbourne)

If it  was going to be easy to raise kids, it never would have started with something called "labour".

We should not medicate the boys so they fit the school; we should change the school to fit the boy. (Leonard Sax, M.D. Ph.D)

Some hope their children will be like sponges soaking up the truth and wisdom imparted by their parents. However appealing this philosophy might be, it seldom seems to catch on with their children.

Children do not develop on their own - they only develop within relationships.

Simple rules adhered to when children are young can prevent more serious problems later.

"The thing that impresses me most about North America is the way parents obey their children"    (King Edward VII , 1841-1910)

There has been an explosion in the prescribing of medication for very young children, particularly preschool and kindergarten boys (Juli Zito , Univ. of Maryland)

The teenage years require a delicate balance between the young person's need to gain independence, and the parent's need to retain authority.

It is what we say and do when we're angry that creates the very model our children will follow when dealing with their own frustrations.

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Not All Blended Families Look Like the Brady Bunch

 

Not all blended families look like the Brady Bunch – in fact not very many do ! The Brady Bunch was a TV sitcom (1969-1973) showing the blending of 2 families. Dad brought 3 boys and mom brought 3 girls into a new blended family. The first season depicted typical adjustments, accommodations and resentments inherent in blended families but in a humorous way with all issues being resolved in 1/2 hour. Later seasons focused on typical family issues such as sibling rivalry, puppy love, self-image, character building, responsibility and teen separation issues again resolving all problems in 1/2 hour. This TV blended family came to look like a natural nuclear family in a little over one year.

Real life blended families seldom follow this same script. Over the years I have been asked to assist numerous blended families adjust to their new reality. Below are some quotes from parents and children from some of those families:

  • “My husband (wife) doesn’t love my child”
  • “Your child doesn’t respect me”
  • “Why can’t my stepchild accept me?”
  • “Your not my mom (or dad). I don’t have to listen to you”
  • “I have more chores than your son does”
  • “Just because he doesn’t live here all the time doesn’t make that fair”
  • “I’m blamed for everything”
  • “She gets away with everything”
  • “You’re the one who wanted to put these two families together – not me”
  • “Why can’t you kids just get along”

If this sounds familiar to you, know that you are in the majority of families who are starting over after a marriage breakup. All family members are building a new lifestyle not necessarily as comfortable to them as the one they left behind. Your new spouse may not be a welcome addition for your children. They were probably not looking for another parent or more brothers and sisters. Compatibility of family personalities often seems an elusive dream for many blended families. It is a difficult task requiring a great deal of perseverance to develop the family feeling the marriage partners expected.

 

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  “Lick Your Kids” (figuratively not literally) (2 hours) First […]

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  A teenager’s brain is not just an adult brain […]

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+ Reading Rescue

A program for children with reading problems

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Many parents wonder what hit them when their sweet little baby turns into an unreasonable toddler – ideas for dealing with mealtime, bedtime, temper tanturms, toilet training, noncompliance, etc.

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