Monthly Archives: June 2011

“The Good Parent”: Challenging the Myths of Good Parenting

Concerning the topic of parenting, let me share with you a small truth that you probably won’t believe. You’re the expert on your child(ren). Yes, you really are! You were with them from the beginning, you recognize their cues, you know their diet, likes, and dislikes. You sense danger as well as thrill at first words, steps, smiles, and coos. Now does this mean that you know everything? Of course not. You shouldn’t be expected to. Parenting is NOT an art, it’s a process. It’s NOT something we master.Concerning the topic of parenting, let me share with you a small truth that you probably won’t believe. You’re the expert on your child(ren). Yes, you really are! You were with them from the beginning, you recognize their cues, you know their diet, likes, and dislikes. You sense danger as well as thrill at first words, steps, smiles, and coos. Now does this mean that you know everything? Of course not. You shouldn’t be expected to. Parenting is NOT an art, it’s a process. It’s NOT something we master.

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Collaborative Health Care: Don’t Get Left Out in the Cold

Human beings best exist and thrive in an environment of social support, enabling our system to maximize its potential. In fact, the human body was not engineered to be isolated for long periods of time. Just as flowers turn toward sunlight, so we seek after acceptance, validation, counsel, comfort, pleasure, and happiness by being in the presence of or connected with a larger network of people (e.g. families, friends, peers, organizations, denominations, etc.) Removing a person from his or her social support system is like removing a coal from the burning influence of others—it can sustain itself for a time, but it will always burn out. Isn’t it time we stop getting left out in the cold?

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Bullying at School: The Crisis and the Calming

Bullying is abuse! It is wrong and never justified! For between 10-30% of school-age children and adolescents, attending school can be a daily trauma as they anticipate another day of enduring the taunting and abuse of bullies. If you fear that your child is the target of a bully, act immediately, advocate for your child, and work toward putting a stop to the abuse.

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