Parenting

Blessings From Our Fathers by Natalie Chandler

Blessings From Our Fathers by Natalie Chandler

Because Sunday is Father's Day we are writing about how our Fathers blessed us. Truly, I was so blessed with such an amazing Dad that it was difficult to pick one thing. He taught me about my Faith, how to work hard and serve others, and how to love unconditionally. But many times my mind goes back to the memories we shared. 

How Can Parents Cope with Difficult Behaviors? Part 4

How Can Parents Cope with Difficult Behaviors? Part 4

As we have been discussing parenting a difficult child, we encourage you to keep in mind that parenting isn't just about teaching your child how to "behave"-- It's also showing them love by teaching them how to navigate their world and learn more about themselves.  Today we will complete the series on strategies for coping with difficult behaviors in kids.

How Can Parents Cope with Difficult Behaviors? Part 3

How Can Parents Cope with Difficult Behaviors? Part 3

I can say from experience, parenting is the biggest blessing in life and the biggest challenge. I have never felt so proud and inadequate in all my life! Any suggestions I can get are always welcome. I hope you have felt the same way this week as we have discussed strategies to help with difficult behaviors. Here are some more suggestions of things to do.

How Can Parents Cope With Difficult Behavior? Part 2

How Can Parents Cope With Difficult Behavior? Part 2

Parenting is hard enough, but throw in difficult behaviors, and ugh, watch out! All my respect goes out to parents, I really don't know of a harder job. Here are some suggestions this week for coping with difficult behaviors:

How Can Parents Cope with Difficult Behaviors? Part 1

How Can Parents Cope with Difficult Behaviors? Part 1

Let's face it- Parenting is HARD work! It keeps you on your toes from minute to minute. Once you think you have mastered one challenge, everything changes and a new one appears. The way parents handle difficult behaviors can have a big impact on who a child develops into. It's important to keep their self-esteem intact, while involving them in the process of modifying their behavior.

Characteristics of a Healthy Mother Part 4

Characteristics of a Healthy Mother Part 4

I think as a society in general, we tend to focus on what we are doing "wrong" as parents. I love what we are doing this week as we focus on what a healthy Mom looks like vs. what we are all doing wrong. Today we are going to focus on discipline. Discipline is about Teaching, not just Punishment When we think of discipline we often think of punishment. But the actual word "disciple" comes from the word "discipline" because it is about teaching.

Characteristics of a Healthy Mother Part 2

Characteristics of a Healthy Mother Part 2

Characteristic #2: A Healthy Mother Doesn't Pick Favorites & Knows They Need to Love Their Children Differently

Mother's know each of their children are separate individuals, each with their own separate emotional needs, talents and abilities. While your first-born may have been a very special and unique and separate experience from your third or fourth-born, a healthy mother does not show favoritism toward any of her children.

Talking to Kids about Good Touch/Bad Touch and the Internet

Talking to Kids about Good Touch/Bad Touch and the Internet

This week's blog is such an important topic. If you the parent are aware and better informed, then you can pass on this information to your children as well. Here are two more tips on how to protect your kids from predators:

  • Explain how predators work on the internet. Tell your kids to never give out their personal information (name, address, phone number, school, friends names, etc...) without your approval first.

How Do I Protect My Kid from Predators?

How Do I Protect My Kid from Predators?

As a parent, one of my main concerns is my child's safety. Part of my job is to be the "safety patrol" and teach them how to catch on to what is safe and what is risky behavior. As school is ending and summer break gets into full gear, we thought it would be good to remind you of helpful tips to protect your kids, whether it is in the yard, at the park, or on the computer.

Impact on Kids with Failure to Launch

Impact on Kids with Failure to Launch

I was at a conference when I heard a well known and respected Psychologist, Henry Cloud, tell a wonderful story. It was about a couple he had counseled. They were sick and tired of their 21 year-old son living with them. He didn't contribute financially or with any of the household chores. They wanted to know how they could fix their son's problem. Henry looked at them and said, "Your son doesn't have a problem. He has it made. YOU all have a problem!" 

What is the Cost Involved with Failure to Launch with Our Kids?

What is the Cost Involved with Failure to Launch with Our Kids?

When children return back home in their 20's and 30's, this can create some uncomfortable moments for parents. Finances is one such area that can become very uncomfortable.

One reason children move back home is for their own financial reasons. Somehow they're struggling financially on their own, and they land on mom and/or dad's doorstep.

What Is Failure to Launch?

What Is Failure to Launch?

Have you ever heard a friend or family member complain about their adult child still living in their basement?  This phenomenon is called “Failure to Launch”.  This week at Imagine Hope we will be discussing what failure to launch is, the impacts and consequences, and how to address it should you find your adult children still living with you.

Protect Your Kids During Divorce by Staying Consistent

Protect Your Kids During Divorce by Staying Consistent

Divorce takes a child's normal and flips it upside down. There is more research today available about the impact of divorce on kids than when my parents divorced when I was 10. "Helping Your kids Cope With Divorce the Sandcastles Way" is THE best resource I have found for parents as they navigate their way through parenting after divorce.