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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.

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.

How Fear Affects Your Family Life

How Fear Affects Your Family Life

This week, Imagine Hope is honoring Halloween by discussing the different ways that (real) fear can have a negative impact on our lives.  

How does fear potentially impact our family system?

How Fear Affects Your Parenting

How Fear Affects Your Parenting

With Halloween right around the corner, we may be on a heightened alert of what scares us.  This week we are talking about fear and how it impacts our lives in various ways.  Parenting can often trigger fears in us that we did not even know existed!  I think most of us who are parents would agree that there are times when nothing can be scarier than being a parent!

Parenting Styles: Create Boundaries

Parenting Styles: Create Boundaries

This week we are talking about the importance of creating resiliency in our children.  One of the most important ways we can do this is by teaching out children about boundaries.  Children need structure and routine.  These provide kids with a sense of safety, security, and stability.  Providing your children with a supportive, nurturing and safe environment helps them thrive, but it also provides them with a solid foundation that can be drawn upon when dealing with life stressors.  

Parenting Styles: Allow Failure

Parenting Styles: Allow Failure

Yesterday we went over the characteristics of resilient children. Two of these characteristics are that a resilient child has learned how to problem solve and has been allowed to experience failure.

The Power of Failure

Failure can help a child (and an adult) develop an identity. Oftentimes we desire for children to have high self-esteem and see themselves in a good light. While this sentiment is well-intentioned, it can be misguided. Let me explain.

How to Protect Kids from Predators Part 3

How to Protect Kids from Predators  Part 3

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.

Child Abuse Part 1

What is Child Abuse?

It is a sad reality that child abuse happens in our world. Every day there are new reports of how someone has mistreated an innocent child. Whether you are a survivor of abuse or someone who is around kids, it is good to know some specifics about child abuse in order to help and/or prevent children from experiencing this horrible tragedy. This week we will be digging into types of abuse, warning signs of what to look for, the effects abuse has, and the risk factors of abuse. But for starters we need to look at a definition of child abuse so everyone understands what we are talking about.

Child maltreatment (according to the CDC) is defined as: "Any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher) that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child."

Acts of Commission or Child Abuse (according to the CDC) is: "Words or overt actions that cause harm, potential harm, or threat of harm to a child. Acts of commission are deliberate and intentional; however, harm to a child may or may not be the intended consequence. Intentionality only applies to the caregivers' acts-not the consequences of those acts. For example, a caregiver may intend to hit a child as punishment (i.e., hitting the child is not accidental or unintentional) but not intend to cause the child to have a concussion."

Acts of Omission or Child Neglect (according to the CDC) is:  "The failure to provide for a child's basic physical, emotional, or educational needs or to protect a child from harm or potential harm. Like acts of commission, harm to a child may or may not be the intended consequence."

Remember these definitions as you read the rest of the week. Thanks for reading!

Source: Centers For Disease Control (CDC) and Preventions website

Written by guest blogger Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Renewed Horizon Counseling. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling. You can find Teri at renewedhorizon.com

 

 

 

 

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