EMILY EDLYNN, PHD, THE ART & SCIENCE OF MOM
truth in parenting
Tearing your hair out over lack of sleep, daycare decisions, homework enforcement, or what to do with the toddler tantrum? Want to feel better about your own tantrum as you try and manage it all? Read my Truth in Parenting blog for some evidence-based reassurance (The Art and Science of . . . ), my own True Mom Confessions, and some psychologist expertise (The Dr. Is In). Not sure where to start? Try here.
Holidays is only one lens through which to see ways we may grieve what we though parenthood would be -- who we thought we would be as a mother. It is more lighthearted and fun to talk about fairies and elves than some other ways we feel a sense of loss through our parenting journeys.
There is a largely unrecognized emotional labor of parenting. In my definition, this includes tuning into emotions underlying our children’s behaviors, restraining our own emotions in order to more effectively respond to theirs, and getting ahead of potential emotional landmines by taking action.
Since I am either a very slow learner or a stubborn optimist, every Friday I have high hopes for weekends of leisure and making great memories.
So what does it take as parents to raise our children to not only authentically care about the world outside of themselves, but also feel empowered to act on it? I share what scientists know about empathy, and common-sense ways we can nurture our children to translate that empathy into action.
The constant stream of headlines about the dangers of social media adds stress to our baseline anxiety about parenting adolescents. No matter the generation, era, or state of technology, adolescence is a phase of huge growth and change that can be emotionally tumultuous for kids and parents alike. It also happens to be a risky time for mental health problems to show up, because of the stress of this time of life, genetic predispositions kicking in, or the combination.
The careful and artful application of behavior plans can accomplish even more than making our lives easier. It helps teach our children to master important skills for life, building their confidence that they can in fact do something that seemed difficult or overwhelming.