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Article November 27, 2018 Making Imposter Syndrome Work For You
Turns out it’s easier to be a good parent than to feel like one. But it appears there are benefits to reasonable self-doubt, and some of the most impressive moms and dads know why. At any given moment we’re all fairly certain we’ll be found out—right? That the parenting police will finally reveal just how ...
Article November 26, 2018 FEARless
How fear can keep us from being happy parents and raising happy children—and the ways we’re managing to reclaim both. Shouldn’t we be happier now that we have kids? According to a growing number of sociological studies, we’re…ummm, we’re not. Wait, what? Don’t we tend to smugly compare ourselves to our childless friends and just ...
Article November 26, 2018 How Perfectly Imperfect People Fit Together in Our Home
If my ex-husband and I can remain close friends, maybe we can teach our boys to do likewise. My sons were in the midst of a typical sibling squabble when I finally voiced my version of every parent’s biggest anxiety. “Treat him better than this! He’ll be around when your dad and I are long gone.” ...
Article November 20, 2018 Inspiring Gratitude
The holidays are a perfect time to teach our kids the power of gratitude and its capacity to make us happier. We’re now in the midst of the gratitude season, the weeks between Thanksgiving and the holidays when so many gifts and kind acts are exchanged. What better time to boost our capacity for gratitude, ...
Article October 30, 2018 Healthy Halloween Hacks
OK, this really is a fun holiday—creative and family-friendly—but it also tests our limits on just how much junk we’re going to let our kids consume in the process. We’ve got your back with a couple of healthy hacks for you and yours. PRE-GAME TACTICS: • Let’s fill up our kids with a big healthy ...
Article October 30, 2018 Conversations: What Keeps You Up at Night as a Parent?
Parents gather in all kinds of communities to talk about things that matter most to them. Here we asked two moms and a dad what keeps them up at night as they think about their families. Jane: My kids, so far, are pretty confident and self-possessed, so my biggest fear isn’t that they’re heading toward ...
Article October 17, 2018 Which Kind of Helicopter Parent Are You?
Helicopter parenting has emerged as a prominent parenting style among the last two generations of parents. Often this parenting pattern comes from an enthusiasm to give our kids the best childhood possible. But with the constant swooping-in-to-save-the-day comes the risk of denying our kids the learning experiences they need to become well-adjusted, independent adults. And ...
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Article October 17, 2018 Proven Strategies To Help Your Kids Manage Fear
Helping our children manage their fears can be a complex task. And with every kid being different, no one strategy fits all. We put together this list of 10 strategies and 6 books to get your kids facing and conquering their fears: Strategies • Find examples of kids being brave in books or films and ...
Article October 17, 2018 Cultivating Grit
Parents can turn obstacles into opportunities by teaching their kids to trust them, and themselves, enough to do likewise. My mother taught me to look adversity straight in the eye and give it a wink—and it didn’t happen in a conversation, or through some elaborate plan devised to coach me in resilience. I learned to ...
Article October 17, 2018 Conversations: How Do You Handle Parenting Imposter Syndrome?
Parents gather in all kinds of communities to talk about things that matter most to them. Here, three moms discuss the widespread parenting anxiety of feeling like a fraud. Jessica I’ve heard people use the term “Imposter Syndrome” at work but when we use it for parenting, it seems to be more about pride vs ...
Article October 17, 2018 Grounding Our Inner Helicopter Parent
Our best parenting starts when we stop trying to control our kids and begin to control ourselves. An overabundance of enthusiasm: this is not the worst thing we could ever be accused of as parents. But we are…and in increasing numbers. Much of that zeal helps us become more involved and vigilant in our kids’ ...
Article October 17, 2018 The Great Pretender
Fake it ‘til you make it takes on new meaning when you become a parent. I first felt it on the day I headed down the hospital’s maternity corridor toward the newborns room: saturation-level imposter syndrome. In the two days prior, someone had always ceremoniously handed me my newborn while I lay below florescent lights ...
Article October 16, 2018 Being Brave Together
We all want fearless kids, right? Little people who can jump off high dives, check under their own beds for monsters, and brave their way through Halloween night. So how do we help them build up the resilience they’re going to need to do just that? Developing our kids’ internal compass Kara Fic leans on ...
Article October 15, 2018 Conversations: How have you helped children manage fear?
We reached out to a variety of people and asked them how they have helped children manager fear. Here are a few of their stories. What I learned was to always, always, keep my promises, because broken promises were the markers of their earlier life. Instinctively, I knew that my two foster children would handle ...
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