Parenting Resources

Tips for Parenting the "Only" Child

These children have the advantage of having undivided parental time, attention, and resources, but they can have a difficult time interacting with their peers and making friends as they have not had the practice at home of sharing, negotiating, and cooperating with siblings.

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Parenting the "Baby" of the Family

Lastborns are acutely aware that they are the youngest members in the family and know they are competing with their older siblings for attention. They quickly learn they can capture everyone’s attention by making others laugh, so they tend to be engaging and enjoy the company of others.

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Parenting Second Born Children and Middle Children

Second born children tend to “bounce off” the firstborn – or the child immediately ahead of them – often developing opposite traits of the firstborn. Middle children tend to be the most difficult to characterize, having contradictory personality traits.

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Tips for Parenting Firstborn Children

While parents of firstborns tend to be inexperienced and possibly anxious as they are parenting for the first time, these parents may also have more time to parent than when they have subsequent children--which consequently impacts how the child develops.

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How Birth Order Impacts Parenting

Although controversy still surrounds this topic, birth order can give us clues to a child’s development of intelligence and personality traits and help us parent appropriately.

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Guiding Your Teen Toward Healthy Friendships

The definition and perceptions of friendship are changing because of the pervasive use of social media, so your adolescent may need some guidance regarding healthy friendships.

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Helping Your Child Make Friends

The social skills necessary to develop friendships must be learned and reinforced in childhood to assure lifelong skills.

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Adolescents Need Parental Guidance to Understand Forgiveness

Your adolescent will especially benefit from your insight and encouragement as he learns to empathize with and forgive others

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Teaching Children to Forgive

A person’s ability to forgive others directly impacts their physical and emotional well being

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Adolescents Benefit from Quality Time with Dad

Adolescents who live with their fathers are less likely to experience high risk sexual activity, depression, violence, and are less likely to use drugs.

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