Tag: parenting

10 Practical Strategies to Have “Happy Holidays”

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by Monica Snyder, LMFT 

“Happy Holidays!” greet your friends, colleagues and even strangers while you are out and about. What does that conjure up for you? Some of us have high expectations for sparkling lights, presents, meaningful remembrances and happy times with families. Others of us, though, also anticipate stressful schedules, dread for unhappy gatherings or reminders of loss.

How can you actually plan to have happy holidays? Here are 10 practical ways to increase your chances of being happy this season.

  • Focus on God. God Himself commanded us in the Bible to celebrate feasts to rest from our daily chores, to focus on what He has done for us, and to teach our children to do the same. Focusing on God helps us keep a right perspective on the “reason for the season”.
  • Be thankful. Consider w ...

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    • Emotional Health
    • Family
    • Love and Relationships
    • Stress and Anxiety

    Tags:

    • emotional health
    • emotions
    • empowerment
    • holidays
    • love
    • love and relationships
    • parenting
    • relationships
    • wellness

A Mother’s Present of Presence

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by Tova Kreps, LCSW

“I can do it myself”, says the little girl as her mother patiently watches the slow shoe-tying. “I can handle myself at the party,” says the teenager as his mother silently prays and says, “Of course you can.”

When we mothers love our children, not helping them too much can be a challenge of personal discipline and an art of wisdom. If a mother helps too much, it communicates to the child that she doesn’t believe that he can do it himself. Hovering and constant “helping” from parents actually communicates to a child that he is incapable of the task at hand, discouraging him and lowering his self confidence. Like helping a butterfly out of its cocoon, helping too much not only tells a child that he is weak, it actually will make him weak and incapable. On the other hand, not helping a child and allowing chronic failure and a lack of guidance in the world she lives in, leaves her feeling ...

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  • Parenting

Tags:

  • healthy parenting
  • parenting

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