Successful couples are savvy. They read books, attend seminars, browse Web articles and observe other successful couples. However, successful couples will tell you that they also learn by experience – trial and error.
Parenting through the teen years, especially when dealing with rebellion, requires both tenacity and persistence. There are times when the "war" takes place between the mother and daughter and with on-going battles between the two. Mothers need the extra ounce of energy to go that extra mile and fathers to provide that shoulder of support when these battles happen.
One of the first words in a child vocabulary is "NO"--usually accompanied by an emphatic shaking of head. From where did he learn this? Chances are he learned it from his parents. What makes us say "no" more readily than "yes"? One of the reasons is that we are concerned about the child's safety. By saying "no" we seek to mark out the boundaries to protect him from harm and danger.
In an age when premarital sex and living together is becoming more and more common-place and acceptable within the social norms, it isn't often that couples discuss the negative aspects of premarital sex.
The preschool child is very active and enjoys this period of their life tremendously. Parents who recognize this can similarly enjoy this period together with the rambunctious child! Even though they may not be verbally fluent, they understand and observe more than we usually give them credit for. Treating them as individuals with personalities of their own and recognizing and respecting their likes and dislikes is an initial step in establishing a bond of love and mutual respect.
In any marriage, there are ups and downs and there are times during fights when one party wishes he or she could just walk away from it all. Some resort to promise "never to fight" again or to simply take a walk in the park when arguments get too heated.