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Engaging cooperation

As parents we have the task of getting our children to behave in ways that are acceptable to us and to society. Often this involves making them do what they don't want to do, or stopping them from doing what they want to do.


Disciplining elementary school child

It must be recognised that the elementary school child has reached an age of understanding. As such, parents should act as role-models in helping them to become socially acceptable. Children between the ages of seven to twelve are able to appreciate and evaluate values such as honesty, courtesy and fair-play. In fact they have an extremely sensitive reaction to what is fair and acceptable.


More on living with teenagers

In my conversations with parents of teenagers, I often hear remarks like "It's so stressful having a teenager at home," or "They drive me up the wall," or "They annoy me to no end," or "My son locks himself in the room and ignores my knocks on the door. What shall I do? Shall I just ignore him and let him be?


Marriage issues

In the Introduction to his book, "Solid Answers," Dr. James Dobson, a psychologist and popular author said this about marriage:


Sex education

Abstinence is not the "in" word nowadays. "Safe sex" is. The general thinking is that it is difficult, almost impossible to teach today's youth to abstain from pre-marital sex. Therefore the next best course of action is to teach "safe sex."


Living with a teenager

One day we will wake up and ask--where has my darling little son (or daughter) disappeared to? It seemed like only yesterday when we "ran" their lives.


Communication in marriage

Good communication is the cornerstone of a healthy marriage relationship. Unfortunately it is often the most troublesome aspect in a marriage. When a couple is courting they never seem to have any trouble talking to and understanding each other however many couples report that once they get married good communication is the first to go.


Cultivating good attitude

Remember the nursery rhyme about the little girl who had a little curl? It goes like this, "There was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. And when she was good, she was very very good, and when she was bad, she was horrid."


Mother-daughter relationships

Like all relationships, how we perceive ourselves as mothers or daughters is central to resolving problems related to the relationship. A basic understanding of the purpose and role of women in life is also important in a world that is fraught with gender issues. We need to see and understand who we really are and why we are here on earth.


Nature Vs nurture

Educators, sociologist and psychologists have debated this topic for decades with varying results. Most parents today are convinced that if they provide as many opportunities as possible for the child, they have done their duty and their children are destined to become “success stories”. But this may not be as simple as it seems.


 

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