The Mother Freakin' (Parent) Hood

This blog was first created and published in February 2014. Here you will find discussions about self-advocacy, how to teach our children to cope with peer pressure, concerns facing families with teens, and how younger students can develop skills that will help them deal with bullying.  

It's important to engage in frequent dialogue with your pre-teens and teenagers.  Make sure they know you are a resource for them.  

Conversations about the following topics need to happen way earlier than many parents realize.  Consult with your pediatrician when questions arise.  Your children will see how you collaborate with other resources to arrive at answers to questions and solutions to concerns.

Hot Topics for Advocacy and Discussions 

Sexuality/Personal Health
Pregnancy/STD Protection
Puberty and What to Expect
Self Awareness/Advocacy 
School Relationships
Personal Safety
Availability of Resources/Where to find them
Dealing with Peer Pressure
Communication Skills
Problem Solving/Self Care
Coping Skills/Dealing with Anger and Frustrations
How to safely de-escalate a situation
Tackling learning skills in/out of a classroom
Making adaptations of environments/expectations
and so much more....

It is critical that all of us work together to educate, empower, and encourage children to protect, advocate, and respect themselves.

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1 comment:

  1. My son is still just a toddler but this post gives me something to think about in terms of what I want to stress to my son and things to keep in mind for the future! Also, the title is hilarious!!


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I have over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Development Birth-Age 5 including work in classrooms and as an Infant/Toddler Program Manager.  I have several writing projects in progress including a resource book for parents of infants and infant room teachers in a full day child development (school) program.  The book will provide families with information about what to expect and how to monitor their child's progress in an Infant room.  My second book project involves how to cope with family challenges, lessons in forgiveness, dealing with a spouse's addiction, and reinventing yourself along the way.  I am excited about all of these projects and am currently accepting comments regarding experiences my readers have had placing their child into a full day child care program.  I would also like to hear from Infant room teachers.