We have begun to discuss how real and prevalent trauma is in our society, particularly in the lives of our children. The impact of trauma—from a neuroscientific perspective—can often be like an emotional injury. One author calls it an emotional concussion, and the seriousness (impact) will be based on the nature of the trauma.
As we approach the serious topic of trauma, particularly in children, it is important that we are careful to define what trauma is. Often the term is used to encompass any difficult experience. Sometimes it is used in humor as when people tease each other about how they impact one another. To avoid any misunderstandings about how trauma […]
We have just experienced the 10th anniversary of 911. We have been moved by the individual stories of heroism, family and incredible unity that emerged through the catastrophic loss. I have been impressed by the wonderful expressions of support for the children, families and rescue professionals affected by 911. The tribute inspired us, but the tragedy still affects us.
One of the most difficult issues parents and caregivers face is when it feels like our children or teenagers have committed a serious offense. We may feel appalled at their behavior, that what they have done has significant impact. In our programs at Lakeside, we deal with teenagers who have had some really serious problems. […]
I am winding up our series on Effective Discipline, one of the most important topics we can talk about as parents. I hope that we have been able to share some new thoughts, principles and tools that will encourage you in your parenting responsibilities and to help our children to mature in a healthy, disciplined way.
While on a beach vacation, I was watching a dad and mom with their elementary-aged son and daughter. I remembered when my two sons were younger, but the scene also illustrated to me a great truth of healthy parenting as it relates to discipline—how important it is to take time for family fun.
In order to be effective discipliners of children, parents and caregivers should act in an executive capacity, which means that they should be embracing their role and responsibility of being in charge. A closer look at the Executive Role in parenting reveals what that entails.