September 02, 2022
top trending topics
📱Talking to your teen about sexting might seem awkward, but it’s necessary.
💛 Here are some tips to help you encourage & build up your insecure teen.(& a few things NOT to do!)
👍 Keep the peace through divorce & co-parent your kids as a team.
🚫 Set firm boundaries with (& stop paying for🤑) your reliant adult children.
👨👩👧👦 Shake the routine- Try new ways to meet your families needs & treat them well.
tips & tricks for growth
create some comfort in your life
It’s a challenge for many to find relief or comfort from stress, anxiety, and uncertainty, yet we desperately need to. Many folks are great at creating comforting moments for others, but when it comes to being intentional about creating comfort in their world, well, not so much.
You can be intentional, even in times of extreme stress, about building soothing moments into your day that allow you to escape. If you’re thinking you just can’t afford to do that, here’s hoping you will reconsider. You really can’t afford not to. We all need moments that allow for a break in the action to hit the refresh button. It’s good for us, and it’s good for the people around us.
Ways to create some comfort in your life:
- Make a list of all the things you love that make you happy.
Do some of those things daily.
- Indulge in your favorite comfort meal.
You know, all the stuff you would typically say, “I shouldn’t be eating this…” Eat that and savor every second of it guilt-free.
- Take time out for a walk.
Make a point of looking up at the sky, watching the trees, and looking for wildlife. Pay attention to your breathing. Avoid thinking about things that are stressful in your life at the moment. Literally, take a break.
Watch a funny show or talk to that friend who always makes you laugh.
- Listen to soothing music, read a book or magazine, work on a puzzle, or on your hobby.
Doing something that distracts you from the day’s stress and anxiety can be relaxing and bring comfort.
grandparents undermining you? here’s what you can do
The first thing to know is that you’re not alone. In a national poll asking parents of children ages 0-18 about parenting disagreements with grandparents, conducted by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, a vast majority of the families (89%) reported their kids saw a grandparent often or occasionally. And, out of those families, 43% said they had either minor or major disagreements with the grandparents about parenting choices: either the grandparents were too lenient, too tough, or both. That’s a significant number.
The most common disagreements included: issues of discipline (at #1), meals and snacks, TV and screen time, manners, and matters of health and safety—all very important parenting issues. Sound familiar?
No matter what your situation, there are some tactics you can use to handle parenting disagreements with the grandparents. Disagreements as to how to treat the grandkids is often multifaceted and complex. But we’ve got the breakdown here.👇
what we’re lovin’
This week’s picks come from John Daum, husband of 28 years to his wife Monica, a dad of 5, and a Content Creator here at First Things First. Take a peek at his recommendations for this week because they are just THAT GOOD. Check ’em out 👀:
💛 The website for Harvard University’s Making Caring Common project is a great resource for parents.
🌎Want to explore the world with your kids? GeoGuesser 2! (Apple & Google Play) The GeoGuesser plunks you down somewhere in the world via Google Street View. Guess where and get points.
📚Check out Amy Morin’s excellent book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do.
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