ParentFurther Blog


By: Becky Post

If you have a child in an out-of-school-time sport or club, you may have been recruited to coach or lead that activity.

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By: Steve Palmer

One of the most important skills we can teach our kids is empathy. Empathy is the ability to see and value what another person is feeling or experiencing. When we see someone in pain and feel that response in our own gut, that’s empathy. When we see someone crying tears of joy at an important reunion and notice ourselves choking up, that’s empathy. When we see someone struggling with a problem and feel an emotional pull to help, that’s empathy. It’s a core skill for what psychologists call “pro-social” behavior – the actions that are involved in building close relationships, maintaining friendships, and developing strong communities. It appears to be the central reality necessary for developing a conscience, as well. Read more >

By: Guest Blogger, Stephen R. Sroka, Ph.D., President, Health Education Consultants

Today, we are better prepared to deal with and prevent school violence than we were in the days of Columbine, but there still is no guarantee that it will not happen in your school. What there are, however, are intelligent alternatives to reduce the risks. Read more >

By: Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner

The title of the post misleads: A personal value, which responsibility is, can’t actually be taught like long division or the periodic table. It can be nurtured and instilled, but certainly not engrained simply through exposure; this is one of the “letting go” lessons of parenting. Read more >

By: Guest Blogger, Raquel Masco

We are thrilled to be featuring a guest post from our Twitter friend, who also happens to be an inspiring single mom and entrepreneur. As CEO and Co-Founder of a non-profit that supports and empowers single moms to act as change makers in their own communities, Raquel Masco knows all about balancing family time with a busy schedule. We asked Raquel to share with us, her tips for making quality time count despite life's hundreds of little (and big) demands. Get Raquel's tips! >

By: Marie Williams

Are you a single parent who is ready to start dating again? Or maybe you’re a dating parent who’s not quite sure about how to break the news to your kids, or how to introduce your new partner to your kids. Consider these tips:
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By: Marie Williams

This Black History Month, I will be taking full advantage of the opportunity to teach my daughter not only about where we came from, but the reasons we will never go back…Read more >

By: Susan Ragsdale

There’s a new holiday on the horizon—Valentine’s Day! While stores around us try to focus our attention on roses, chocolates, cards and potential dinner dates, I want to suggest that families focus on the “heart” of the holiday by reflecting on how love is expressed in the home. Read more >

By: Marie Williams
Today, more than ever before--and at earlier ages than ever before--our kids are consistently receiving information about romance, dating, and sex from multiple sources besides parents. Television, the Internet, and peers can all contribute to ideas about sex that may be inaccurate or incomplete. And today's reality is that the traditional view of "The Talk" assumes that young people are almost completely ignorant about sex and sexuality. Well, they aren’t. But parents need not panic! Remember that you know your kid better than anyone. No one can tell you with any certainty what’s best for you to say, or decide the right time for you to say it. Here are some essential guidelines to help you start thinking about the conversation. Read more >

By: Ann Saylor

When cabin fever starts to kick in, it’s time to get creative! Here are some fun ways to make indoor memories with your family when it’s cold outside. Get tips >

By: Vicki Bohling

Every family has strengths, but some families also have weaknesses. Research has shown that adults raised in dysfunctional families frequently report difficulties forming and maintaining intimate relationships, maintaining positive self-esteem, and trusting others; they fear a loss of control, and deny their feelings and reality. It’s true—our early influences can leave behind deep grooves—both good and bad— that we tend to carry around for the rest of our lives. Dysfunction can be a difficult cycle to break, but it is possible. In my work with families, I refer to this process as “pioneer parenting”. For all pioneers who have been the first to enter new territory, the road is often long and bumpy, but the destination points can be incredibly rewarding and the legacy is definitely priceless. Learn more >