ParentFurther Blog


By: Dr. Gene Roehlkepartain

Setting expectations for our kids is an ongoing challenge for parents. On the one hand, it’s easy to communicate what we expect. Yet that doesn't necessarily go far enough.

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When you’re an involved, engaged parent, you can sometimes be accused of crossing the line—of being a “helicopter” or “lawn mower” parent. Yet, involved parents are very different than these other two types of parents. Lately, I’ve learned the differences between these types of parents. Here’s a breakdown for you:

Yes, everyone is busy. Yes, a lot of activities are vying for top priority. Yes,school is underway and extracurricular activities are either in full swing or are about to gear up. But since eating healthy matters to us, we’re trying to make some easy, small, positive changes.

With school back in session, parents are cheering, gulping, and scurrying. On one hand, I’m relieved to get back into a school routine with my kids, but on the other hand, I’m wondering how they’re going to do this year while trying to keep on top of the long to-do list.

“Too often we underestimate the power of touch—a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring—all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”—Leo Buscaglia, American author

Whenever I ask parents how responsible their child is, I hear interesting sound effects: hysterical laughter, deep groans, or long sighs accompanied by eye-ball rolling. I have yet to meet a single parent who is satisfied with how responsible their child is.

What are your kids learning from you? As parents, we hope they’re picking up good habits and learning how to be caring, principled people. Yet, no parent is perfect.

Back-to-school time is here! Are you shortcutting your sleep—and the sleep that your kids need? Discover why you should start off on the right foot by sleeping (a lot) this school year.

Whenever I talk to kindergarten teachers and early childhood educators, many are concerned about the widening gap between children who are ready to enter kindergarten—and those who are already severely behind. Something is wrong with this picture! Shouldn’t all kids be ready to succeed in kindergarten?

Most schools have a standard set of requirements for student immunizations, vision, and hearing tests, but lately there has been a growing trend of parents who are refusing to give kids’ all their immunizations—which puts everyone at risk. Are we being swayed by medical myths instead of medical facts?

When I first became a parent, I enjoyed reading books by people who were honest about parenting. These books said parenting wasn’t as easy as it looked, and that sometimes it was downright hard and frustrating. Some studies say that parents can’t be happy because parenting is such hard work. Take an honest look within; what do you see?