The Shoulds and Shouldn’ts of Parenting

The Shoulds and Shouldn’ts of Parenting

How many times have you said the word “shouldn’t” when it comes to your teenager? He shouldn’t be so lazy.  She shouldn’t be so messy. He shouldn’t waste time watching t.v. on a school night.  She shouldn’t use her phone for hours.  Before we realize it, we’re admonishing our kids for doing things that they “shouldn’t”, for acting in ways that they “shouldn’t”, for being who they “shouldn’t” be.  Our expectations of who our children should be aren’t matching up to the reality of who they are.  They aren’t fitting into the mold that we’ve created for them.  And subconsciously we see them as dough that we can and should mold, whereas they see themselves as individuals with their own hopes and dreams.  By continually comparing them to our vision of who we think they should be, we set them up for failure, inhibit our ability to interact with them positively and empathetically, and create a home environment fertile to friction and tension.  At times our relationship with our kids can seem like a turbulent roller coaster that’s hard to jump off of.  If you’re the parent of a teenager, this is probably a roller coaster that you’re familiar with. If you're looking to jump off that roller coaster, this is the post for you.  

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An Update on Concussions in Youth Soccer

An Update on Concussions in Youth Soccer

This week, the U.S. Soccer Federation released a statement regarding concerns related to concussions in youth soccer. According to the statement, a “sweeping youth soccer initiative” has been developed to address the concerns of concussions in youth soccer. Although the detailed initiative will be released in the next month, keep reading for a summary of the initiative. 

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The Nation’s Report Card

The Nation’s Report Card

The results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (which is considered to be the Nation’s Report Card) came out this month and the results are mixed at best.  I’ve summarized the results so that they can be reviewed quickly if you’re so inclined.  I’ll warn you, though. If you have children, you may find these results to be somewhat sobering.  

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A Link Between Eating Meat and the C-Word

A Link Between Eating Meat and the C-Word

Today, the World Health Organization released the findings of a large review of more than 800 studies, and they found that the consumption of red meat or processed meats was associated with increased risk of cancer in people.  More specifically, they found that the consumption of red meat was probably carcinogenic to humans, and the consumption of processed meats was carcinogenic to humans.  Want more details? Keep reading. 

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