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Does Your Child Have Real Heroes?

Posted: July 13, 2022

Not movie or comic book heroes.  I am talking real, breathing, talking heroes.  Ones that your child can talk with, interact with, and learn from.

If we don’t help our children find real heroes that are worth emulating, then they are going to find their own.  It’s just how things work.  If they find good ones, we are okay with it, but if they find bad ones, we call that negative peer pressure.  We hear things like, they got in with a bad crowd.

We can’t make our children follow heroes that we deem to be okay.  It sadly doesn’t work that way.  But as parents we can make sure our children are surrounded by the type of people, we would like our children to identify with, learn from and look up to.

Cyber-Bullying Is Your Child a Victim - Would You Know

Posted: June 24, 2022

Cyber-bullying uses technology to spread rumors, hateful messages, excessive teasing, or even disturbing digital photos (taken on camera phones). It's a dreadfully harmful form of bullying and can be debilitating for its victims. As adults, we can quite easily delete and ignore offending or disturbing email and text messages, but children and teens cannot do this as easily. Children and teens need acceptance and thrive on reputation, so even one harmful message can make them feel horrible about themselves (and it rarely just stops at one message).

Cyber-bullying adds another dimension to bullying because the offender can stay anonymous. Many times children and teens are more likely to do things through technology that they would never do in person. They often don't think past themselves, the computer, and the keyboard. What's even worse is they cannot see their victims, so they have no idea what kind of effect their messages are having on others. It makes it easier for them to continue bullying and to even take things too far.

There are many forms of cyber-bullying:

Dads Spending Time with their Children and Loving It

Posted: June 22, 2022

Dads and Pads!

Saturday Federal Way DADS got together with their kids to help them become better.

What a great event! All smiles. I think it is really a great thing when parents can get involved with their kid's training. Quality time spent doing something fun with the ones you love!

Children On Ritalin Is That the Answer?

Posted: June 22, 2022

Do you have a preschool-aged (or older) child who has ADHD or ADD? Many times, parents are encouraged to medicate their children to help alleviate the symptoms that can be causing them to have problems both at school and at home. If this is something you've been dealing with for a while, you may be at your wits end and willing to try just about anything to help your child handle his or her symptoms and relieve stress from their lives.

One of the most prescribed drugs is Ritalin. Doctors are even now prescribing it for preschoolers even though it has not been approved for children under the age of six. Studies have shown that the side effects of Ritalin are sometimes so great that parents stop treating their children with the drug. These symptoms include a slowing of growth and weight gain as well as insomnia.

The thing is, without the drug, many parents are at a loss as to what to do to help their children. There are alternatives, however. Some of the most common are changing the child's diet to eliminate additives such as artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners. Another alternative is to go through behavior training to give the parents and children tips and tools to help them all function better together.

Bullying Can Affect Your Whole Family - Talk to Your Child About Bullying

Posted: June 21, 2022

Bullying has become a serious problem and it doesn't just affect kids - it can actually affect the entire family. If your child is being bullied, his or her actions will quickly have an impact on everyone within the home. Likewise, if your child is a bully, the actions they take can affect the whole family. For this reason, one of the best bully prevention tips to follow is to talk to your child about this problem. Addressing the problem of bullies at home can help keep your child from becoming a bully or from being bullied by someone else. If you're not sure how to begin this conversation with your child, here are some helpful tips and ideas to follow to begin talking to your children about this important topic.

Spend Some Time

A talk about bullying with your child shouldn't be a hurried conversation. Make sure you have the time to spend time talking with your child and listening to what they have to say. Plan a time when you both can have a calm conversation that is helpful and focused.

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