FROM THE OFFICE OF ROBERT L. EWING, INC.
Happy Parenting! There are many ways to raise happy, well-adjusted kids, but science has a few tips for making sure they turn out okay: 1. Joking with your toddler helps set them up for social success. When parents joke and pretend, it gives young kids the tools to think creatively, make friends and manage stress. 2. Parents who express negative emotions toward their infants or handle them roughly are likely to find themselves with aggressive kindergartners. Behavioral aggression at age 5 is linked to aggression later in life, even toward future romantic partners. So if you find yourself in a cycle of angry parent, angry baby, angrier parent, try to break free. 3. Research suggests that self-compassion is a very important life skill, helping people stay resilient in the face of challenges. Self-compassion is made up of mindfulness, the ability to manage thoughts and emotions without being carried away or repressing them, common humanity, or empathy with the suffering of others, and self-kindness, a recognition of your own suffering and a commitment to solving the problem. 4. When the kids fly the nest, research suggests it’s best to let them go. College freshmen with hovering, interfering “helicopter” parents are more likely to be anxious, self-conscious and less open to new experiences than their counterparts with more relaxed moms and dads. 5. Parents who suffer from marital instability, such as contemplating divorce, may set their infants up for sleep troubles in toddlerhood, according to research published in May 2011 in the journal Child Development. The study found that a troubled marriage when a baby is 9 months old contributes to trouble sleeping when the child is 18 months of age. 6. If you suspect you might be depressed, get help – for your own sake and your child’s. Research suggests that depressed moms struggle with parenting and even show muted responses to their babies’ cries compared with healthy moms. 7. A close relationship with their mothers can help keep boys from acting out, according to a 2010 study. A warm, attached relationship with mom seems important in preventing behavior problems in sons, even more so than in girls, the research found. 8. Teens who talk back to their parents may be exasperating, but their argumentativeness is linked to a stronger rejection of peer pressure outside the home. 9. Nobody’s perfect, so don’t torture yourself with an impossibly high bar for parenting success. 10. Everyone thinks they know the best way to raise a child. But it turns out that parenting is not one-size-fits-all. Infinite Blessings! (Opt-in to receive our monthly health topic News by sending an email, subject line: “enews”. Or Alerts with details of specials & events for locals: “ealerts”.)
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