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Overcoming the Pressures of Perfection
Perfection means not having any flaws but as humans, making mistakes no matter how small, is inevitable. Striving to embody perfection can trigger self-doubt and decrease self-esteem which can be major obstacles for moms in developing and nurturing relationships within and outside the home. There is power in being in control and guaranteeing that you can achieve the results that you want, but there is peace and happiness in just enjoying the process that is your motherhood journey.
Getting a Sense of Adolescence
When a child reaches adolescence, they begin to show signs of maturity, not just mentally but also physically and socially. They begin to develop the ability to think abstractly, become more concerned with complex topics such as philosophy, politics, and social issues, think long-term, set personal goals, and compare themselves with their peers. They may begin to struggle with independence and control, but you should not fight fire with fire. A recent study showed that an effective way to make teens open up more is not through talking back at them or reprimanding them – instead, by taking a more retrospective and understanding approach through attentive listening.
Staying Grounded by Being Present
As a couple begin their journey as husband and wife, they may find it easier to devote time and attention in responding to each other’s physical and emotional needs. However, as their world expands following the arrival of children and the responsibilities that come with building a family, it becomes more and more challenging for married couples to focus on each other. It may be a struggle, but it is one hurdle that they have to overcome to stay together. Practicing mindfulness is one of the many ways to make their relationship last for as long as they live.
Putting Emotion in Motion
Sharpening your EQ is vital in keeping peace within yourself and the home you have built. Here are some tips in building a solid foundation of emotional intelligence for your family.
Living a Father-Full Life
When fathers are being labelled as providers, they are not being measured just by how much money they earn, or the food they put on the table. Aside from being a source of things necessary for us to live each day in comfort, a father also gives the kind of love that fills his children’s hearts to the brim. With his knowledge and experience, he acts as a mentor that provides insights on navigating life’s many twists and turns; his strength allows him to protect his family from threats and risks; overall, his presence enables his children to live a wonderful – a father-full – life.
Friends for Keeps
It is only natural for parents to be supportive of friendships that promote their children’s growth and welfare. However, they should also be aware of other interactions that their kids may have outside the home, just to make sure that their children are establishing connections that would only be beneficial in their journey to become successful and well-mannered adults. Here are ways to help your children nurture friendships that enrich their lives.
Never Too Late for a Date
There is a notion that people go on dates to get to know their partner, using it as an opportunity to ascertain that the other person has the qualities that they are looking for in a spouse. But does dating lose its magic when a couple gets married? Studies show that dates actually do not just benefit men and women who are at the onset of a romantic relationship, but even those who are already deeply connected as husband and wife.
The Heart of Giving
Generosity is a beautiful value that can help make the world a better place. Small acts of kindness such as sharing food or donating used clothes can have a huge impact on their recipients. These actions not only satisfy the need for nourishment or protection from the elements, but inspire hope and faith in humanity. These become proof that life can get better, as long as there are individuals who are willing to extend a hand without expecting anything in return.
Having a Baby: A Catalyst, Not a Liability
Giving birth to a child is a life-changing moment for every new mom. Seeing the angel that they have carried within them for what may seem like forever in their arms gives way to feelings they didn’t think existed. The surge of emotions and the weight of the responsibility that comes with being a mother may prove to be overwhelming for many, but they shouldn’t give in to the pressures of this new role quite easily.
Small Actions, Big Impact
Developing micro-habits start in being conscious about how you behave around your kids. When you practice a behavior that you want your children to adapt repeatedly, it becomes a habit. But, you shouldn’t stop there. You need to be able to keep the habit up long enough for it to become a pattern. In doing so, it becomes an integral part of your parenting style, which makes it almost impossible to be broken.
Making Love Bloom Again
For the most part, the success of a marriage depends on how well a couple is able to take care of their relationship. It may have matured, but love, just like a tree that sprouted from a tiny seed, still needs proper nurturing to live and prosper. As such, it becomes vital for man and wife to dedicate time and effort in weeding out obstacles that get in the way of their happiness, so their garden of love will continue to flourish for years and years. Otherwise, the strong feelings that they have for each other may wither over time, with one of the primary causes being emotional neglect.
Strengthening the Knot
Marriage brings together two people who are united by love and commitment. As husband and wife, they pool together their strength to navigate a life they willingly chose to share. While perfection may be a myth, most couples still strive to make their marital life the best that it can be. Doing so, however, is not a piece of cake. There may be circumstances when solutions to life’s challenges won’t come as epiphanies that will greet you in the morning. And it’s okay – sometimes, it is worth looking at external elements that can strengthen the knot that binds you and your spouse, such as marriage enrichment programs.
The Compliment Element
Have you been speaking kindness lately? According to Michael Grose, a leading educator in Australia and parenting expert, one way to increase good feelings in the family is by raising the number of compliments given to kids at home. Here’s how you can do it:
Rise Up, Mom!
If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about working, it is a mom. From raising children to managing the affairs of the home, a mother is living proof of how strong women can be. However, just like any other person, they are bound to experience low points that can challenge the way they approach their daily tasks.
Stop, Listen, and Empathize
While we continue to see progress in the fight against the global pandemic, reports about the rise of new variants are beginning to make people feel uneasy once again. This can give rise to a new wave of anxiety, stress, and feelings of uncertainty that may not be sensed at first glance, but can be visible to those who have a strong connection towards the person who is burdened with these emotions. With some areas enforcing lockdown mandates, providing emotional support becomes crucial in preserving one’s well-being. For families, positive parenting through listening and empathy can be a great solution to combat negativity.
Is Love On (the) Line?
While online dating websites are known to break down geographical barriers and make it easier to meet people in person, there are those who are wary of using their services. Here are some of the things that you have to watch out for.
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It Takes a Family to Raise a Village
It’s easy to get lost in the daily grind. Typically, parents juggle working and managing the household, while children soak up knowledge and experience between home and school. As a family grows, coming together for some quality time gets more challenging. However, the options for a meaningful activity that can bring the family closer expands, as well. While playing games, travelling, and eating together is fun, there is an initiative that nourishes the soul while easing the burden of others — community service.
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