It’s that time of year again. Now that you are back in school, thinking about all the classes you’ve signed up for and what your schedule looks like, and feeling stressed about upcoming exams this semester, your phone vibrates. You’ve just received a Facebook notification that shows a group of your friends at a party you were not invited to. Your heart drops...
Who killed summer vacation? That’s the million dollar question - literally. We’ve all seen it. Most of us have even been this person at one point or another: You know, the one who sits poolside at a resort glued to their smartphone or laptop, and whose entire holiday itinerary revolves around whether or not WiFi will be readily available.
Teens versus school dress codes—should they be able to dress however they choose? Teenagers express themselves through clothing and blogs. A teenage girl causes controversy amongst parents when told to "cover up" by her school and responds with a three-page letter citing hyper-sexualization of women and sexist dress codes at school.
Have you ever felt that fluttering feeling in your stomach? The kind that rises up into your chest and makes your heart race and even though you couldn’t possibly have any idea why you’re feeling that way, all you know is that the decision you’re about to make feels either very right or extremely wrong? We all do, and as parents we need to get back in touch with it.
Although school-based bullying in children and youth has achieved much attention over the years, adults bully all the time and in surprising places. Universities, hospitals, schools, corporations, and even the police force are all settings where the real, common, and shockingly increasing problem of workplace bullying is occurring.
Less than 200 years ago, women were faced with fighting for their fundamental civil rights. The right to vote, attend university, a pension, play contact sports, earn minimum wage, the list goes on. Today, despite being the closest we have ever been to equality in North American history, women are now fighting an entirely different battle against a silent killer: stress.
Tigertown is a pushing, demanding, and stifling workplace. The hours are long, and the management is predatory, the employees are solitary, there is little community – definitely no mentors, and no time for fun or collegial bonding. Tigertown is an incubator for an insidiously growing problem - workplace bullying.
I did not say these words proudly. I said them with a pang of guilt for the hectic life I had created for my family. A life with “activities” that I had nothing to do with as a child myself. As the fifth child of immigrant parents, I was never in a single structured activity – ever.
Millions admire him, yet Justin Bieber’s lifestyle is not a set of circumstances an average child or teenager can relate to. He is living in a world where the lines of morality and law are distorted by the fact that his negative actions carry minimal consequences. Bieber may not have access to the essential building blocks of a healthy mindset.
Good parenting is the best coaching. Teach your kids that losing is temporary and a natural part of life! It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you handle the outcome of the game. Turning Brazil’s loss into a teachable moment for kids.
As the youngest of five children in a “non-privileged” immigrant family, everything I owned was a hand-me-down, so I learned to be grateful for non-material other things: a loving family, sincere friendships, inspiring siblings, helpful mentors, and connection to my community. This taught me how to count my blessings rather than add up my problems.
With all the hustle and bustle of my family’s everyday lives, we collectively look forward to our summer vacations together.Exposure to diverse cultures, picturesque scenery, fun activities and people can teach kid’s valuable life lessons and broaden their horizons…sometimes without them even knowing it.
If one believes in cultural stereotypes, my birth should have been a day of mourning. I was the fourth girl born to traditional Indian parents. And because I was an overachieving student who started medical school at the age of 19, one may also assume that my immigrant parents were pushing, hovering tiger parents. Neither of these are true.
The tiger parent is an authoritarian parent, taking over their child's sense of internal control and self-motivation. The jellyfish parent is a permissive parent. They tend to lack impulse control. The dolphin parent is the balance of these two extremes and are authoritative in nature. Like the body of the dolphin, they are firm yet flexible. What kind of parent are you?
I just accomplished my childhood dream of becoming an author, but my mom will not be able to read my book. You see my mom never went to school – not even grade 1 so she can’t read well. She didn’t read any parenting books or blogs, she simply parented me with what she felt in her gut was right for her kids and family. How did she do it? The Dolphin Way.
After 14 years of bold, larger than life Steve Ballmer, Microsoft announced their new CEO—modest, understated 46-year-old Satiya Nadella. Quoted as being an icon of the new style of 21st century leadership, there are a few things kids and parents could learn from the new leader of the Microsoft Empire.
Of course, no one should judge what someone else wants to do with their own body, but I have seen far too many young girls suffer physically, mentally, and financially under the knife of plastic surgery to get the ideal "Barbie look" and later regret it. I say let's stop being bossed around by Barbie telling us how to look and act.
Only innovators with twenty-first-century thinking can solve our twenty-first-century problems—but they have to be healthy enough and care enough to actually do so. If ever there was a time to come together and educate your children the important of their individual impacts and effects on the environment – it’s now.
As children try new things, make mistakes, and fail, they learn that not everything works out on the first or even the tenth time. Mistakes allow children an opportunity to stop and assess what they’re doing, and to consider what they can change in order to succeed next time. Children who understand that failure is a necessary step towards success perform better.
There are not many things parents feel more conflicted about than the issue of technology.
There is no doubt that technologies like the Internet and iPads are all around us and are here to stay. And like anything, there are many drawbacks and benefits of technology use.