Parenting Skills and Advice
Parenting Advice Archive
Sleepless Nights in Cyberland: Parenting in the Electronic Age
Solving Sibling Strife
5 Steps to a Calmer Evening
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall:
Unattainable Perfection for Both Mothers and Daughters
Parenting Skills and Advice: Family Dinner Activities
Mothers Shouldn't Try For Perfection - Perfection Creates an Impossible Ideal
Resources for Parents - Better Parenting Tips
Parenting Skills and Advice: The Best Insurance for Raising Safe and Happy Kids
Parenting Advice from Parents
Family Therapy and Parenting Advice
Summer Outing Check List
Does Discipline Really Change the Behavior of Children?
6 Tips for Asset Focused Parenting
Parenting Sklls and Advice: Five Key Trends in the Future of Parenting
Parenting Sklls and Advice: Teaching Kids Manners
New Holiday Traditons
Family Thanksgiving Activities
Parenting Skills: Raising Confident Sons Who Respect Others
Thanksgiving Family Opportunities for Caring
Parenting Skills and Advice: Breast Feeding Advice
Dealing with Kids "Monsters" and Nighttime Fears
Parenting Skills and Advice: Stress and Your Child --Seven Steps to Teach Kids Stress Management
How to Encourage Your Child Who is a Struggling Reader
Who is in Charge? Babies and Parenting Skills
Parenting Skills: 7 Parenting Tips for Dads to Help Daughter Have Higher Self Esteem
My School of Parenting from Families Online Magazine
National Take Our Daughters To Work® and Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day
Teach Kid Directions Geography
Do I have Available to My Daughter Every Minute? Ten Strategies to Nurturing Her Independence
Stress is anything we perceive as out of our control. I adopted this definition because it explains why we each stress over different issues: finances, traffic, health, work, weight, interruptions, family and friends.
However, in raising kids, we all feel out of control at times. Comedian Martin Mull quipped, “Parenting is like having a bowling alley in your head.” Sometimes we’re frazzled when we don’t understand our kid’s behavior or what’s normal. Often it’s because we second guess our own childrearing skills.
As an educator, working with thousands of young parents, and as a mom, I realize the stress, guilt, frustration and panic in raising kids today. But knowledge is power and the more we know, the more we’re able to respond as confident, competent parents.
To empower new parents with education and encouragement, I wrote Parenting Power in the Early Years (WinePress Publishing). From “Great Expectations” to toilet teaching to knowing if your child is ready for kindergarten, there are insights, answers and guidance.
To begin with, there’s no one right way to parent and every kid is different. You’re probably doing better than you think. But, when you’re feeling vexed, take heart and remember:
All kids can and do misbehave.
There are no perfect kids.
There are no perfect parents.
Physical affection is therapeutic; give and receive hugs.
See humor (somewhere) in the situation.
Take a break; exercise, listen to soothing music, read a chapter in a book, or enjoy a cup of coffee.
Talk to other adults to ease your frustration.
Wisdom is knowing what to overlook.
Practice self-care; eat right and sleep when your kids do.
Get your parenting power before your kids are in elementary school or older.
Albert Einstein said,"Sometimes what counts can't be counted, and what can be counted doesn't count." This applies to raising kids. As indicated in Parenting Power in the Early Years, real parenting power comes when you relax and enjoy your kids – the spontaneous free time with them counts! It’s giving children what they really need. Parenting is your brief opportunity to learn, laugh, love, and grow. And don’t fret over all the “right” clothes, toys, schools, or fads – they don’t count in the long haul.
©Copyright, 2010, Brenda Nixon.
"In her book, PARENTING POWER IN THE EARLY YEARS, Brenda Nixon offers refreshing encouragement you need to stay sane those first five years. As a national parenting speaker and columnist, she knows what the critical issues are in raising your child. She's condensed her most sought-after columns into one practical book that would make a great addition to any parent's bookshelf," says Heather Ivester, a mom and book reviewer.
Expectant and new parents, family educators, preschool teachers, childcare providers, and even grandparents find Nixon’s book a valuable resource in understanding child behavior and guidance. Grandparents especially like the list of age-appropriate gift ideas included in the
In January 2007, PARENTING POWER IN THE EARLY YEARS was featured on several blogs including the new PioneerParenting, and Nixon was interviewed on Childhood Temperaments with FOCUS ON THE FAMILY's “Weekend Magazine” syndicated radio program.
Nixon, a contributing author to 20 books including the best-selling Chicken Soup series, offers surprising humor, affirmation, motivation, and common sense advice much like a friendly neighbor. She also offers a free Daily Discipline Tip to subscribers through her website www.brendanixon.com.