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Children and Family Articles

Children and Family Articles

By Cassandra George Sturges MA, MA, Psy. D

Children and Family

If you are a left brain parent you run a pretty tight ship. Kate Gosselin would be the poster mom for left brain parenting. Your children go to bed on time, wake up on time, and every aspect of their day is predictable. You don’t do well when unexpected events occur that throw you off of your schedules because to a left brain parent—time, order, and structure are the key neurological pathways of which their brain processes data.

Right Brain Parenting Characteristics

Right brain parents tend to be artistic, spontaneous, and unstable. Many right brain parents lack the organizational skills to give their children the proper amount of discipline, daily routines, and planning that children need to feel a sense of security and stability. Right brain parents are very good at telling their children how much they love them throughout the day and they are typically big kids at heart who love to play and have fun with their children.

Medicating Children

Many children are acting out psychological frustrations that they can not or are unable to communicate to adults. No exercise, poor diet and no control ever their environment must be channeled into some type of emotional behaviors. The easiest thing for most parents or primary caregivers to do is to have their child’s doctor prescribe a “magic pill” for the child to eliminate the parent’s psychological headache that rids them from accountability and responsibility from putting forth real, heart-and-soul, down-to-earth efforts that are required to raise their children. Many parents today can not imagine what parents did 10, 15, 20 years ago before the era of Ritalin.

Virginity Pledge for Abstinence Programs

If you are contemplating having sexual intercourse, make a pledge to yourself that before you sexually connect with another human being, you will have a strong sense of who you are and what you believe in. If you are still a virgin, before losing your virginity use the pledge below as guide. If you are a mother, or any woman who is contact with a young woman you may share the virginity pledge as communication tool that makes it easier to discuss sex. Telling young people to just say no to sex, does not give them a much needed psychological tool or cognitive foundation of when it is okay to say yes, and if yes, under what circumstances.

How to Raise Confident Successful Children

What do Beethoven, Thomas Edison, and Sigmund Freud have in common with Tiger Woods, Oprah Winfrey, Venus and Serena Williams and Dr. Benjamin Carson? You guessed it! Excellent parents. Quality parenting has nothing to do with whether or not a child is raised in a two-parent or single-parent home; what matters the most is the parent's ability to instill in their child an impervious sense of self-worth, self-respect and self-love.

Parenting Tips for College Students

Here are tips that can help you accomplish your educational goal. These tips allowed me to complete two master degrees and a doctorate while maintaining most of my sanity. WARNING: This is not going to be an easy task. Most days, you will be exhausted, on the verge of break down and wanting to give up. Undoubtedly, you will cry yourself to sleep some nights. But if you are passionate about getting an education, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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