Our Biggest Struggle

What would you say is your biggest struggle as a parent?

Many parents might point to TV and other media. Others might say peer pressure—and that is a big one. The wrong kinds of friends can do irreparable harm to our kids’ futures.

Still others might point to drugs or alcohol – especially if there’s a history of abuse.

These are all real concerns, but for most of us, our biggest struggle as parents is our own emotional inadequacies. We carry a lot of wounds and baggage from our childhood, and don’t always know how to handle problems when they occur.

That’s why it’s so important to read and research advice from those who have already been through what we’re in the midst of. There are lots of great resources on the market, if we’ll just take time to look.

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With all the research out about the harmful effects of drugs, you'd think teenagers would get the message. But the facts show otherwise.

What kind of memories do you have from your childhood? Do you recall feelings of warmth and love — or stress and chaos?

How you see yourself as an adult depends largely on how your parents saw you when you were young. That’s a good thing to keep in mind when it comes to our own kids.

Kids can quickly grow discouraged if attempts to make friends come up short. Encourage your child that it takes repeated attempts to connect with others, and that friendships are built through a number of shared experiences.

So, what is the true secret to happiness? In a word, it’s attitude.

There’s more to life than being efficient and productive. Especially when you have kids in the house.

It isn’t the major tragedies that tear so many marriages apart, it’s the unhealthy choices that couples make on a daily basis.

Would you be able to tell if you, or someone you loved, were an alcoholic?

How do you keep sanity in the family when life goes screaming by at a hundred miles an hour?

When was the last time you gave your marriage a "tune up?"

You wouldn't let your car go years without checking under the hood, so why not give your marriage the same attention?

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