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Author: host Created: 6/16/2008 2:46 PM
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Tips for safe and happy flying with kids.

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I'm frequently pondering, guessing, acting, second guessing, feeling guilty, apologizing...as is just about every other thinking parent I know.  And above all, I'm doing the best I know how while still being human; hoping that listening to them, hugging them, and praying for them will cover all my failures and lead to the success and happiness I so desperately want for them.

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The job market for teens is at an all-time low. But that doesn't mean jobs aren't out there--or that teens don't benefit from having one beyond the financial compensation.  If your teen wants a summer job, they should have started looking already.  If they haven't, then they need to really get moving now.  As with jobs for adults, in this economy you have to be very determined and contact a LOT of employers.

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I've been a long-time fan of chickens.  When I was a kid, we used to visit my Aunt's farm and I thought going out to her coop and taking eggs out from under a soft, warm, cooing hen was just about the coolest thing in the world.  When we were teens we kept hens for eggs for a year or so, and I loved that too.  Foghorn Leghorn?  Yup, I'm a fan!  Omlettes?  Yum!  Henny Penny?  Gotta love her. 

So after years of pining for some happy cluckers and farm fresh brown eggs, I recently decided to get hens.

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Sometimes, our kids are afraid to try something new.  It could be that they are afraid of failing, think they aren't interested, or are just plain lazy.  Sometimes I'll notice that they are declining to do something I think they'd really enjoy if they just gave it a chance.  That's where we, as parents, have to give the kids a metaphorical kick in the butt.

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So it gets down to the fact that while we feel we could provide a foster child with a safe, loving home, support, encouragement, positive discipline, etc. we are too overwhelmed by the system to feel we can care for the child, fulfil the requirements of the system, and continue to work and care for our own children (and protect them.)

And so, that is the end of our becoming foster parents, and least for now.  We are terribly disappointed.

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This past weekend, we had a moment of doubt as we thought of everything coming up this month related to foster care--and felt stressed about having such a busy schedule.  We wanted to make certain we would be able to handle this increased responsibility long term without feeling overwhelming stress or resentment towards the child.

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The kids are always asking, "Guess what?" or "Can I ask you something?" or "Do you know what happened?"  I really wish they'd just get to the point!

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I blogged last week about us considering foster care.  We filled out the contact form online and the nonprofit organization that the state contracts to run the system called us.  Today we had our interview.  It was very informative, and also a bit scary.

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I've recently discovered that my son has developed a sophisticated excuse and evasion maneuver that quite frequently gets him out of trouble when he should be in trouble.  The battle plan?  Call his bluff.

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