Your may remember... in about 8 years, cute elementary kid becomes young adults and that roller coaster ride can create problems in School, Peer & Social situations
What worked when you were growing up isn't effective or productive today. If you have already raised your kids but now face raising another generation, the skills needed for parenting in today's world have changed.
Kids are struggling with many more pressures and expectations just keep rising.
And they are not alone in their distress. When they are stressed, upset or angry, the entire family is effected. Then add that you're not their biological parents!
Grandparents are frequently parenting grandchildren but much too often it isn't working.
Our youth face such a different world than their parents experienced at the same ages. Their instant or constant access to entertainment, friends and social feedback floods them with opinions and ideas. This makes the process of discovering who they are as an individual a real challenge.
With each year, the pressures of life increase. Preteens and adolescents are developing significant relationships, exploring their sexual awareness, learning what they value and what is not acceptable to them. Meanwhile they receive constant feedback and implied judgment of every part of their life which creates stress and anxiety. Both can lead to significant emotional problems.
Many families no longer consist of the biological parents of the children in the home. Financial stress, relationships stress and work stress can lead to adults behaving badly - arguing, fighting, taking it out on everyone in the home and possibly using drugs or alcohol to try to cope.
Distracted and exhausted parents don't feel like parenting so guidance and instructions occur inconsistently if at all. The emotional triggers of yelling and belittling children all to frequently reaches abuse levels. Physical aggression of an out of control parent leaves emotional scars.
At some point, the kids start staying with their grandparents or other family members. It is a real emotional struggle to want to make things better but yet set appropriate boundaries. SAYING "NO" DOESN'T MEAN YOU DON'T LOVE THEM - IT MEANS YOU DO LOVE THEM ENOUGH TO SET BOUNDARIES.
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