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Children are a gift and a blessing beyond measure...
However raising them can be a challenge which may lead to stress and family conflict.
Here are 5 suggestions to help avoid family conflict:
1. Do not bail your children out...allow them to fail.
2. Do not try to be your child's best friend in lieu of being their parent.
3. Do not be in denial by believing, "not MY child".
4. Do not back down on punishment.
5. Do not undermine your spouse.
Children are being raised in a very different culture than most parents today grew up in. They live in a world where they do not talk to people face to face, often have not learned any meaningful communication skills and are surrounded by constant entertainment. They experience instant gratification either through video, texting or on the computer. Drugs are more acceptable and accessible, sex is everywhere, respect has dwindled and children feel entitled. Additionally our pace of living has exploded. It is no surprise that many parents are experiencing frustration and disappointment with their children.
Parents need the confidence to raise their children in a way which will provide them with the best opportunity to thrive as adults. They can not enable them and must learn be comfortable setting boundaries and limitations even when their children rebel.
If you are struggling with your children, remember you are not alone and there are many ways we can work together to help you regain peace and harmony in your home.
My Christian Counsel LLC