Posted by on May, 8, 2014 in Parenting, Personal Development, WEI

Avoiding Extreme Parenting This may sound like a sport but it’s actually a trap that many of us fall into when we become parents. For some, it’s an accident quickly forgotten, but for others it remains a parenting style that in the end can damage the children. Extreme parenting is about being unable to find the balance between giving freedom and setting rules, of being either overbearing or totally lax. As is the case with all extremes, neither...

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Working Mother and Her Guilt

Posted by on April, 6, 2014 in Home, Parenting, Personal Development, Stress, Views and Insights, Working Moms

Almost every working mother strives to attain some sort of balance between her career and her family. Many women today choose to focus on their careers rather than staying home to raise their children, but the myth of ‘having it all’ is ever-present in our society. This belief that a woman, or anyone for that matter, can succeed professionally while being the perfect parent exerts a lot of pressure and ultimately sets us up for failure. Society...

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Being a Single Mother

Posted by on March, 27, 2014 in Parenting, Work-Life Balance, Working Moms

Single Mothers — How Do They Cope? According to Labor Bureau statistics, in 2012 there were 12.2 million single-parent families in the US, and more than 80% of these single parents were mothers. It seems that these numbers will continue rising, reflecting changing family structures in a changing world. There are more than a few reasons why a mom may be forced to raise her child or children alone, but there are also many cases where women...

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The Hygiene Hypothesis

Posted by on March, 20, 2014 in Home, Parenting, Personal Development, WEI

Is Perfect Hygiene The Best For Your Child? The short answer is no. The long answer needs a bit of talk about how the immune system matures and how our society has evolved to treat cleanliness in often absolute terms, which has had mixed consequences for our health. But let’s start with that bit about the immune system. For the first few years of a child’s life he or she is much more vulnerable to germs and viruses than an adult. That’s because...

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Work-Life Balance: Women Only?

Posted by on March, 10, 2014 in Gender Gap, Parenting, Views and Insights, Work-Life Balance, Working Moms

Is the Work/Family Balancing Act only for Women? There is a lot of information on the internet and the self-help aisle in the bookstore about how to balance your career with your family. Both aspects are important to any career person’s well-being, and if one side is out of whack, it inevitably affects the other. An article published in the Harvard Business Review, Manage Your Work, Manage Your Life, had some disturbing news that striving for a...

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Parenting Mistakes

Posted by on January, 27, 2014 in Parenting, Personal Development

How We Clip Our Children’s Wings Without Even Realizing There has been a major shift in attitudes toward parenting in the last decades and it’s been a positive shift away from discipline and obedience to treating kids as the individuals they are and respecting their needs and wishes. Yet, not everything has been all good; for many parents the pendulum has come full swing to the other extreme of letting their kids get whatever they want whenever...

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