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Take a look at this month's articles provided by Island Parent Magazine. Each month you'll find new articles with topics on parenting your children of any age. Written largely by local authors, these articles provide some great perspectives related to parenting, both on and off the island.
Island Parent - Latest Articles - General Interest
There you are, lying in bed and about to to drift off to sleep. But you can’t. Moments of the day play like a movie reel on repeat: that moment you raised your voice at your child…that moment your child stomped off with “that” look, letting you know their disdain…that moment you hear yourself saying, “Just one minute, I’m busy! Can’t I just finish this?!”
So there you lie, waiting for blissful sl...
posted: Dec 3, 2018 | views: 374 | comments: 0
My son has ADHD. I’ve known, subconsciously, since he was little. At first, I wrote it off as exuberance. He is a happy, lively child. I used to say he was either sprinting or sleeping; there simply was no in between. People would remark that they envied his energy. When he began school, I wondered if his lack of focus was because he has a late birthday. Some of the other kids had been five years old for months and...
posted: Dec 3, 2018 | views: 352 | comments: 0
How often do you truly embrace choice in your life?
As parents, we can sometimes feel we have endless responsibilities and too much to do. We get to the end of the week and feel completely drained. When we focus on getting everything done on our To-do List, and meeting everyone else’s needs without doing anything for ourselves, life can feel exhausting.
Looking back on your week, how many times did you choose...
posted: Dec 3, 2018 | views: 348 | comments: 0
In late August an article began to show up in my Facebook feed, shared by many of my friends with school aged children: “As the school year begins, please talk to your children about disabilities.” Written by a special education teacher with cerebral palsy, the article encouraged parents to tell their kids it was okay to be friends with kids who were disabled, and it wasn’t okay to tease them, or bully them or ...
posted: Oct 30, 2018 | views: 475 | comments: 0
Winter is here offering unique nature experiences unrivalled by any other time of year. Nothing compares to the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of winter, when plants and animals have buckled down to outlast the cold. It can be tempting to stay home this time of year, but you’ll be missing out on seeing some amazing wildlife and experiencing beautiful places as you’ve never experienced them before. Here are some na...
posted: Oct 30, 2018 | views: 378 | comments: 0
Parenthood is full of surprises and revelations that often make me shake my head and smile wryly to myself, remembering my naiveté in the pre-parent days.
In my life before kids, I used to take an hour to get ready in the morning. And I thought I was being efficient. A solitary hour in the bathroom, complete with a warm shower and plenty of time to apply makeup—including liner, evenly, to both eyes!—while lis...
posted: Oct 30, 2018 | views: 428 | comments: 0
Do you experience meal-time stress? Does it feel like you are constantly running around trying to prepare everything for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, only to end up resorting to packaged meals more often than you’d like? Time often feels rushed with kids, especially when there are activities to get to, homework to finish, and bedtimes to uphold.
Panic and stress around meal-prep is not inevitable, though—even...
posted: Sep 24, 2018 | views: 549 | comments: 0
Why do we always beat ourselves up when we make mistakes? Are we afraid of judgment? Weighed down by the drive for perfection? Our inner voices seem to be so critical. I know mine is!
When I am overwhelmed by my busy schedule, I fall into a pattern of self-chastising. My house is messy. My kids have eaten scrambled eggs for dinner two nights in a row. I don’t play with my kids enough. I lost my temper. I can kee...
posted: Sep 24, 2018 | views: 559 | comments: 0
Camping was a central part of my family’s summers as I grew up in 1960s and 1970s England. My parents would load up the car with our big, blue, insanely heavy canvas tent, along with all our other camping paraphernalia. Then we’d set off on a tortuously long journey from the midlands of England up to the northwest coast of Scotland, to places like Ullapool or Lochinver, on increasingly narrow and precarious roads...
posted: Sep 24, 2018 | views: 636 | comments: 0
It’s everywhere: under the bed, in the closet, on the desks and at times even in my room. This is not just a “my kids” issue. When I look around, it appears to be a “more than not” kid issue.
Why do we, as parents, feel the need to buy so much stuff for our kids? At times it feels as though we need to have a bring-back-the-80s revolution to parenting. Yup, those were the days when the front yar...
posted: Aug 28, 2018 | views: 668 | comments: 0
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