by Clint Kelly
The ancient Greek playwright Euripides, reknowned for his Greek tragedies portraying strong female characters, was likely a decent dad. He stated, “To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.”
Entrepreneur and life coach Greg Wright, of Austin, Texas, updates the concept of this precious relationship in Daddy Dates: Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts. He says that before the age of 30, God gave him a lovely wife; four girls, or “beginner ladies”, and a succinct mission statement: “Don’t mess up.”
For many, the strong mother-daughter bond seems to suddenly unravel when adolescence appears. “Parenting is exasperating and wears you out,” sighs Heather Thomas, of Houston, Texas, a mother of three, including 16-year-old Mary Meghan.
Mothers can gain some comfort in the biological reasons for the onset of emotionally charged arguments and repeated curfew violations. It begins with changes in the brain caused by an increase in the hormones that stimulate their ovaries, and by age 10 or 11, the hormones become elevated to levels comparable to those of postmenopausal women.
With the onset of school, parents are stocking up on essentials, including at-home remedies to help keep kids healthy this winter. Natural Awakenings has compiled several leading experts’ best tips.
Green and Yellow Produce
Dr. James Balch, a leading natural health expert, urologist and pioneering author in healing nutrition, recommends menus rich in colored fruits and vegetables filled with carotenes. “These foods are potent antioxidants, help with immune function and are involved with the growth and repair of tissues,” he writes. For picky eaters, serve crispy carrot sticks, buttery sweet potatoes and juicy apples.
“If you want to be miserable, think about yourself. If you want to be happy, think of others.”
~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
The phrase “connected kids” may describe youth consumed by Internet-dependent relationships. Yet these same young people still crave old-fashioned, face-to-face connections with the adults in their lives. With one parent or two, stepparents, a grandparent, aunts or uncles, older family friends, teachers and coaches—experience shows they all can help guide our children by showing the compassion that nurtures kids’ own caring instincts.
Instituting an allowance plan that works best for each child is a sound way to start teaching the value of money, budgeting and saving.
By the time a child is 5 or 6, he or she should be able to understand how an allowance works and the reasons for receiving it. When deciding to pay a child an allowance, the family should first talk together about how he or she will be using the money.
For most parents, back-to-school season also signals the start of cold season, which, for some kids, can stretch out for months. Kids’ bodily immune systems, like their brains, need to be educated and strengthened, which might explain why young children are likely to experience two or three colds a year, says Dr. Lawrence Rosen, a holistic pediatrician practicing in New Jersey and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine.
Clinical psychologist and author Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., is known for the practical parenting advice featured in her books, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B Minus. She is a leading expert appearing in Race to Nowhere, a documentary film examining the achievement-obsessed culture permeating America’s schools, and serves on the advisory board of Challenge Success, an organization that supports schools and families in reversing and preventing the unhealthy tolls dealt by our current educational system.