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Parenting—the process of raising children—can bring endless joy, responsibility, and learning opportunities. All the clichés are true—it is the hardest job you’ll ever love—and yet none of them describes your unique experience or challenges as a parent. The challenge to be a “good” parent is a constant struggle between personal desires, community expectations, traditional gender roles, resource management, and the unique personalities of each member of the family. Everyone has an opinion on how to best raise a physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually healthy child, but the truth is there is no one right answer: it’s a lifelong process that we take on, one day at a time.

Teaching Your Child Emotional Agility

It’s hard to see a child unhappy. Whether a child is crying over the death of a pet or the popping of a balloon, our instinct is to make it better, fast. That’s where too many parents get it wrong, says the psychologist Susan David, author of the book “Emotional Agility.

The Burnout We Can't Talk About: Parent Burnout

New research demonstrates parental burnout has serious consequences. As defined by the study, burnout is an exhaustion syndrome, characterized by feeling overwhelmed, physical and emotional exhaustion, emotional distancing from one's children, and a sense of being an ineffective parent.

Emotion Coaching: Helping Kids Cope with Negative Feelings

Emotion coaching is the practice of talking with children about their feelings, and offering kids strategies for coping with emotionally difficult situations. The goal is to empathize, reassure, and teach. Does it make a difference? Yes.

Managing Your Own Emotions: The Key to Positive, Effective Parenting

Wander any playground or mall, and at some point you are likely to observe a parent coaching her child to take deep breaths in and out to calm herself, or directing her to “use her words” versus hitting, kicking or grabbing.

4 Big Emotions to Talk About With Little Kids

The different ways your child behaves actually stems from a list of four complex emotions. Here’s how explain them to your child in a way they’ll understand so they can learn to manage them.

The Psychological Effects of Divorce on Children

As a marriage dissolves, some parents find themselves asking questions like, “Should we stay together for the kids?” Other parents find divorce is their only option.

What to Do if a Young Child Expresses Dark Thoughts

When the scariest parenting moment happened, I didn’t know where to turn. After months of talking with experts, we’re on the path to healing.

In many Asian American families, racism is rarely discussed

“I just didn’t want them to stress and not be afraid to go to school. The less they knew, the better it was.”

Millennials Have Too Many Feelings, and Their Parents Are to Blame

A regular object of ridicule on the jungle gym, the "helicopter parent" has inspired countless analyses that paint a disturbing picture of over-dependence and stunted emotional maturity in affected children.

A Therapist Shares the 7 Biggest Parenting Mistakes that Destroy Kids’ Mental Strength

We live in an increasingly stressful world, which is why it has never been more important to foster emotional and mental resiliency in our children.

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