Ezine Articles for Older Moms Parenting Later in Life
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By Mark Hutten, Family Therapist and Online Parent Coach
Moms and dads expect temper tantrums from a 2-year-old, but angry outbursts don’t necessarily stop after the toddler years. Older children sometimes have trouble handling anger and frustration, too. Some children only lose their cool on occasion, but others seem to have a harder time when things don’t go their way. Children who tend to have strong reactions by nature will need more help from moms and dads to manage their tempers.
Here are 20 “temper-taming tips” for the “strong-willed” child:
1. By the time you arrive at the scene of the fight, you may be at the end of your own rope. After all, the sound of screaming is upsetting, and you may be frustrated that your children aren’t sharing or trying to get along. (And you know that this toy they’re fighting over is going to be lost, broken, or ignored before long anyway!). In these situations, the best thing to do is to keep your own self-control intact. Teaching by example is your most powerful tool. Speak calmly, clearly, and firmly — not with anger, blame, harsh criticisms, threats, or putdowns.
2. Create clear ground rules and stick to them. Set and maintain clear expectations for what is and what is not acceptable. Your youngster will get the message if you make clear, simple statements about what’s off limits and explain what you want him or her to … (read more…)
By Amy Wall Lerman, Baby Bloomer Editor
On October 5th of this month I put an end to my reproductive life. Having lived through thirteen years of abnormal bleeding which has always taken a toll on my health and quality of life, I came to the painful decision that it was time to take care of myself and stop fantasizing about having more biological children. So after months of deliberating and internal struggle, I decided to have an endometrial ablation which effectively put an end to my ability to bear children. It’s a procedure that removes the lining of the uterus so that the endometrium can no longer develop. And, of course, without that valuable lining, a fetus cannot survive and periods cease for good. I’m 46 years old, I’m not menopausal, and while there are many women out there becoming pregnant at my age, either naturally or with the help of medical technology, for me the dream had to be put to rest.
Here is why I made the decision and why it was so hard to get there. When I was 32 years old I started to bleed erratically – spotting for six weeks at a time or heavy bleeding for several days straight – sometimes hemorrhaging to the point of missing work and spending a lot of time on the phone with my doctor. My cycle was never regular and when I did bleed it was almost always heavy and painful.
I was in a relationship when I was 32 but it was a rocky one and my boyfriend was not ready for kids … (read more…)