Is There a Right Time to Have a First Child?

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At least twice a week in my practice, I will have a young, bright, and ambitious 20-something year old woman sitting across from me. We’ll ponder life together: Career, friends, hobbies, and relationships.

Invariably at least once a week, one of them will tell me that she has a life plan, which includes having kids before the age of 30.The closer they might be to said age without the prospect of procreation in sight, the more angst they feel about ‘missing the deadline.’ When I inquire as to why the deadline is age 30, the response is usually that having kids over the age of 30 is “too old.”

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Claustrophobia and Anxiety in Children

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My 8 year old is generally an anxious child, which we manage through basic mindful strategies.

Over the years he has experienced phases of very specific anxieties and phobias (darkness, certain foods, being alone in a room, etc), but these have always been self-limiting and have ultimately passed.

However, as these phases have passed, one specific phobia has always remained –claustrophobia.

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For all parents out there: How to Improve Self Confidence in Children?

how to improve self confidenceOne parent recently asked me how to help his child to improve self confidence.

My answer?

You can improve your child’s self confidence easily, by following one principle:

How to improve self confidence? What you believe about your kids is what they’ll believe about themselves!

Kids take their emotional and internal cues from the adults around them.

When adults respond in fear, kids respond in fear.

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Why do Parents Abuse Their Children?

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My 14 years old daughter is a normal teen.

By “normal”, I mean that she doesn’t talk to her mom (myself) a lot.

Here’s a typical mother-daughter talk:

1. I’m asking her something, she mumbles back.

2. I’m trying to understand what she said.

3. She gets angry and swears that she’ll never speak to me again.

4. She turns her back and storms away, end of conversation.

5. I’m completely and utterly puzzled as to what just happened.

From time to time though, no prior notice, she opens up to me and we share those special moments in which I get a short glimpse of what’s really going on in her world.

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Whether You’re a Parent, or Working with Parents: This post is for you!

I’ll start with a short apology:

It’s been long since I posted!

Juggeling between 3 kids, among them a tween turning to a slamming-doors teen :) and a full day job did not leave me a lot of time to blog.

So my personal blog… well yes, it was pushed aside.

2 years ago I built a website for us parents and parenting experts to discuss our parenting challenges.

This site has become a great resource for parents:

Currently it has a community of 11.2 K Twitter followers, great content & many parenting experts of various proffesions, as well as bloggers, sharing their experience and thoughts there.

If you’re a parent you should join our mailing list, Twitter, pinterest, FB . You’ll get lot’s of awesome content from our experts!

If you are WORKING with parents, joining our parenting experts community can actually become your second website, another awesome platform for exposing your business to potential targeted audience, helping and communicating with customers.

You can see our experts here:

An Expert profile includes unlimited articles hosted by us, your videos and events: If for example you are working with parenting groups, participating in conferences etc., this is the place to notify your followers about it.

That’s how it looks:

You can read more about why you should join our community here:

Experts Profile

Still waiting???

To register as a parenting expert, please press here.

I promiss to answer ASAP! :)

I’m looking forward to having you join us, whether you’re a parenting expert, or an active blogger who loves blogging about your parenting experience.

Don’t forget to share this post, perhaps some of your followers are parenting experts who are not familiar with our community yet, and your sharing will make a difference for them!

See you @ parents-space :)

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An amazing story of a child abuse survivor

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I’ve been neglecting my readers lately:  Summer, kids, you know, nothing personal:)

I admit – this summer has pushed me back into my comfort zone.

I sent my third / smallest child – 6 already (when did that happen), to first grade today.

Had to remind myself repeatedly that eventually it will all be ok. That she’ll be fine, my baby.

Not a baby anymore, is she.

Why is my heart-broken?

Anyway, that’s not what I planned to write about:

I planned to write about child abuse, and about a very special person.

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August 27, 2013 · 1:07 pm

I Won! I Won! I Won!

Hey all,

I’m not posting a lot lately, am I?

I’m soooooo into my new site http://www.parents-space.com, which you helped me create.

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Really, you did! Continue reading

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June 24, 2013 · 11:14 pm

Owls, and other owls

Do you also feel that if your children are bored it’s your problem? That it’s your job to keep them busy?

Let’s clear this first: It’s not your problem if they’re bored. Let them be bored, and let them learn to keep themselves busy (or not). Boredom is good for children, and encourages creativity.

Now, if you still feel you need to keep them busy (what can I say, I always do…) well, I am an owls addict, so I collected for you some owls crafts ideas for various ages, from easy (3 – 4 years) to older ages:

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February Popsicles…

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Although I may seem as a crafty mom to some of you, this is how it usually goes:

1. I see a beautiful idea (that someone else thought of).

2. I show it to everybody around.

3. I start collecting the art supplies required, and promiss my children that we are going to do it next Saturday.

4. Saturday comes and goes, nothing happens.

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Mommy, Is this a Gay Pedophile?

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I don’t have a lot of time to post these days, but this question above has kicked me out of my comfort zone.

I’ve been rambling to you quite a lot about my tween, haven’t I?

The last days it became clear to me that I need help adapting to my new role:

A Mom to Tween, experiencing lose of control in an ever-changing-fast-technological world, where kids are exposed to info that is difficult even for us grownups to absorb.

Listen to this: There was a lecture in my daughter’s school, by a police figure handling computer crimes.

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Mindful dads are fighting back!

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It was after the third angry mail I received from male bloggers, following this post about the first exceptional dad contributor to my new site http://www.parents-space.com,  (here) that it struck me: Unintentionally, I just started a mini genders war. Continue reading

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Is my Tween Video-Chatting with Strangers???

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I didn’t post a lot lately, being engaged in my new parents site, http://www.parents-space.com .

It’s coming up nicely I think! 60 Contributors already.

The variety of contributors results in discussing many topics, some are fairly new to me. I bet that I’m not alone here.

A naive parent I am,  a species that cannot survive for long in the 21 century. Continue reading

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May I have your attention please

Parenting And Stuff:

Mary Anne is a contributor at http://www.parents-space.com. Her 9 years old daughter is being stalked by a boy in her class for a long time now, making her school days unbearable. I got crazy when reading this, which got me thinking about our ancient protecting- our -children’s instincts. Anyway, thought to share this with you; Perhaps Mary Anne could get some good advise? I got a lot of helpful advise from you so far :)

Originally posted on blessedx5ks:

fireworksNow that I have your attention….

I have written briefly about this in an earlier post. But I felt the need to write just about this one particular problem this time. To support my daughter and to learn from all of our mistakes through my written word.

Rebecca is late….she is never late…

My 9 year daughter has a young man in her class that thrives on getting attention. There are a lot of children and adults that are like this. But this particular young man thrives on stalking my daughter. That is really the only word, besides bullying, that I can think of using for this particular young man, let’s call him “A”.

“A” has been, oh let’s call it, interested in Rebecca since the firt day of school. Now keep in mind we just moved here. She’s the new kid and she is a pretty little girl. Long…

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Here He Comes, The First Man

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The first man: Not only did he say that he is willing to become a Parents-Space.com author, he actually posted

This brave blogger is Pieter from http://pieterk515.wordpress.com/ , a proud dad and cool blogger you should all get to know. Always makes me laugh.

Pieter – I admire your guts, a first male author in a feminine neighbourhood! Continue reading

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Calling all parents

To all you parents out there:  My newborn, 1 month old  www.parents-space.com ,  is already becoming a great resource of information for parents.

(If I sound proud, it’s because I am!)

An amazing group of contributing authors (which I can’t thank enough) have gathered together to write in PS  ; some of them are counsellors, some are parents sharing their daily challenges, and all are there for you. Continue reading

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