Telling Your Child to Sit Up Straight Doesn’t Work: Why Criticism Doesn't Foster Change

Photo from Psych Central This story is part of the Mental Health Library, a series on Mental Health from Psych Central. Childhood can be the sweetest of times, especially when enriched by loving family and friends and strong support systems. However, even with the best circumstances, children rarely come out unscathed, particularly in cultures which perpetuate an incessant need for acceptance offset by impossibly high expectations. While caring parents aim to guide their children through life and the emotional roller-coasters that ensue, well-meaning advice is often misconstrued or entirely ignored. For example, the last thing an adolescent wants to hear is a comment about their body, even i

When Was the Last Time You Noticed Your Child’s Posture?

How observing their body habits early in the day can offset undesired behaviors later on Photo by Ben White on Unsplash Mornings — with kids — can be hectic. Getting out of the door (on time!) while trying to be mindful of filling their bellies with nutritious food, reminding them about their dental hygiene, and providing them with clean (and matching) socks seems like more than enough to accomplish first thing in the day. However, even with the greatest intentions, in the midst of the rush, there are many moments we often miss with our children. Perhaps most notably, observing the way they eat their first meal. Take a moment to picture your child as you imagine them munching on their breakf

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