Family life can often feel like a whirlwind of daily activities. Especially when children are older, finding time for meaningful communication is a struggle. Yet, the cornerstone of a strong and healthy family lies in the quality of its communication. Mindful family communication, rooted in awareness and presence, is a powerful tool that can transform relationships, foster understanding, and cultivate a harmonious family environment.
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Parents, educators, and researchers are grappling with understanding and managing this aspect of teenage life. What exactly is the impact of excessive screen time on teens’ mental health? What are the implications for their social relationships? How will instant gratification shape their ability to deal with hardship or frustration? How much is too much? And what can parents do to manage screen time when our kids live so much of their lives through their phones?
Emotional abuse can be difficult to identify in an intimate relationship. Sometimes people become so accustomed to destructive patterns of behaviour that they are unable to see the danger they are in. Unlike physical abuse, emotional abuse primarily targets an individual’s psychological and emotional well-being. It can cause long-lasting harm, leading to low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Recognizing the signs of emotional abuse is crucial for your well-being and the health of your relationship. These are some of the key warning signs to look out for.
The parent-teenager relationship is a dynamic and transformative phase that lays the foundation for the growth and development of your child, and of yourself, as well. Adolescence is a time of immense change, marked by physical, emotional, and cognitive transformations, making it a crucial period for nurturing a healthy parent-teenager bond.
Mom guilt can be triggered by many things, such as working outside the home, taking time for yourself, saying no to your kids, or comparing yourself to other moms. Mom guilt can make you feel stressed, anxious, depressed, or resentful. But it doesn’t have to ruin your happiness or your relationship with your children or partner. You can work towards overcoming mom guilt by following these 5 tips.
Communication is essential to a healthy, happy relationship. Your partner is likely the person you are closest to and most vulnerable with, and communication is vital to maintaining that bond. When communication falters, or there is misunderstanding or conflict in the relationship, the emotional fallout can be severe. At the same time, putting some work into improving your communication skills can result in big rewards in the relationship.
Many people are feeling the effects of higher prices on their wallets. Putting food on the table takes more of our income, as well as the rising cost of gas, rent or mortgage interest rates. All these additional costs can put stress not just on our bank accounts but on our relationships and our mental health.
About 40 percent of Canadian marriages will end in divorce. For children whose parents are divorcing, the experience can be confusing and overwhelming. Some children blame themselves for the breakup of a marriage, while others have a difficult time accepting the loss of the family unit and the changes that accompany that loss. Most children eventually adjust to divorce, however, there are ways that parents can make the transition easier.
Infidelity can be devastating to a committed relationship, but does it necessarily mean the end? There are steps to take to heal the pain caused by infidelity and to repair the relationship if that is what the couple desires.