- Katie's TakeWhat role can parents play in helping their child succeed in the classroom?I asked education expert Carol Davis, who says parental involvement is fundamental to a child's education and it's all about striking the right balance and establishing a partnership with teachers early on.Numerous studies have shown that children whose parents actively communicate with their teachers see better results both socially and academically. That said, it's difficult for any parent who works full time to be at every parent/teacher meeting or parents' day at school. Luckily, email has made it much easier to communicate with teachers and quickly relay information about a child's performance or needs.But Davis also warns parents shouldn't be overly involved in the classroom or hover like helicopters watching everything that happens there. Kids need to learn independence and experience success, disappointment and failure on their own in order to grow emotionally.
The dating world can be tough for anybody, but dating as a single parent presents some unique challenges.
Martine Byer is a psychotherapist and author of "Sex and the Single Parent," and she sat down with me to talk through all the ins and outs of these potentially tricky waters. First, she discusses the need for time management and always putting your child first while allotting some time for dates or meeting new people.
There is also the delicate issue of talking to your children about your personal life. Byer recommends having an open conversation to learn how your children feel about you seeing other people, while assuring them that they are still your number one priority.
It is also important to be tactful when introducing your child to a new love interest. For instance, many single parents worry that their child may dislike the person they've chosen to date. If this is the case, Byer advises respecting your child's concerns, trying to find a compromise and makingRead More »from Dating for Single Parents
Remember that old song by the Carpenters, "Rainy Days and Mondays?" Sometimes feeling down or experiencing a case of the blues can be chalked up to a bad day, but sometimes it's something more serious.
Psychotherapist Dr. Ellen McGrath defines depression as a mood disorder that is biological, psychological and social. If you've been experiencing symptoms like a loss of appetite, lack of energy, changes in your sleeping patterns and a withdrawal from your ordinary activities, especially if those symptoms last for longer than two weeks, you may have depression and should seek treatment.
Depression may make people feel isolated, but they are hardly alone in their struggle. 19 million Americans have been diagnosed with depression, and statistics show one in four adults will experience it at some point in their lives.
But the good news is, with increased awareness and better diagnosis more and more people are seeking (and receiving) treatment. 56% of all depressionRead More »from Am I Depressed?