Back-to-school season is a pretty crazy time for all Massachusetts families. There is a rush to buy supplies, new clothes, and organize class schedules to make sure the children are ready to return to class.
Raising Massachusetts kids is a messy, complicated and stressful undertaking. And it can put a lot of strain on a marriage even in the best of circumstances. When parents have conflicting ideas of how best to approach child-rearing and don't work to get on the same page, that strain increases and arguments ensue. Done regularly, this not only adds tension and resentment to a marriage but is also harmful for kids.
Sites like Facebook and Instagram are an easy way for new Massachusetts parents to share photos with friends and family.
If iPads, smartphones, and screens seem like drugs for Massachusetts kids, it's because they have a lot in common with uppers when it comes to a child's developing brain. Screen time, sugar, and reward all flood kids' brains with dopamine, the same feel-good chemical released when people do cocaine or see that someone liked their Instagram post.
Massachusetts babies don't lie. Massachusetts toddlers rarely lie. Little kids lie a lot. And it's all good. When a child begins lying, it's a pretty good sign that they are experiencing some healthy cognitive development. Lying tends to give way to honesty and solid communication skills over time when parents aggressively police behavior. Development and education on right and wrong (don't steal cookies) leads to a multi-faceted understanding of the complex concept of honesty.
Yelling at Massachusetts kids feels like an inevitability as a parent. Yelling seems like the perfect tool for getting a preoccupied kid's attention, or punishing them for doing wrong, or simply expressing feelings of anger. But all of the shouting, screaming, or yelling at kids is deeply unhelpful to parenting. Because getting loud is not communication.
Substance abuse and drug addiction are issues that affect many Massachusetts families. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 24 million Americans are currently suffering from some form of drug or alcohol addiction. This is an issue that affects people of every background - including parents.
When a Massachusetts daughter hits puberty, her relationship with her mom is almost guaraneed to deteriorate. This strained relationship is actually a good sign of normal development, even if it might be occasionally painful for parents. But the good news is that dads are in a unique position to ease tensions between mom and daughter, says therapists.