The term "helicopter parent" was first coined in 1969 when it was used to describe parents who, well, hover over their kids. Almost 50 years later, the term has earned a place in common vernacular, code for parents who govern every aspect of their kids' lives. It's more than a bad habit with a catchy name: parents who always look over their kids' shoulders may be unwittingly preventing them from practicing emotional and behavioral control on their own.
Discipline and punishment are usually conflated so that in the mouths and minds of many Massachusetts parents, they've become interchangeable. They're not. Because, in fact, discipline is a very useful system for parenting, while punishment is one tactic (of many) which can be used to support the discipline system. So while the two are complementary, they are neither interchangeable or opposed.
Dads need to make sure that they are taking care of themselves if they are going to be able to be the best dad for their kids. Dads have a propensity to want to ignore their own losses in order and focus on ameliorating the pain their child might be feeling. This is an admirable impulse, but not really a healthy one.
A Massachusetts divorce can be a difficult situation for every couple. Regardless if you've been married a few years, or a few decades, dealing with the mental and physical situations that arise from a divorce is never going to be easy.
Today's smartphones offer near limitless access to information, but they also access porn, violent imagery, and other disturbing content your Massachusetts children might not be ready to see. And then there's the very real possibility of addiction to the device's entertainment. But, rest assured, with the rise of these devices' ubiquity has come a number of parental control devices and apps that help you do everything from block problematic sites to set weekly screen-time limits.
We all say things we regret from time to time, but there is no more crucial time for parents to mind their words than during a Massachusetts divorce. Not only can the things they say come back to haunt them in divorce court, but, more importantly, they can harm children and the people around you. So if you're feeling frustrated, fed up or ready to explode, take a deep breath, count to ten and, above all, bite your tongue because there are things you should never, ever say.
Being there isn't enough - a good Massachusetts dad is a present dad. That means savoring every moment with your child, putting away your smartphone, and living mindfully. Alas, like anything worthwhile, it takes practice. Lots of practice. "Presence is focusing on right now, rather than having your awareness on something in the future, or worrying about the past," marriage and family according to therapist David Klow. "It's training our minds to focus on the depth of the moment rather than fleeing to go somewhere else."