Ernest Hemingway was affectionately called “Papa,” but what kind of dad was he?
In my role as Associate Editor of the Hemingway Letters Project, I spend my time investigating the approximately 6,000 letters sent by Hemingway, 85% of which are now being published for the first time in a multivolume series. The latest volume – the fifth – spans his letters from January 1932 through May 1934 and gives us an intimate look into Hemingway’s daily life, not only as a writer and a sportsman, but also as a father.
The latest volume – the fifth – spans his letters from January 1932 through May 1934 and gives us an intimate look into Hemingway’s daily life, not only as a writer and a sportsman, but also as a father.
During this period, Hemingway explored the emotional depths of fatherhood in his fiction. But his letters show that parenting could be a distraction from what mattered most to him: his writing.
There comes a time in some people’s lives when their aspirations for their children begin to rival or even exceed their aspirations for themselves.
It’s happened to me since I’ve become a parent myself. As a result, I’ve been on a years-long mission to collect as much science-based advice as possible regarding how to raise successful kids.
Here are five of the most interesting and useful strategies I’ve found and highlighted recently. The science suggests that if you want to do right by your kids, you should probably do these things.
1. Make them do chores. Researchers at La Trobe University in Australia recently set out to determine whether children who do chores at home would develop better working memory, inhibition, and other success-predicting behaviors.
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Simple and Effective Ways to Set a Great Example for Your Kid
By Cheryl Conklin, Guest Blogger
Biography: Cheryl Conklin created Wellness Central from her desire to share various resources and her thoughts on wellness. Apart from blogging, she enjoys traveling and going on endless adventures, and writing about her experiences at the end of the day.
As a parent, your actions can leave a lasting mark on your children. Setting a good example for your kids is essential for encouraging the development of good habits that will stick with them for years to come! Whether you’re dealing with toddlers and teens, raising great kids starts with your own behaviors. Here are some easy ways to mold your kids into incredible little people by adjusting your own habits, presented below by DrWeb’s Domain.
Take Steps Towards Self-Improvement
Show your kids how to become the best versions of themselves by identifying your own strengths and chasing your goals
Consider going back to school to pursue a career path that you’re passionate about.
Spend your spare time learning a new skill or hobby.
Model Healthy Behaviors
Children love to mirror the behaviors of their parents. If you want your kids to exercise, eat healthy foods, read and avoid bad habits, try to model these behaviors yourself.
Demonstrate responsible decisions around substance use to help your kids develop a healthy relationship with alcohol.
Make physical activity a priority in your life, and your kids will be more inclined to exercise too!
Show your kids that you enjoy healthy foods and all the feel-good benefits that come with healthy eating.
To encourage a love of reading, let your children see you reading, and make a point to visit the library together often.
Bring your kids grocery shopping and show them how you make healthy food choices.
Be Kind to Yourself and Others
Treat other people—and yourself—with kindness and respect to raise polite kids with great self-esteem
Being a great parent is not just about the lessons you teach your kids, but about the habits and behaviors that you display every day. Your kids will mirror your actions, for better or for worse. Encourage your little ones to grow into well-adjusted adults by adopting the habits you want them to pick up!
(CNN Business) Last September, just a few weeks into the school year, Sabine Polak got a call from the guidance counselor. Her 14-year-old daughter was struggling with depression and had contemplated suicide.
“I was completely floored,” said Polak, 45, who lives in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. “I had no clue she was even feeling remotely down at all. When I asked her about it, she just kept saying she wanted to get away from it all … but I didn’t know what that meant.”
Instagram will now tell users when to take a break from using the app After taking her to a crisis center, which banned phone use for anyone checking in, Polak learned from her daughter that the pressures of social media were driving her increased anxiety. The main source of stress: waiting for her friends to open and respond to messages and photos on Snapchat.
Julie Lythcott-Haims noticed a disturbing trend during her decade as a dean of freshmen at Stanford University. Incoming students were brilliant and accomplished and virtually flawless, on paper.
But with each year, more of them seemed incapable of taking care of themselves.At the same time, parents were becoming more and more involved in their children’s lives. They talked to their children multiple times a day and swooped in to personally intervene whenever something difficult happened.