It is difficult for children with serious challenges, but even more so for the parents. There are times when you may have difficulties which make you believe nothing can be fixed. Some physicians will be able to provide you with guidance or help in these areas. If your child is really struggling in some way, then this is a good avenue to pursue because you just never know what’s going on.

It is exciting when you meet someone new, especially if you have been a single parent for a long time. Children are not always happy when their single parent meets someone new. Young kids can become extremely anxious when there’s someone new on the scene in your life. Your kids might cling to you more, and become more needy, trying to keep you away from your new person. You will need to show them that your love for them will never be changed just because there is another person in your life. There are many different ways your kids could react, but those are only a couple of things that can happen.

Every human has certain basic needs such as some form of feedback that validates our feelings. We can’t go into that here, but there are many reasons why it is important. It doesn’t matter what the age, all children have a need that their feelings are known.

Since you are the parent, you are the one who must make this happen. It is up to you as the parent to find out which ones of your children need this from you more. There is no reason not to validate the feelings of your kids because it doesn’t take much. Listen to your children when they are talking to you, then make sure they know you heard them and understood what they said. This parenting task is pretty basic, but you can do more feedback if you choose.

There is an ancient adage that has great wisdom in it, which is all areas of your life should have balance. You have, more than likely, learned that lesson more than once through your own life experiences. Maintaining good balance for kids will probably only happen when the direction is set by the parents. Kids need to be concerned with their studies and responsibilities at home, and then find time for their friends or school related sports. They need time for recharging their batteries, which comes with down time for relaxing. You can make it happen in a positive way for your kids because that is a lot for them.

The challenges you face in parenting won’t be found anywhere else. The reward doesn’t always seem to exist, and the work is extremely hard. Some day all of the good things you do for your kids will help them. When they are out in the world, is about the time kids start to appreciate their parents.