18-Year Olds: The Homestretch feat. Ana Morante

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Watching a child transform into an adult can be a lot to handle. And although most 18-year olds exhibit a lot of maturity, they still require a fair amount of guidance. How do you keep your status as parent and authority figure while allowing your children to have their own autonomy and maturity? Tune in to this episode for more.

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Alicia La Hoz

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Veronica Avila
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Ana Morante

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Winning the Social Media Game: Helping your Child Navigate Social Media Positively

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Winning the Social Media Game: Helping your Child Navigate Social Media Positively

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Social media is here to stay and most parents are not equipped to deal with all the nuisances that an institution as temperamental as this one creates. But there is no need to panic! Being proactive and providing a good example for your children will give you a place to start. Take the time to teach your kids about the benefits and dangers of social media even before they own a smart phone and be courageous in your own use of social media becoming the healthy role model they need to see. After all, “kids have never been very good at listening to their elders but they have never failed to imitate them” (James Baldwin).

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Alicia La Hoz

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Omar Ramos

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Veronica Avila
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Laura Tierney

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  • Make your children aware that social media can make them less social. So institute the no phones at the table rule.
  • Set the privacy settings on their phone where “friends” and family must first be accepted before they can view their stuff.
  • Ask your children what their handles are and talk to them about safe handles that do not invite predators.
  • Don’t use the phone while you are driving. Be a good example.

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The Role of Play

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Play has proven to be very beneficial for a child’s emotional, cognitive, physical and social development. There are many studies out there that have published those fascinating findings. But in addition to all those benefits, play offers parents the ideal opportunity to engage fully with their children in a world so defined by hurriedness. Children play very well alone but when parents join in, the children perceive that their parents are fully paying attention, opening up naturally the lines of communication between the two. Even less verbal children show a glimpse of their perspective that let parents better understand who they are and what they are thinking. So in essence, playing also helps you hold on to your children. Children don’t need fancy, stimulating toys to play well and to get all the benefits of play. This week let their imagination run wild by:

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Alicia La Hoz

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Robert Salazar

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James Breakwell a.k.a. Xploding Unicorn

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  • Encouraging your children to play away from electronics in order to decompress and to be creative on their own.
  • Allowing your children to play with messy things or make science experiments. You can manage your anxiety by laying out towels in the area where kids are playing or setting a messy station outside.
  • Joining in when your children are playing once in a while without trying to set up your own structure or bring control to the game.

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Preparing them for Puppy Love

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The current cultural trend in America is for children to begin dating at earlier and earlier ages. This means that now, perhaps more than ever, it is crucial for parents to begin teaching their children about relationships sooner rather than later. It’s important to take a holistic approach that integrates love, dating, marriage, sex, and everything in between into an ongoing conversation about relationships. Tune in for more.

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Alicia La Hoz

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John Van Epp

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Marriage or Carriage: Talking to your kids about marriage & education

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Marriage or Carriage: Talking to your kids about marriage & education

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The “success sequence,” is the research supported notion that people who get an education, then a job, then get married and, lastly, have children are more likely to experience financial prosperity in the future. It can be hard for parents who have not themselves followed the success sequence to encourage their children to do so. However, it is important for parents not to feel ashamed about their past and instead use their experiences as a tool to instruct their children about an easier way to succeed in life. Parents who have not followed the success sequence should feel a sense of pride in their own resilience while, nonetheless, instilling values in their children that will lead to their future success.

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Alicia La Hoz

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Omar Ramos

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Veronica Avila
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Alexandra Solomon

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  • Take some time to reflect on your perceived successes and failures. Ask yourself what you would encourage your children to do differently from you and what you would want them to emulate.
  • Start the conversation with your children about the success sequence. Ask them what their goals in life are and guide them through the best way to go about achieving those goals. You can use the worksheet under the “tool” section of this page as a jumping off point.
  • Don’t be ashamed of your past. Instead, allow the wisdom you’ve gained from your experiences to guide your children into the smoothest path for their lives.

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Love or Fear: Raising confident children

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How did your parents pass down their faith to you?

When nurturing your child’s spiritual growth, be mindful to not fall into a rigid trap where religion is shoved down their throats like a pill they need to swallow. Instead, live a life of faith and practice the spiritual disciplines. Your children will be attracted to come to the faith when they see you enjoying prayer and scripture meditation as part of your daily routine.

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Alicia La Hoz

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Omar Ramos

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Eduardo Morales

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  • Take the natural day-to-day occurrences as an opportunity to discuss spiritual matters and invite your kids to weekly or daily family devotional time where they can learn to appreciate what it means to be in a relationship with God.
  • Take out your calendar and find a time every week to have a family devotional. You can print the family based devotional on the Beatitudes created by the American Bible Society by clicking here.

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Stay Humble: Sometimes you need to ask your kids for forgiveness

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Stay Humble: Sometimes you need to ask your kids for forgiveness

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Parenting can be a humbling experience in many respects. At times, you may lash out at your children when they frustrate your goals. When this happens, and you seek forgiveness from your children, this exercise in humility is a growing experience for you and for them. Stay humble and admit when you are wrong.

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Alicia La Hoz

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Omar Ramos

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Veronica Avila
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Raquel Toledo

Raquel Toledo
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Spend Time Wisely

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As parents, we want the best for our children. Which means we spend and focus most of our time on them. The problem is that focusing so much on our children distracts us from fostering a relationship with our spouse. And if our relationship with our spouse suffers, in the end, our children suffer because the quality of the couple’s relationship directly impacts the children. Tune in to this week’s podcast for insight and tips on what we can do as parents and as a couple to nurture and balance our relationships.

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Alicia La Hoz

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Rick Rivero

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False Intimacy Fallout

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Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on lifelong health. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Adverse childhood experiences increase the chance of social risk factors, mental health issues, substance abuse, intimate partner violence, and adult adoption of risky adult behaviors. Adverse experiences and other trauma in childhood, however, do not dictate the future of the child. Children are resilient, and can thrive despite trauma if they form healthy adult attachment relationships (especially with parents and caregivers).

Parents who have experienced ACEs in their early years may respond poorly to their children. It can affect parenting in a negative way and perpetuate exposure to ACEs across generations. But the cycle can be broken. Parents can learn how to manage their emotions and chronic stress through workshops and therapy.

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Alicia La Hoz

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Jonathan Alarcon

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Find out what your ACE’s Score is – and learn what it does and doesn’t mean

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The following tools can help you along the way: Are you a nut or an egg?

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Parenting: Today & Yesterday

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Parenting styles are influenced by the culture around us. Today’s parents adjust according to the needs of each child, and there is a focus on doing what is best for each child. In an effort to help their kids be successful, though, some parents may err on the side of over-scheduling them. This creates a lot of stress for both the kids and the parents. The thing to work towards is balance. Yes, provide nurturing opportunities for children to help them grow, but while you do that make sure to schedule self-care for yourself as well so the stressors of life won’t wear you out. The bottom line is that parents need to schedule time to nurture their spirit and well-being. As a parent, when you work towards enjoying a healthier balanced life, you will manage stress better, and ultimately that will help you parent from a better place.

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Alicia La Hoz

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Bill Ferrell

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Work on Self Care

  • Take out a journal and write out what your best day would look like. Imagine what an ideal day would look like from morning to night. Include all of the details you can image.
  • Go ahead and take out your calendar, and schedule a day where you commit to live out your ideal day.

Surround Yourself with a Supportive Network

  • Join a parenting workshop in your community. Listening to other parents’ challenges and receiving some helpful tips from them can be of great help. Check out Family Bridges’ website calendar for a workshop near you.
  • Can’t find a time or a place that is convenient for you? Go ahead and rally your friends or neighbors and work through this parenting program with others.

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