Be cautious introducing any dates to your kids, Dr. "Meeting partners too early can cause kids unnecessary stress.
If money is tight, you need to spend less everywhere--not just on the kids.
This means fewer cappuccinos and holding off on getting the latest phone model.
Shorter activities, such as playing a card game or coloring a picture, can take just a few minutes of your time while building a bond with your child. D., a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, recommends designating family time each week.
"Have your kids help give the time a name like Fun Club," Dr. Choose non-electronic activities (no cell phones-this means you too!
D., licensed psychologist and family therapist in the Boston area.
"Choose two to three points of time during the day to connect with your kids such as at breakfast, dinner, and tuck-in." You don't need to play dolls or kick the soccer ball around for an hour.
"One of my greatest pet peeves is parents who don't cultivate friendships of their own and exploit their children as friends instead," Dr. This isn't fair to your child, and it's not helpful to you, since a child can't offer the support or advice that a peer or mentor can.
Be proactive about finding the proper social supports in your life.
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