By Joshua Straub, Ph.D.
I’m going to cut right to the chase and say something a bit controversial about raising kids. If my kids' resumes are filled with athletic and academic achievements but they can’t love or relate well to others, I’ve failed as a parent.
After last week’s blog, I had a number of individuals ask me to help them with their marriages. I’m super thankful for those who emailed or shared personal stories with me. Your courage to reach out, and desire for a great marriage, is certainly recognized.
A report came out last month from Child Trends showing the number of parents aggravated with their kids has more than doubled in the past decade.
You know what? I’m aggravated too. But not at my kids.
I met this week with a young couple going through some relationship troubles. Trust was broken. Both wanted to restore it.
The issues they were dealing with, though big in their eyes at the moment, were quite normal of young love. The problem, I told them, is how easily these troubles could come back in much bigger and more hurtful ways if they don’t attend to them now.
My wife has a knack for being painfully honest. A few months ago I came home from work and was telling Christi about my day—who I talked to, what I did, and quite a bit about the projects I had cooking. Visibly irritated, and nearly in tears, Christi looked at me and was—well, painfully honest.
By Dr. Joshua Straub
Let’s be honest, we all do stupid things. And unless we’re teenage boys out on a Friday night with nothing to do, our intentions most likely were not to do that stupid act.
A recent viral craze has taken the social media landscape by storm—it’s called the Cold Water Challenge.
As I sat on the chair in our bedroom, reading, I looked over to see our 20-month-old son, Landon, enter the room. He got no more than three feet into the room before he stopped to notice a picture propped up on the wall. As Landon looked at the picture, I watched him lie down on his belly and lift his head to be face level with the image.
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Joshua Straub, Ph.D. is an author, speaker, family advocate and professor of child psychology. He is the president and cofounder of The Connextion Group, a company designed to empower parents, spouses and families. Josh speaks and writes on emotionally safe parents and spouses and the influence of technology on today's family. He is the author of Safe House: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well and along with his wife, Christi, is the producer and co-author of the video curriculum The Screen-Balanced Family: Six Secrets to a More Connected Family in the 21st Century. For more encouragement and ideas on marriage and parenting in the 21st century you can join Josh and a growing tribe of awesome families at www.joshuastraub.com and follow him on Twitter @joshuastraub or Facebook.
Josh and his Canadian wife Christi reside in Nashville, TN with their son, Landon, and daughter, Kennedy.
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