Challenge of parenting

Depression in children and adolescents

Challenge of parenting Stresfull events Topics The truth is that depression does not affect only adults, but children and adolescents, too. Depression is a disease as are diabetes, or high blood pressure. It is believed to be the disease of the future. World Health Organisation estimates that it will soon become the second public health issue in the world.

Published: 04.04.2017. | Read more >

We are celebrating the Safer Internet Day: Protecting the safety of children growing up in the online world

Challenge of parenting Topics On the occasion of the Safer Internet Day, which is on 7 February this year, celebrated under the motto "Be the change: Unite for a better Internet", we have prepared a short memorandum about the most important guidelines for parents to protect children in the online world.

Published: 07.02.2017. | Read more >

GROWING UP ON THE INTERNET: Restoring childhood safety

Challenge of parenting Nowadays generations of children and youth are growing up immersed in the virtual world. Their constant connection to the Internet has been confirmed by a recent study conducted by the Brave Phone and the Child Protection Centre of Zagreb. It shows that 99% of the youth have an access to the Internet, and that as many of them as 84% access the Internet via their mobile phones. High percentage (93) of children have a profile on Facebook, and 68% of them opened a profile before they were 13.

Published: 11.10.2016. | Read more >

Your adolescent is exposed to partner abuse: How to talk about it

Challenge of parenting Adolescence is a period when young people are finally separating from their primary family, they are not children any more and not adults yet. Young people feel a strong urge for independence and making decisions about themselves and their lives. Consistent with developmental processes, they strongly resist advice from adults.

Published: 11.10.2016. | Read more >

GROWING UP ON THE INTERNET: Restoring childhood safety

Challenge of parenting Topics Nowadays generations of children and youth are growing up immersed in the virtual world. Their constant connection to the Internet has been confirmed by a recent study conducted by the Brave Phone and the Child Protection Centre of Zagreb. It shows that 99% of the youth have an access to the Internet, and that as many of them as 84% access the Internet via their mobile phones. High percentage (93) of children have a profile on Facebook, and 68% of them opened a profile before they were 13.

Published: 30.08.2016. | Read more >

Why is the Number of Children Diagnosed with Autism on the Increase?

Challenge of parenting Topics Awareness of a need of adequate diagnostic tests increased with increasing knowledge about autism. It has led to an increase of the number of newly diagnosed patients. In Denmark, diagnostic criteria were expanded in 1994.

Published: 09.05.2016. | Read more >

How to respond when our child wants to quit an extra-curricular activity

Challenge of parenting Parents often ask themselves what to do when their child announces that s/he wants to quit attending certain extra-curricular activity. Is it all right to stop attending it? When is it all right to stop attending it? What to do when s/he returns home from the extra-curricular activity (s/he until recently insisted to take up) and says "It's terrible and I don't want to go there any more!" Should we support our child and let him/her withdraw from the activity the moment s/he expresses dissatisfaction?

Published: 05.05.2013. | Read more >

Parenting stress

Challenge of parenting Topics Talking about parenting, first thoughts and feelings lead us to one of the most important roles in the lives of men and women. That is exactly why that role and the time of parenthood, apart from positive experience, is a time of conflict, dilemma, insecurity, drop in satisfaction in other areas of life, in other words, it is a tough period in life. In addition, there is stress in other various areas of life: stress at work, stress due to changes in life, stress in everyday situations…

Published: 21.04.2013. | Read more >

Adequate choice of leisure activities for your child

It is important to bear in mind that among so many requirements for the best education, participation in sports, mastering various skills, the key requirement of childhood–family life, should not be neglected.

Challenge of parenting Topics Organised leisure activities stimulate child's social development, provide opportunities for practice and new skills acquisition and are most often entertaining for children. Insecure and withdrawn children, as well as children with lower self-esteem are prone to evaluate themselves through success in these activities while children with good academic achievement who have much free time mostly spent in front of their computer or TV, should be motivated to do something creative, stimulating and useful so that they can spend quality leisure time.

Published: 06.03.2012. | Read more >

How to talk about money with children

Challenge of parenting One of the best ways of explaining money matters is to genuinely listen to the questions asked by your children and to use these questions in initiating a meaningful conversation. Answers like ‘That’s not a good question!’ send a message that there is something wrong about money. Here are some possible answers to common questions [...]

Published: 21.04.2011. | Read more >

What parents should know about Internet

How can parents and other adults reduce risks that their children may be exposed to on the Internet

Challenge of parenting It is not rare that adults attenuate the dangers a child can encounter. If the child does not say it, we are prone to thinking that children are safe. It may be difficult for adults to talk about these dangers, and sometimes adults, parents and teachers actually do not protect the child, but protect themselves from difficult issues. This is why it is important that parents are familiar with and aware of the dangers children may encounter while using the Internet.

Published: 16.04.2008. | Read more >

Raising a non-violent child

Parents, by raising children in safe homes and with abundant love, have a very important role in reducing violence.

Challenge of parenting Research has shown that violent and aggressive behaviour is acquired at an early age. Parents, family members and all involved may teach the child how to cope with feelings of anger without the use of violence. We can all take steps to reduce violent behaviour. These suggestions are designed for parents so they can contribute in preventing and reducing violence. Parents, by raising children in safe homes and with abundant love, have a very important role in reducing violence.

Published: 16.04.2008. | Read more >

How to improve children’s social skills

Challenge of parenting Parents are the most influential model for their children who thus learn various social roles and skills, developing self-confidence. This means that if you are not tolerant, hardworking and sincere, peace loving and similar, you should not expect it from your children, either. It is not sufficient to tell children that they should be kind, generous and so on, to teach children social skills. Situations in which children can learn and acquire these skills have to be meaningful and pre-arranged. Neither is it sufficient to talk about what is not allowed and what they are doing wrong. On the contrary, it is extremely important to tell them when they have done something good.

Published: 12.04.2008. | Read more >