Now quite often what is called a role change occurs when parents expect the child to fill their emotional vacuum, lack of sincere cordial communication. Although this can happen in any family, it is most often found in single-parent families.
Some single parents establish relationships with their teens similar to trusting relationships between friends or colleagues. This is because they have no one to share their adult problems with.
Due to loneliness, dissatisfaction, depression or other problems, single parents sometimes simply can not treat their teens as peers. They want to entrust their children with personal problems that they are not yet ready to comprehend. Such parents strive to become “best friends” of their children, instead of establishing normal relationships for them. Continue reading
In a survey conducted in America in 1989, it turned out that 26% of children under the age of 18 live with one parent. And this figure is growing rapidly. More than 50% of newborns will spend at least part of their childhood in a single-parent family.
Today, many are convinced that a mother or father alone cannot raise a child as successfully as a complete family can. David Clevenger’s article “Parenting in the ’90s,” published in September 1992 in the journal Facets of the American Medical Society, proves the opposite. According to Clevenger, decades of research show that “nothing prevents a single parent from being a good parent. Continue reading
These cases from my practice show that unregulated relationships between spouses cause problems in adolescents. Every teenager needs parents whose marriage is reliable, full of mutual respect and love.
And the ability to express one’s emotions, especially negative ones, is crucial in marital relationships. An honest, frank conversation means a lot in difficult moments of stressful situations and can even determine whether the marriage will be durable or not.
Over the course of my own family life, I have repeatedly realized how important mutual understanding in Continue reading