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How do parents increase
their influence over the negative effects of mass media, the internet
and the rest of the outside world?
by Lisa Dunning, MA, MFT
The increasingly competitive economy
is creating an environment where parents are forced to spend longer
hours at work and fewer hours with their children. As a result,
outside influences have greater access and influence over our children
then ever before. The internet and the media are bringing the outside
world into your home; your child's peers; the influences on children
from movies and the music they listen to are growing in importance and
influence everyday, the negative effects of television violence to
children, negative effects marijuana, cigarettes, alcohol and some of
the heavier drugs are all having negative influences on child brain
development. If you are like most parents, you cannot afford to
decrease the amount of time at work to monitor their exposure.
Therefore, the quality of time you spend with your child is critical
to maximize your influence over the negative effects of the outside
What are the steps you can
take to learn how to increase your influence over the negative effects of mass media,
the internet and the rest of the outside
Some of the same
outside influences that can serve to harm your child can be used to help your
child. Get on
the internet or stop by the book store to educate yourself about parenting.
Learn the tools necessary
to raise a happy, responsible and productive child in a loving, safe and
nurturing environment. Other parents are a terrific source of support and ideas to help
increase your influence over the negative effects of the outside world. Contact
a psychotherapist in your area who offers support groups, parenting classes and
seminars. Be sure they are teaching useful parenting information.
Some topics to look for are Discipline vs. Punishment, Active
Communication, Reflective Listening and “I” Statements.
you or your children are in crisis, contact a psychotherapist who can provide individual and family therapy
to begin the healing process. See my article: How
to choose a therapist that's right for you.
Any of these articles by
Lisa Dunning, Family Therapist may be re-published in hardcopy
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|Lisa Dunning is a
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Specializing in
Parent/Child Relationship issues, the author of "Good
Parents Bad Parenting: How To Parent Together When Your
Parenting Styles Are Worlds Apart" and the host of her own
radio show, "Life Support". She provides marriage, divorce and parenting
sessions to clientele across the United States and Canada and provides expert
parenting advice to newspaper & magazine columnists. To learn
more about Lisa Dunning visit her website at http://www.LisaDunningMFT.com.