Ask Dr. Elia: Parenting is like bowling

In the past weeks, I have received several questions from parents about how to become more effective. So many parents (especially moms) feel overwhelmed by the daily demands.

Trying to raise children in today's society is not an easy task. Our children are being pulled from all sides by a multitude of distractions, different moral values and just plain evil. They have so many demands to meet, and at times it's difficult to know when to give in and when to say no.

The first thing to determine, of course, is which of those demands qualify as a need versus a want. As a parent, taking care of our children's needs is a part of the job; fulfilling all their wants however, is actually hazardous to their (and our) overall health — physically, emotionally and spiritually.

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