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+ Challenges of Parenting Today St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church Houston, TX – July 24, 2009. Yousry Armanios M.D. [email protected] But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (Joshua 24:15). The Seven Challenges. Selfishness Following Human Wisdom All Communication Problems

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challenges of parenting today st mary coptic orthodox church houston tx july 24 2009

+Challenges of Parenting TodaySt. Mary Coptic Orthodox ChurchHouston, TX – July 24, 2009

Yousry Armanios M.D.

[email protected]

the seven challenges
The Seven Challenges
  • Selfishness
  • Following Human Wisdom
  • All Communication Problems
  • Perfectionism
  • Unhealthy Family Dynamics
  • Depression & Worry
  • Addictive Behaviors
1 selfishness

1. Selfishness

What Does It Hide?

selfishness
Selfishness:
  • The Selfish Spouse
  • The Selfish Parent
consequences
Consequences
  • NO LOVE!
  • Lack of Role-Modeling
  • Stumbling Stones
  • Selfish Children
2 following human wisdom

2. Following Human Wisdom

When We Believe in Human Idols

stereotypes of human idols
Stereotypes of Human Idols
  • The way I was raised was the best!
  • Believing in the “Egyptian Way”
  • Believing in the “Upper Egyptian Way”
  • Believing in the Liberal American Way
  • A Big Myth: “Spoil Them to Keep Them”!
  • I Don’t Believe in Counseling or Science!
  • An Hour for God; An Hour for Heart
3 communication

3. Communication

It’s All About Communication!

communication is about love
Communication is about Love!
  • Communication is about Feelings
  • All Suffer from Communication Problems
  • When a Spouse or a Parent is Absent
  • When We Deliver the Wrong Messages
4 perfectionism

4. Perfectionism

Away from the Perfect One!

perfectionism the two evils
Perfectionism & the Two Evils!

"My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me,   the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns,        broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (Jeremiah 2:13)

the trap of perfectionism
The Trap of Perfectionism
  • Our Priorities
  • Our Objectives & Goals
  • The Illusion of Perfection
  • Detachment from Our Children
  • Emptiness: Filled with Fantasy
  • Anxiety: More of Addictive Behaviors
  • Depression: Lack of Self-Confidence
5 unhealthy family dynamics

5. Unhealthy Family Dynamics

The Problems of Bonding

common mistakes
Common Mistakes
  • Too Much Closeness from Day One
  • My Dad’s Favorite; My Mom’s Favorite
  • Spoiling vs. Violence
  • Child Raised by Someone Else
  • The Guilt & Shame “Package”
  • Child Neglect
  • Child Abuse
6 worry depression

6. Worry & Depression

Are You Depressed?

Are You Worried?

we are so much worried today
We are so much worried today!
  • When We Lose Touch with God & Reality
  • When We Don’t Compliment Each Other
  • When We Go by the Letter
  • We Pass Worry to Our Children!
the 4 d s of depression
The 4 D’s of Depression
  • Disturbed Feelings
  • Distorted Thinking
  • Destructive Actions
  • Dysfunctional Life
how does depression hurt
How Does Depression Hurt?
  • "I feel sad all the time."
  • "I don’t like myself any more."
  • "I no more enjoy being with anyone.”
  • “I don’t enjoy doing things like before.”
  • "I\'ve been having trouble with my sleep.”
  • "I keep having aches and pains."
  • "I often feel like my life is not worth living."
7 addictive behaviors

7. Addictive Behaviors

Are You Still In Control?

issues of loss of control
Issues of Loss of Control
  • Teaching Delaying Gratification
  • Impulsiveness
  • Temper Problems & Violence
  • Making Bad Decisions
  • Falling Victims of Addictions
  • Self-Destructive Behaviors
  • Leaving God for a different one!
their essential needs
Their Essential Needs
  • Balanced “Tough” Love
  • Undefeatable Hope
  • “Godly” Unconditional Acceptance
  • “Godly” Unconditional Forgiveness
  • Channels to Express Their Feelings
  • Spirituality, rather than Religiosity
  • Socializing with the “Abstinence-Oriented”
please help them
Please, Help Them:
  • Feel Safe, Secure & Significant
  • To Raise Their Self-Awareness
  • Learn How to Deal with Reality
  • Manage with the Future
  • Become a Leaders, not Followers
  • Feel Spiritually Gratified
  • Find Happiness in Christ
finally give them hope please

Finally:Give Them Hope, Please!

“With God, All Things Are Possible”

(Mark 10:27)

thank you q a
Thank You!Q & A

Contact Information

Dr. Yousry Armanios

[email protected]

614-327-8289 (M)

614-777-1251 (H)

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