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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]


But as for me and my house we will serve the lord

But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD

(Joshua 24:15)


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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