Single Mom Relationships: How to Fix a Relationship

Raising Your Family IQ

She wanted to know how it felt to kill someone. . .This was the confession of 15 year old Alyssa Bustamante in 2009 after perpetrating  the cold blooded murder of 9-year-old, Elizabeth Olten.  The now 18-year-old Missouri teen was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after being condemned by her own record of events.  Court documents show that the 15-year-old killed Elizabeth, disposed of her body, documented her excitement in a diary and then headed off to a church dance.
What I find so gut wrenching about this story is not just the senseless, unprovoked nature of the killing.  What literally outraged me was the lack of remorse and lack of respect for human life.  The diary account of Alyssa’s thoughts and feelings after orchestrating this tragedy indicated that she did give her actions a second thought, but quickly got over it as the thrill of hurting someone took over.What I wonder in many cases like this, is what type of relationship did this girl have with her parents?  While we know that Alyssa was taking medication in her treatment for depression over a number of years, there was no mention of any psychotherapy that typically should accompany this type of treatment.  Even so, parents are the first line of defense when it comes to protecting children from harming themselves or harming others.
In order to detect minute changes in personality and behavior, it is essential to be in tune with our children and all of their habits.  The only way to effectively master the skills of relationship management, is to engage in credible, time tested education on relationship building.  In single parent families, there is often little time to make the connections that are needed to pick up the slight shifts in our kids’ lives. Missing a sign here or a yellow flag there can lead to bigger problems down the road. Even though many of us don’t have the time to enroll in a parenting course at a local university, there are other options.



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With the changes in technology, there are online parenting courses that are right at our fingertips no matter where we are or how our schedules run.

One such course is Family IQ, one that Single Mom Weekly proudly endorses.  This online course allows parents to build on their parenting skill set one online course at a time.  With Family IQ, you will learn:
  • How to build and strengthen healthy relationships
  • How to fix a relationship
  • Relationship Stages
  • How to manage teen relationships
  • Advice on dating as a single mom
  • Advice on solo parenting
  • How to strengthen communication skills
  • Advice on blended marriages
  • How to manage single mom depression
  • And more
What is Family IQ?
Family IQ began ten years ago by offering state-of-the-art family skill building tools to treatment programs and therapists wanting to improve family relationships.  Over the last decade, Family IQ has made its content, tools and technology available to not only the therapeutic community, but also to large employers and wellness programs who likewise are dedicated to improving families. The Family IQ System has been endorsed and featured by nationally acclaimed top media experts:
The Family IQ system consists of patented tools and technology that empowers parents and families to make dramatic and rewarding improvements while having fun together. Family IQ gets its name from their nationally acclaimed assessment known as the Family IQ Test.  This assessment measures nine key components of family functioning and provides you with a customized step-by-step plan to learn and build skills that will strengthen your family relationships. 
The tools consist of online courses, tests, articles, activity sheets, audio lectures, seminars, workshops, and the list goes on.  We like to say, “It’s the manual for raising a family that you never received!”  Take a moment to take the Free Assessment brought to you by Single Mom Weekly. Know where your family relationships stand.


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