About Heather Johnson

Heather Ann Johnson is a homemaker, wife and mother. She and her husband have 4 children. She is an Adjunct Faculty member at Brigham Young University where she teaches students the principles behind successful families. Her blog, Family Volley, answers reader’s questions about families, marital relationships, and raising children. A firm believer that families should play together, Family Volley features a new activity or game for families every Friday. Heather is a former member of the PedSafe Expert team

Website: http://familyvolley.blogspot.com

Articles by Heather

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Rejection

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Rejection

Rejection is part of life. And although it is not fun, it is something that we all have to deal with. As parents, it is key for us to help our children understand rejection, long before it hits them, so that the situations don’t set them back, discourage them, or keep them from trying again. When your child is faced with rejection, don’t overreact. We need to sympathize with them, listen to them,... 

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Sex

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Sex

For most parents, the thought of having “the talk” makes our hands sweaty and our minds go blank. We are afraid of saying the wrong thing or saying too much or too little. There is not a set script. However, here are some guiding principles for you to consider when you sit down to talk to your children about sex. Set a foundation. Establish open lines of communication with our children early.... 

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Using Bad Language

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Using Bad Language

No parent likes to hear four letter words around the house, or potty talk during a play date. Talking to our children about the importance of appropriate words, can help put a stop to the foul language and dirty mouths. When bad words start appearing at your house, don’t overreact. This is what your child wants you to do. When we get upset and draw attention to the unacceptable words, our children... 

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Divorce

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Divorce

Divorce is a very sensitive subject. One that is hard for all parties involved. It can be especially difficult for parents to know how to talk to their children about such an adult subject. Adults need to realize that the way they talk about divorce will set the tone for how their children view, and handle the situation.  Do’s If possible, talk to your children about the divorce together as a family,... 

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Drugs

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Drugs

Regardless of where we live, or the age of our children, at some point, they are going to be exposed to, or hear about drugs. Remember… Unless we take the time to help our children sort through all the messages they are receiving, what they think about drugs can end up being far from the truth. We need to understand what drugs can do and what drugs are out there in front of our children. We must... 

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Difficult Subjects

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Difficult Subjects

As parents, we will have numerous opportunities to talk to our children about tough subjects. Topics like death, drugs, bullying and sex…it can be intimidating to know how to engage in these types of conversations. To make it even more challenging – talking to your children about drugs is a very different conversation than talking to your kids about death. That’s why we created the “How...