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Talking to Your Children about the Terror Attack in Manchester

by on May.24, 2017, under Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Learning, Parenting

The bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester is all the more horrible and deeply troubling because the target was an arena filled with adolescents and children of all ages.  Parents all over the world are left tongue tied when needing to answer what happened, why... Read more...
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It’s Not Bad for Parents to Disagree

by on May.06, 2017, under Child development, Communication, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting

It is no surprise to me how common it is for parents to have different beliefs, considering that marriage is a union of two people from different backgrounds. Each of us is the product of the environments in which we were raised and the life experiences we... Read more...
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Grappling with Presidential Prose

by on Feb.21, 2017, under Adolescents, Behavior, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting

Whether you hate or love President Trump’s politics, most parents agree that his behaviors and style of communication are not very presidential. With all the different goals parents have for their kids, there is one thing most parents share:  wanting our children to behave respectfully, politely, and within... Read more...
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“Is Santa Real, Mommy?”

by on Dec.04, 2016, under Communication, Holidays, Learning, Parenting, Sensitive Topics

One of the signs (sometimes laced with a bit of sadness) that your child is growing up is when the inevitable question comes, Is Santa real? While it seems so simple, it is one that puts many a parent into a tail spin.  What should I say?... Read more...
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Talking to Your Kids About the Election

by on Nov.09, 2016, under Adolescents, Child development, Communication, Environmental influences, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting

Certainly the outcome of the election gives new meaning to the words parents have told their growing children forever:  “You can be the president; anyone can be president.”  What an election surprise. Regardless of for whom you voted, many parents are wondering how to explain the election to... Read more...
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Unanticipated Lessons for our Kids from Donald Trump

by on Oct.13, 2016, under Adolescents, Behavior, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting, Uncategorized

Donald Trump’s latest lewd, (accidental?), hot-mike comments, his objectification of women, and his repeated out-of-control behaviors, his bullying have left us all scratching our heads mainly in disgust. How does anyone process this man?  And what is a parent to do when her kids are exposed to... Read more...
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My Top 15 Parenting Tips in Recognition of 15 years of Parenting Pathways, Inc.

by on Sep.11, 2016, under Behavior, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Expectations, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting

I have been working with families—teaching children, directing schools, and consulting with parents—for 45 years. Yikes!  Accompanying parents on their parenting pathways became my life’s work. As the years have crept by and I have worked with hundreds of families, a core set of beliefs has become... Read more...
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How to Parent a School Age Child

by on Sep.06, 2016, under Adolescents, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting

School has begun (at last!)  Every parent wants to help her child get off to a good start. Every parent wants her child to have a great school experience. Every parent wants to be the best parent of a student that she can be with her child’s... Read more...
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Smooth the Start to the New School Year 2016

by on Aug.03, 2016, under Adolescents, Behavior, Communication, Elementary School Children, Parenting, School, Transitions

Just thinking about the start of school can be stressful for kids. New teachers, new classrooms, new friends, new expectations, new routines.  On top of that,  getting back into the school year swing of things, the school day routines, is not only stress producing but it can... Read more...
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Talking to Kids about Racism, Law Enforcement, and Violence (in light of the Dallas Shootings)

by on Jul.13, 2016, under Behavior, Character traits, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting, Public Behavior, Safety, Sensitive Topics

How I wish I weren’t writing this particular blog…again. How I wish you didn’t need this blog…again.  How I wish I actually had an explanation for this madness. I don’t. There is no explanation. So how in the world do we explain it to our children? Too many... Read more...
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