by Betsy on May.22, 2015, under Adolescents, Communication, Elementary School Children, Learning, Parenting, Relationships, Sensitive Topics
:Birds and the Bees, kids questions about sex, questions about sex, sex and teens, sex and tweens, sex questions, sexuality, talking about sex; how to talk to kids about sex
It is always with great relief that moms and dads report back that explaining the birds and the bees to their elementary school age child wasn’t that bad. And despite their six year old's exclamation of "Eewww, gross!" at the mention of the man putting his penis... Read more...
by Betsy on Apr.19, 2015, under Adolescents, Child development, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting, School
:downtime, extra curricular activities, meditate, meditating, meditation, mindful practice, Mindfulness; mindful, overscheduled kids, overscheduling kids, Stress, stressors
Mindfulness is the rage in Los Angeles. Mindful eating, mindful interactions, mindful relationships, mindful communication, mindful parenting. There is mindfulness for kids: Teaching kids to become mindful; mindfulness as an antidote to bullying; mindful learning in school; using mindfulness to enhance peer relationships, and on and on.
Mindfulness... Read more...
by Betsy on Apr.01, 2015, under Adolescents, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting
:alcohol consumption, allowing kids to drink. trying alcohol, teens and alcohol, Teens and drinking, underage drinking
(First published in 2010)
The journey of raising a teen is fraught with challenges. Not only is his natural development tricky, but a teen’s world is filled with societal influences of all kinds, alcohol being just one.
Alcohol is on everyone’s minds: Tweens and teens want to try it,... Read more...
by Betsy on Jan.06, 2015, under Adolescents, Communication, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting, Safety, Sensitive Topics
:Talking to children about homelessness; homelessness; homeless people; fear about homeless people
With ever increasing numbers of homeless in our cities, it is not surprising that young children are asking questions. Whether it is someone in the street asking each car for money, someone pushing a cart overflowing with possessions, or a person forlornly propped up against a building,... Read more...
by Betsy on Aug.13, 2014, under Adolescents, Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Communication, Elementary School Children, Expectations, Parenting, School, Transitions
:Back to school, regressions, regressive behavior, school after summer, School transitions, starting school, unexpected behavior
Summer time, and the livin’ is easy, as the song goes.
And there it went! There can be a whole lot more to starting school than starting school. Whether a child is beginning preschool, third grade, middle or high school, after a long summer or just an... Read more...
by Betsy on Mar.17, 2014, under Adolescents, Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Expectations, Parent modeling, Parenting
:It'snot fair; That's not fair; Fairness; What does fair mean?; Treating children the same; Treating children equally; Treating siblings equally; Delaying gratification; Tolerating disappointment
“It’s not fair!” Can’t you just hear the whiney tone that delivers that exclamation? I’ve yet to meet a parent whose child hasn’t at some point or other protested “That’s not faaaiiiiiirrrr?” (Note the drawn out faaaiiiirrrr, added for extra impact on you, the parent.)
As common and... Read more...
by Betsy on Feb.10, 2014, under Adolescents, Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Character traits, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Expectations, Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships, Toddlers
:Children and older people, Children and rest homes, Cultivating Empathy; teaching children empathy; moeding empathy; Expressing emapthy; children and empathy, Empathy, taking children to rest homes
Cultivating empathy is a hot topic in the parenting world. Current research has demonstrated that children under a year not only have the capacity for empathy but actually exhibit empathy. (Regarding infants: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201306/empathy-appears-in-infancy-varies-age-and-gender Regarding toddlers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX6krHsZA_w .)
But parents, usually not educated to recognize and encourage this trait... Read more...
by Betsy on Sep.10, 2013, under Adolescents, Behavior, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Parenting, Peers, School, Sensitive Topics, Transitions
:I dont want to go to school, Not wanting to go to school, Refusing to go to school, School, School Attendance, School Avoidance
Now that the school year has begun, it won’t be long before one morning you’ll awaken to the declaration, “I don’t want to go to school.” It’s a cry, actually more of a plea, which every parent is likely to face at least once, if not ten... Read more...
by Betsy on Jun.10, 2013, under Adolescents, Attachment, Communication, Environmental influences, Expectations, Learning, Parenting, Relationships
:bike riding, dads, dads as teachers, Fathering, fathers, fathers as teachers, Little League, Little League parents, outsourcing parenting, Parenting, teaching a child baseball, teaching bike riding
On a recent Saturday morning, my husband and I found ourselves at the local park, right in the middle of Little League play offs. Déjà vu! It was thrilling to relive our now grown kids’ baseball days in the park—cheers echoing across the field, coaches calling out... Read more...
by Betsy on Apr.29, 2013, under Adolescents, Behavior, Character traits, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Expectations, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships, Sensitive Topics, Toddlers
:; modeling empathy, Empathy; Cultivating Empathy; Teaching children empathy; Expressing empathy; Children and empathy, Empathy; Teaching Empathy
Current research on the topic of empathy in children points to likelihood that infants as young as 6 months have the ability to demonstrate empathy. Whether or how empathy develops as the child grows is a whole different story. Here we go again, nature vs nurture. A... Read more...
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