by Betsy on Nov.19, 2013, under Behavior, Character traits, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Holidays, Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships
:experiences as gifts, gift giving, gifts from grandparents, grandchildren and grandparents, grandparents' gifts, holiday gift giving, holiday gifts, limiting gift giving, limits on gifts
There is a dilemma that accompanies the winter holiday season that is rarely discussed out loud. It certainly is a topic that is dominating my parenting groups this month. That is, how do parents deal with grandparents who want to do as they please with their grandchildren... Read more...
by Betsy on Jun.01, 2013, under Behavior, Character traits, Child development, Elementary School Children, Expectations, Learning, Parenting
:Motivating children, passion; finding passion; being passionate; cultivating passion; self esteem; buliding self esteem; children's self esteem; bagpipes; playing the bagpipes; learning the bagpipes; Irish Dance; Irish Da
It isn’t usually until the fall that I begin to hear chatter about parents wanting their kids to find their passion, who are eager to enroll their kids in specialized, extra curricular classes. I have already weighed in on this topic, kids finding passion. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/betsy-brown-braun/finding-their-passion-rea_b_991621.html. Eye roll.
But... 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...
by Betsy on Mar.11, 2013, under Adolescents, Attachment, Character traits, Communication, Elementary School Children, Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships, Sensitive Topics
:parenting; parent modeling; parent presence; parental presence; time spent with kids; fathering; fathers and kids; paying attention to kids; being present with kids; spending time with kids; iphones a, what is important for kids; what kids want
I’ve just returned from a funeral. A friend’s husband, father of five, died way before his time was up. And it was a five Kleenex affair.
My mirror neurons, the ones that make you match the emotions of others, were hard at work. (You know when someone yawns,... Read more...
by Betsy on Sep.09, 2012, under Behavior, Character traits, Child development, Communication, Environmental influences, Expectations, Holidays, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting, Toddlers
:Building character, Character traits, Children observing, Doing the right thing, Jewish High Holidays, Parent modeling
The mother unwrapped the straw, poked it into the little box, and handed the drink to her toddler as they walked out of the grocery store. The sliver of straw paper slipped from the mother’s hand. I doubt that she even noticed it.
Rolling my grocery cart back... Read more...
by Betsy on Aug.27, 2012, under Character traits, Child development, Communication, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting, Sensitive Topics
:The Odd Life of Timothy Green; Laughing at children; age appropriate movies; common sense media; boys who cry; raising sensitive boys; respectful parenting; respecting children
The viral video of the two boys emoting after seeing The Odd Life of Timothy Green made my blood boil. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aFV1r45sAQ In the video two boys, perhaps 7 and 9 years old, are crying as they try to discuss the movie they had just seen, and the... Read more...
by Betsy on Jul.25, 2012, under Adolescents, Brat-Proofing, Character traits, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Expectations, Learning, Parenting
:Family & Technology, How Much TV Kids Can Watch, Lessons From Sports, Olympic Lessons, Olympics, Parenting advice, Screentime, Summer Olympics 2012, Tv Rules, Watching Olympics on TV, Watching TV With Kids
Olympic fever is starting to rise, and here is the good news: There are enough benefits to watching the Olympics as a family that you can throw your standard TV rules out the window. Beyond sheer entertainment, there’s much to be learned by watching the games on... Read more...
by Betsy on Nov.14, 2011, under Character traits, Holidays, Parent modeling, Parenting
:Thanksgiving; Giving; Sharing; Charity; Philanthropy;Teaching charity
There isn't a school around that doesn't step up the giving spirit as Thanksgiving and the winter holidays approach. Mini vans are jammed with cans of corn and candied yams to replenish the city's depleted food pantry shelves. Bags upon bags of gently used clothing are distributed... Read more...
by Betsy on Nov.06, 2011, under Brat-Proofing, Character traits, Parent modeling, Parenting
:Parenting; Parent modeling; Communication; Hypocrisy; Honesty; Be the Person;
(Posted for the second time...that;s how important this one is!)
“You will not believe this story,” began the email from a client who had just returned from family services for the Jewish New Year. She described the mother and three children sitting next to her own family. “She... Read more...
by Betsy on Aug.07, 2011, under Character traits, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting, Toddlers
:Beliefs, Compassion, Gender Orientation, judgement, kindness, Parent as teacher, Parent bad behavior, Parenting, tolerance, Values
Young children notice difference. As they try to make sense of their world, they pay attention to regularity and irregularity, what is familiar and what is not. And there is no judgment involved, just recognition of difference. Truth be told, most people notice difference. It’s no big... Read more...
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