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Get Ready for the New School Year!

by on Aug.08, 2015, under Behavior, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Learning, School, Expectations, Child development, Adolescents, Transitions, Elementary School Children

It's mid-August... that means summer vacation is creeping to an end, depending upon your child's first day of school. For some it even starts next week. Summer time and the livin' was easy! Just thinking about the start of school can be stressful for kids. New teachers, new... Read more...
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Keeping Your Kids’ Brains Active in the Summer

by on Jun.15, 2015, under Behavior, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Learning, School, Expectations, Child development, Adolescents, Elementary School Children

When kids think about summer vacation, it’s all about no school, no homework, no have-to’s, and these days, lots of tech time,  When parents think about summer it’s often, “What can I do to keep their brains from atrophying?”   It is not surprising to learn how much... Read more...
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Unplugging

by on Apr.19, 2015, under Parent modeling, Parenting, Environmental influences, Learning, School, Child development, Adolescents, Elementary School Children

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...
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Hurrying is the Enemy

by on Oct.13, 2014, under Behavior, Parenting, Communication, Relationships, Expectations, Toddlers, Child development, Transitions

The outing to Starbucks with our two year old grandtoddler was perfect. Not a glitch.   No screaming, no crying, no collapsing into a heap, no refusal to walk, no running into the street, no running away.   And not one single tantrum.  The joys of being a grandparent. ... Read more...
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The Problem with “It’s Not Fair.”

by on Mar.17, 2014, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Child development, Adolescents, Elementary School Children

“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...
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Empathy is a Two Way Street

by on Feb.10, 2014, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Relationships, Brat-Proofing, Character traits, Expectations, Toddlers, Child development, Adolescents, Elementary School Children

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...
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Grandparents and Gift Giving: An Unspoken December Dilemma

by on Nov.19, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Relationships, Character traits, Child development, Holidays, Elementary School Children

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...
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All Kinds of Feelings: A Child’s Emotional Literacy

by on Nov.03, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Learning, Toddlers, Child development, Sensitive Topics, Elementary School Children

In the video, Emotional Baby is Moved to Tears by Mom’s Singing, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/29/emotional-baby-moved-to-tears-by-moms-singing_n_4173272.html?utm_hp_ref=parents&ir=Parents?utm_hp_ref=parents&ir=Parents, we witness the power of emotion in even the youngest of babies. At only 10 months old, the baby’s deep feelings spill over in the form of tears when he hears his mother’s beautiful... Read more...
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“I Don’t Want To Go To School!”

by on Sep.10, 2013, under Behavior, Parenting, Communication, School, Peers, Child development, Adolescents, Sensitive Topics, Transitions, Elementary School Children

 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...
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