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Extinguishing Fire Worries

by on Dec.08, 2017, under Communication, Elementary School Children, Parenting, Safety, School, Sensitive Topics, Toddlers

Not only is the prospect of a house burning down terrifying to a child (and everyone!), but so are many of the accompanying variables disruptive and disconcerting. The fires in the Los Angeles area have driven home this reality.  Fires are destroying homes; the wind is the... Read more...
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Watch Your Words: A lessons for kids

by on Nov.15, 2017, under Behavior, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Parent modeling, Parenting

My client was mortified. She had just received a call from the teacher saying that her 8-year-old son called his good friend a “butt hole” while on the playground. Even though the teacher had only overheard the comment, the parent had to be told how inappropriate her... Read more...
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Gratitude Beyond Thanksgiving

by on Nov.02, 2017, under Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Character traits, Child development, Communication, Environmental influences, Holidays, Parent modeling, Parenting

Each year as Thanksgiving approaches, there is an mighty uptick in the gratitude discussions at school. Gratitude awareness fills the mommy blogsphere. And parents begin to think about the need for cultivating more gratitude in their spoiled kids…especially as the season of gimme is right around the... Read more...
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Good Medicine in Difficult Times

by on Oct.13, 2017, under Adolescents, Behavior, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting, Safety, Sensitive Topics, Toddlers

Each day I awaken wary of the new bad news that day will bring. I know I am not the only one who feels like we are living in apocalyptic times. Fires are ravaging California; Harvey, Irma and Maria made landfall and decimated parts of Texas, Florida... Read more...
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Do You Undermine Your Discipline?

by on Aug.21, 2017, under Adolescents, Behavior, Communication, Elementary School Children, Expectations, Parenting

For forever Lisa has been cutting my hair every 4 weeks. I have watched her two kids grow up, hearing her many tales and dishing out my advice. My hair looks great, and Lisa is a terrific parent. The proof is in the pudding. Today I got my... Read more...
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Smooth the Start to the New School Year 2017

by on Aug.11, 2017, 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 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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