Follow Betsy on Twitter Like Betsy on Facebook

Environmental influences

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...
:, , , , 1 Comment

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...
:, , , , , , , , , , , Leave a Comment

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...
:, , , , , , , , , Leave a Comment

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...
:, , , , , , , , , , Leave a Comment

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...
Leave a Comment

Do As I Do, Not As I Say!

by on May.19, 2016, under Adolescents, Behavior, Character traits, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting

“I’m going to punish you” admonished the 4 year old “mommy” to her 4 year old “daughter,” both children at play in the “Housekeeping Center” of their preschool classroom. That is my favorite place to observe kids at work, reenacting scenes from their lives. “Playing” out their real... Read more...
:, , , , , , Leave a Comment

No More Tattling!

by on Mar.13, 2016, under Adolescents, Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Communication, Discipline, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Expectations, Parenting, Relationships

In case you didn’t know, tattling should be illegal in your family. Many parents don’t realize that. When parents come to me for help with their kids’ fighting, I always ask is if their kids are tattletales. Just about 100% of the time the answer is YES! And... Read more...
:, , , , , , , Leave a Comment

Talking to Your Children About the LAUSD School Closure

by on Dec.15, 2015, under Adolescents, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting, Safety, School, Sensitive Topics

Boy, do I ever dislike having to write this, the safety threat which caused the Los Angeles Unified School District wide school closure today, December 15, 2015 But to help you and all our children, may I remind you of a few things. 1. No one knows all the... Read more...
:, , , 2 Comments

Talking to Your Child About the Paris Attacks

by on Nov.15, 2015, under Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Learning, Parenting, Safety, Sensitive Topics

Sadly and not surprisingly, I have received a rash of emails from parents wondering how to explain to their children the heinous, violent terrorism that happened in Paris. These were parents of children of all ages. How I wish one could actually explain something that is so monstrous... Read more...
:, , , , , , , , , Leave a Comment




MOST RECENT BLOG POSTS