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Grandparents and Gift Giving: An Unspoken December Dilemma

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

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 that Halloween Candy

by on Oct.27, 2013, under Holidays, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting

In a well watched video (  Jimmy Kimmel shows kids’ reactions to the news that their parents have eaten all their Halloween candy. Kimmel claims he was surprised to see how really upset many kids were. Not I! Kids love their Halloween candy. I repeat, they LOVE... Read more...

Time Release Gifts

by on Dec.02, 2012, under Adolescents, Child development, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Expectations, Holidays, Parenting, Relationships, Toddlers

Chanukah is around the corner, and there are just three weeks until Christmas. The world is kicking into high gear for the holidays. It’s inescapable. The media, advertisers, merchants are targeting our children and us, pointing us towards their ultimate goal:  buy buy buy. It’s no wonder... Read more...

You Are Who You Are When No One is Looking

by on Sep.09, 2012, under Behavior, Character traits, Child development, Communication, Environmental influences, Expectations, Holidays, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting, Toddlers

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...
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Whose Birthday Party Is It?

by on Jan.23, 2012, under Brat-Proofing, Child development, Expectations, Holidays, Parenting

I might hold the record for having given the most single birthday parties. Each of my kids (triplets) had his/her own party from age two years old on up. It’s not that I am a glutton for punishment; it’s that there’s not much that is all yours... Read more...

The Un-Resolution

by on Dec.31, 2011, under Child development, Communication, Environmental influences, Holidays, Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships

I don’t like New Year’s resolutions. They scream failure. It doesn’t start that way. But inevitably the best laid plans… Two weeks into that new diet, that exercise routine, that tidy bedroom, and it’s back to square one and self-flagellation. Oh well, maybe next year. That doesn’t mean... Read more...

Holiday Envy

by on Dec.17, 2011, under Child development, Communication, Holidays, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting

Let’s face it, Christmas is everywhere. Even in cities heavily populated by Chanukah celebrants, Christmas rules, as the streets are dressed in sparkles and twinkle lights and red and green and fa la la.   It’s no wonder that cries of “I want to have a Christmas tree!”... Read more...

“Is Santa Real, Mommy?”

by on Dec.04, 2011, 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...

The Habit of Giving

by on Nov.14, 2011, under Character traits, Holidays, Parent modeling, Parenting

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...

Whose Halloween is it?

by on Oct.17, 2011, under Holidays, Parenting

Yesterday I watched a neighbor’s nanny drape the front shrubs with that spider webby stuff in anticipation of Halloween. Such fun, I thought.  Then I noticed her charges, two little guys ages 8 and 5 were right there…watching. As far as I could tell, their job was... Read more...