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Talking to Your Child About the Paris Attacks

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

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...
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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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Beyond the Birds and the Bees

by on May.22, 2015, under Parenting, Communication, Learning, Relationships, Adolescents, Sensitive Topics, Elementary School Children

It is always with great relief that moms and dads report back that explaining the birds and the bees to their elementary school age child wasn’t that bad. And despite their six year old's exclamation of "Eewww, gross!" at the mention of the man putting his penis... 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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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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All that Halloween Candy

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

In a well watched video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YQpbzQ6gzs)  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...
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Kids in Restaurants, Part 2: Lousy Local Conditions

by on Jul.22, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Environmental influences, Learning, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Toddlers, Child development, Public Behavior

Kids in Restaurants, Part 2: Lousy Local Conditions On Friday I lunched with a colleague at a “grown up” restaurant. The atmosphere was quiet and refined.  Seated right next to us was a family of three—mother, father, and, in-between them, their adorable 18 month old child. We wouldn’t even... Read more...
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Fathering is Interactive

by on Jun.10, 2013, under Attachment, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Learning, Relationships, Expectations, Adolescents

On a recent Saturday morning, my husband and I found ourselves at the local park, right in the middle of Little League play offs. Déjà vu!  It was thrilling to relive our now grown kids’ baseball days in the park—cheers echoing across the field, coaches calling out... Read more...
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Knowing Your Child

by on Jun.01, 2013, under Behavior, Parenting, Learning, Character traits, Expectations, Child development, Elementary School Children

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...
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