by Betsy on Jun.15, 2015, under Adolescents, Behavior, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Expectations, Learning, Parenting, School
:brain activities, learning fun, math activities in the summer, reading activities in the summer, Summer, summer fun, summer learning, writing activities in the summer
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...
by Betsy on May.22, 2015, under Adolescents, Communication, Elementary School Children, Learning, Parenting, Relationships, Sensitive Topics
:Birds and the Bees, kids questions about sex, questions about sex, sex and teens, sex and tweens, sex questions, sexuality, talking about sex; how to talk to kids about sex
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...
by Betsy on Apr.19, 2015, under Adolescents, Child development, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting, School
:downtime, extra curricular activities, meditate, meditating, meditation, mindful practice, Mindfulness; mindful, overscheduled kids, overscheduling kids, Stress, stressors
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...
by Betsy on Nov.03, 2013, under Behavior, Child development, Elementary School Children, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting, Sensitive Topics, Toddlers
:crying, double dip feelings, Emotional literacy, Emotions, Expressing feelings, Feelings, happiness, Sadness, teaching emotions, teaching feelings
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...
by Betsy on Oct.27, 2013, under Holidays, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting
:Dealing with Halloween candy, Halloween, Halloween candy, Trick-or-treating, What to do with left over Halloween candy
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...
by Betsy on Jul.22, 2013, under Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Child development, Environmental influences, Expectations, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting, Public Behavior, Toddlers
:Behaving in a restraurant, Kids behaving in restaurants, Kids eating out, Kids in restaurants, Kids learning to eat at restaurants, Lousy Local Conditions, Public Behavior, Restaurant behavior, Restaurant expectations
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...
by Betsy on Jun.10, 2013, under Adolescents, Attachment, Communication, Environmental influences, Expectations, Learning, Parenting, Relationships
:bike riding, dads, dads as teachers, Fathering, fathers, fathers as teachers, Little League, Little League parents, outsourcing parenting, Parenting, teaching a child baseball, teaching bike riding
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...
by Betsy on Jun.01, 2013, under Behavior, Character traits, Child development, Elementary School Children, Expectations, Learning, Parenting
:Motivating children, passion; finding passion; being passionate; cultivating passion; self esteem; buliding self esteem; children's self esteem; bagpipes; playing the bagpipes; learning the bagpipes; Irish Dance; Irish Da
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...
by Betsy on Apr.29, 2013, under Adolescents, Behavior, Character traits, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Expectations, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships, Sensitive Topics, Toddlers
:; modeling empathy, Empathy; Cultivating Empathy; Teaching children empathy; Expressing empathy; Children and empathy, Empathy; Teaching Empathy
Current research on the topic of empathy in children points to likelihood that infants as young as 6 months have the ability to demonstrate empathy. Whether or how empathy develops as the child grows is a whole different story. Here we go again, nature vs nurture. A... Read more...
by Betsy on Feb.03, 2013, under Adolescents, Behavior, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships, Sensitive Topics, Transitions
:Teaching about a pet's death; When a pet died: Putting a pet down; Putting a pet to sleep; Euthanasia; Teaching children about death; Pet's death; Pet dying;, Telling a child his pet has died;
“So, how do you handle the death of a pet when your child is older than 7 years?” asked a client after reading my previous blog, When a Pet Dies. Good question.
As children grow and mature, they begin to understand death differently. Children older than 7 years... Read more...
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