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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Politicians Behaving Badly: Talking to Kids About the Election

by on Apr.13, 2016, under Adolescents, Behavior, Character traits, Communication, Elementary School Children, Learning, Parenting, Public Behavior

Kids of all ages are getting a whiff of election politics at its worst. It’s unavoidable. I'll bet you think I am going to say, “Shelter them! Turn off the radio, TV, computer.” Not this time. This 2016 presidential election (which seems interminable) is an opportunity. It is... Read more...
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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...
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Get Ready for the New School Year!

by on Aug.08, 2015, under Adolescents, Behavior, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Expectations, Learning, Parenting, School, Transitions

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 Adolescents, Behavior, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Expectations, Learning, Parenting, School

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 Adolescents, Communication, Elementary School Children, Learning, Parenting, Relationships, Sensitive Topics

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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