by Betsy on Nov.19, 2013, under Behavior, Character traits, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Holidays, Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships
:experiences as gifts, gift giving, gifts from grandparents, grandchildren and grandparents, grandparents' gifts, holiday gift giving, holiday gifts, limiting gift giving, limits on gifts
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...
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 Jul.17, 2013, under Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Child development, Communication, Discipline, Environmental influences, Expectations, Parent modeling, Parenting, Public Behavior, Toddlers
:kids in restaurants; restaurant behavior; taking children to restaurants; misbehaving in restaurants; expectations for restaurants; public behavior; eating out;; taking kids to eat out; families at re
Our dinner at a local sushi restaurant was a bit earlier than we usually dine. So I casually mentioned to my husband that we might overlap “family time” at the eatery. But we decided that it wouldn’t be a problem; we both love kids. Little did we... 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 Mar.11, 2013, under Adolescents, Attachment, Character traits, Communication, Elementary School Children, Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships, Sensitive Topics
:parenting; parent modeling; parent presence; parental presence; time spent with kids; fathering; fathers and kids; paying attention to kids; being present with kids; spending time with kids; iphones a, what is important for kids; what kids want
I’ve just returned from a funeral. A friend’s husband, father of five, died way before his time was up. And it was a five Kleenex affair.
My mirror neurons, the ones that make you match the emotions of others, were hard at work. (You know when someone yawns,... 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...
by Betsy on Jan.29, 2013, under Behavior, Child development, Communication, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships, Sensitive Topics
:Animal death, Death, Dying, Learning about death, Putting a dog down, Putting a dog to sleep, When dogs die, When pets die
More times that I can count, I have received a call from a parent saying sadly,“We have to put our dog down. I just can imagine what I am going to say to my little boy.” And every single time I kick myself for not including such... Read more...
by Betsy on Dec.15, 2012, under Adolescents, Communication, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting, Safety, School, Sensitive Topics
:Connecticut killings; Talking to kids about Connecticut; Safety; Child Safety;, Explaining Connecticut tragedy
There are no good words to explain to anyone—let alone to kids—what happened at the elementary school in Connecticut this morning. The horrific incident is every parent’s worst nightmare, unfathomable and unspeakable. The air is heavy with the horror. The president of our country wept during his... Read more...
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