by Betsy on May.15, 2013, under Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Parenting, Public Behavior, Relationships, Safety, Sensitive Topics, Toddlers
:Abduction, Amanda Berry, Ariel Castro, Asking for help, Child safety, Empathy, Expressing empathy, Getting help, Gina de Jesus, Keeping you child safe, Knowing your neighbors, Learning empathy, Learning safety, Lessons from Cleveland abduction, Meeting your neighbors, Michelle Knight, Neighborhood safety, Neighbors, Safety, Teaching safety
Keeping your child safe, (also the name of a seminar I offer), is every parent’s top priority. And each time the internet explodes with news of another abuse to a child, parents are shaken to the core. Fear reverberates across the county, and we ask, “How did... 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...
by Betsy on Dec.02, 2012, under Adolescents, Child development, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Expectations, Holidays, Parenting, Relationships, Toddlers
:Christmas gifts for kids; Chanukah gifts for kids; experiences as gifts; holiday gifts for kids; best gifts for kids; memorable gifts;
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...
by Betsy on Nov.12, 2012, under Communication, Parenting, Relationships
:parenting adult children;, relatiing to your parents; relating to your inlaws;
I finally figured it out. I have found the magic key for getting along with your adult children. Whatever comes into your head to say, don’t say it. This is especially true when those adult children become parents.
Relationships are evolutionary. Parent-child is no exception. It starts in... Read more...
by Betsy on Oct.15, 2012, under Behavior, Child development, Elementary School Children, Learning, Parenting, Toddlers
:after school activities, giving children Mandarin lessons, overparenting, Overscheduling, parent stress, Parenting, parenting books, Tutoring
“I’m almost finished reading ,” the first-time mom confessed, “and I have to tell you, it’s really stressing me out!”
“Well, don’t read it! ” I urged. “Just put it away.” (I think I actually suggested that she throw it away.)
That’s kind of an odd recommendation from a... Read more...
by Betsy on Sep.09, 2012, under Behavior, Character traits, Child development, Communication, Environmental influences, Expectations, Holidays, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting, Toddlers
:Building character, Character traits, Children observing, Doing the right thing, Jewish High Holidays, Parent modeling
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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