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Talking to Your Children About the LAUSD School Closure

by on Dec.15, 2015, under Safety, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, School, Adolescents, Sensitive Topics, Elementary School Children

Boy, do I ever dislike having to write this, the safety threat which caused the Los Angeles Unified School District wide school closure today, December 15, 2015 But to help you and all our children, may I remind you of a few things. 1. No one knows all the... Read more...
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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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It’s Just A Sip

by on Apr.01, 2015, under Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Adolescents, Elementary School Children

(First published in 2010) The journey of raising a teen is fraught with challenges.  Not only is his natural development tricky, but a teen’s world is filled with societal influences of all kinds, alcohol being just one. Alcohol is on everyone’s minds:  Tweens and teens want to try it,... Read more...
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Should You Discipline Someone Else’s Child….Revised

by on Feb.11, 2015, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Relationships, Discipline

It’s hard enough to raise your own child—teaching him the rules of the road, guiding him as he learns how to “play nicely”—but what happens when a child who is not yours is in need of some pointed guidance (a swift kick in the pants!)? You’re having a... Read more...
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How to Talk About Homelessness

by on Jan.06, 2015, under Safety, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Adolescents, Sensitive Topics

With ever increasing numbers of homeless in our cities, it is not surprising that young children are asking questions. Whether it is someone in the street asking each car for money, someone pushing a cart overflowing with possessions, or a person forlornly propped up against a building,... Read more...
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