by Betsy Brown Braun on Sep.28, 2015, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Peers, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Child development, Adolescents, Public Behavior
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Knowing when is the “right age” to give permissions and allow age related activities challenges all parents, especially with that first born child. After all, it is often the parent’s first experience not only with a child of that age, but certainly with YOUR child of that... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Dec.02, 2014, under Parenting, Brat-Proofing, Toddlers, Holidays, Public Behavior, Sensitive Topics
:birthday parties, birthday favors, birthday goodie bags, birthday gifts, toddlers' birthdays, birthday events, birthday celebrations, birthday ideas, party ideas
"Amanda is 2!" read the banner draped over the entrance to our neighborhood park. And that was just the beginning. A cooking area complete with printed aprons (“Amanda’s 2nd Birthday”) and chef's hats for each child, a craft area with three different creation stations, a pony ride... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Jul.22, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Environmental influences, Learning, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Toddlers, Child development, Public Behavior
:Public Behavior, Lousy Local Conditions, Kids eating out, Kids in restaurants, Kids behaving in restaurants, Kids learning to eat at restaurants, Restaurant behavior, Behaving in a restraurant, 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 Brown Braun on Jul.17, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Discipline, Toddlers, Child development, Public Behavior
: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 Brown Braun on May.15, 2013, under Safety, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Relationships, Toddlers, Public Behavior, Sensitive Topics, Elementary School Children
:Safety, Child safety, Empathy, Neighborhood safety, Neighbors, Knowing your neighbors, Meeting your neighbors, Keeping you child safe, Learning safety, Teaching safety, Getting help, Asking for help, Expressing empathy, Learning empathy, Lessons from Cleveland abduction, Ariel Castro, Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus, Michelle Knight, Abduction
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 Brown Braun on Mar.22, 2012, under Behavior, Parenting, Environmental influences, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Discipline, Toddlers, Child development, Public Behavior
:Tantrums, Toddlers, Discipline, Public Behavior, Lousy Local Conditions, Frustration
There’s nothing like a toddler’s tantrum or an older child’s melt down to bring a parent to her knees. It’s one of those behaviors that makes you feel inadequate and helpless, to say nothing of incompetent.
Put that tantrum in a public place—a restaurant, the grocery store, the... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Jul.09, 2011, under Parent modeling, Parenting, Learning, Public Behavior
:Learning in Summer, Parent as teacher, Academics, Experiences, Family Trips, Interactive learning, Overscheduling, Summer, Trips, Vacations
First it was red jello. Then it was sugary juice. Now summer is the enemy! And it’s getting a bad rap. Summer Slide. Brain Drain. Whatever you call it, what was once the most carefree and welcome season of the year is being vilified as a threat... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Dec.01, 2010, under Behavior, Parenting, Expectations, Public Behavior
:family, shyness, shy, Shy child, new people, relatives
An Interview with Betsy by Heidi Stevens of the Chicago Tribune
Q: Your kindergartener is extremely shy around strangers. How do you get her to warm up to relatives she only sees at the holidays?
Few topics are more complicated than family at the holidays, which is why Betsy... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Oct.16, 2010, under Parent modeling, Parenting, Public Behavior
:Fathering, Parent as teacher, Parent bad behavior, Modeling, Eating out, Hypocrisy
The “perfect” family—mom, dad, and two girls probably ages 6 and 9—sat across from my husband and me as we dined at a local restaurant to launch our weekend As hard as I try, when I am out in the world I cannot help but notice... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Sep.07, 2010, under Behavior, Parenting, Public Behavior
:Routines, Misbehavior, Manners, taking children to restaurants, Eating out
It had been a work week filled with families who had lots of heavy issues, and I was drained. A relaxed, peaceful dinner out with my husband was just a parking spot away. Our destination— a lovely, local restaurant, upscale but informal, delicious martinis, and no kids’... Read more...
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