by Betsy Brown Braun 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...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Apr.13, 2016, under Adolescents, Behavior, Character traits, Communication, Elementary School Children, Learning, Parenting, Public Behavior
:adult bad behavior, bad behavior, behaving badly, Public Behavior, talking about the election, talking about voting, talking politics with kids, talking to kids about the candidates, Talking to kids about the election, talking to kids about Trump, teaching about the election, teaching about voting
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...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Sep.28, 2015, under Adolescents, Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Child development, Communication, Environmental influences, Expectations, Parent modeling, Parenting, Peers, Public Behavior
:body pierces, cell phones for kids, home alone, kids and make-up, kids piercing ears, kids using a razor, righ tage for sleepovers, right age for a sleep over, right age for a tattoo, right age for cell phones, right age for dyeing your hair. right age for body pierces, right age for ear piercing, right age for Facebook, right age for Instagram, right age for Kik, right age for Twitter, right age for wearing make up, right age to shave arm pits, right age to shave legs, right age to stay home alone, rightage for Snapchat, shaving legs, tattoos, telilng kids that Santa is pretend, telling kids the Easter Bunny is pretend, telling kids the Tooth Fairy isn't real, walking to school alone
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 Brat-Proofing, Holidays, Parenting, Public Behavior, Sensitive Topics, Toddlers
:birthday celebrations, birthday events, birthday favors, birthday gifts, birthday goodie bags, birthday ideas, birthday parties, party ideas, toddlers' birthdays
"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, 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 Brown Braun 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 Brown Braun 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 Brown Braun on Mar.22, 2012, under Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Child development, Discipline, Environmental influences, Expectations, Parenting, Public Behavior, Toddlers
:Discipline, Frustration, Lousy Local Conditions, Public Behavior, Tantrums, Toddlers
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 Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting, Public Behavior
:Academics, Experiences, Family Trips, Interactive learning, Learning in Summer, Overscheduling, Parent as teacher, 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, Expectations, Parenting, Public Behavior
:family, new people, relatives, shy, Shy child, shyness
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...
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