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Putting the Happy Back in Birthday

by on Dec.02, 2014, under Parenting, Brat-Proofing, Toddlers, Holidays, Public Behavior, Sensitive Topics

"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...
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Kids in Restaurants, Part 2: Lousy Local Conditions

by on Jul.22, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Environmental influences, Learning, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Toddlers, Child development, Public Behavior

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...

Kids in Restaurants?

by on Jul.17, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Discipline, Toddlers, Child development, Public Behavior

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...

Being Neighborly

by on May.15, 2013, under Safety, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Relationships, Toddlers, Public Behavior, Sensitive Topics, Elementary School Children

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...

Tantrums: Doing What Comes Naturally.

by on Mar.22, 2012, under Behavior, Parenting, Environmental influences, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Discipline, Toddlers, Child development, Public Behavior

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...
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The Lazy Days of Summer? No way!

by on Jul.09, 2011, under Parent modeling, Parenting, Learning, Public Behavior

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...

Your Child is “Shy” Around Strangers

by on Dec.01, 2010, under Behavior, Parenting, Expectations, Public Behavior

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...

Join the Family

by on Oct.16, 2010, under Parent modeling, Parenting, Public Behavior

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...
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To Bring or Not To Bring…Part 2

by on Sep.07, 2010, under Behavior, Parenting, Public Behavior

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...