by Betsy on Nov.19, 2013, under Behavior, Character traits, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Holidays, Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships
:experiences as gifts, gift giving, gifts from grandparents, grandchildren and grandparents, grandparents' gifts, holiday gift giving, holiday gifts, limiting gift giving, limits on gifts
There is a dilemma that accompanies the winter holiday season that is rarely discussed out loud. It certainly is a topic that is dominating my parenting groups this month. That is, how do parents deal with grandparents who want to do as they please with their grandchildren... Read more...
by Betsy on Jun.10, 2013, under Adolescents, Attachment, Communication, Environmental influences, Expectations, Learning, Parenting, Relationships
:bike riding, dads, dads as teachers, Fathering, fathers, fathers as teachers, Little League, Little League parents, outsourcing parenting, Parenting, teaching a child baseball, teaching bike riding
On a recent Saturday morning, my husband and I found ourselves at the local park, right in the middle of Little League play offs. Déjà vu! It was thrilling to relive our now grown kids’ baseball days in the park—cheers echoing across the field, coaches calling out... Read more...
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.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 Aug.07, 2012, under Attachment, Environmental influences, Parenting, Relationships
:family memories, Family vacations, memories, Parents' needs, Trips, Vacations, Vacations without kids
Summer time and the livin’ is easy…well, sort of.
The Dog Days are laced with so many expectations—relaxed schedules, lazy days, warm evening bar-b-ques, no homework, lighter responsibilities, and vacations. Many parents have memories of fabulous family vacations from their youth. And for the kids, vacations are usually... Read more...
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