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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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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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Hurrying is the Enemy

by on Oct.13, 2014, under Behavior, Parenting, Communication, Relationships, Expectations, Toddlers, Child development, Transitions

The outing to Starbucks with our two year old grandtoddler was perfect. Not a glitch.   No screaming, no crying, no collapsing into a heap, no refusal to walk, no running into the street, no running away.   And not one single tantrum.  The joys of being a grandparent. ... Read more...
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Back-to-School Blues

by on Sep.01, 2014, under Parent modeling, Parenting, Environmental influences, School, Relationships, Expectations, Transitions, Elementary School Children

“I’m a wreck!” was the reply from my client, mother of two elementary school age kids, when I asked her how things were going. Her children had started back to school the week before. And, truth be told, they were doing great. Both liked their teachers, classes,... Read more...
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Empathy is a Two Way Street

by on Feb.10, 2014, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Relationships, Brat-Proofing, Character traits, Expectations, Toddlers, Child development, Adolescents, Elementary School Children

Cultivating empathy is a hot topic in the parenting world.  Current research has demonstrated that children under a year not only have the capacity for empathy but actually exhibit empathy. (Regarding infants:  http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201306/empathy-appears-in-infancy-varies-age-and-gender   Regarding toddlers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX6krHsZA_w .) But parents, usually not educated to recognize and encourage this trait... Read more...
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5 Tips for Powering Up Your Parenting in the New Year

by on Dec.22, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Relationships, Toddlers, Elementary School Children

As the big hand creeps its way toward midnight, most people give at least a fleeting thought to New Year resolutions.  Those usually have to do with eating or exercise or a nagging behavior ripe for modification. And we all know how long those last: Not very. ... Read more...
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Grandparents and Gift Giving: An Unspoken December Dilemma

by on Nov.19, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Relationships, Character traits, Child development, Holidays, Elementary School Children

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...
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Fathering is Interactive

by on Jun.10, 2013, under Attachment, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Learning, Relationships, Expectations, Adolescents

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...
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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...
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Circle the Wagons. How children learn to express empathy.

by on Apr.29, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Learning, Relationships, Character traits, Expectations, Toddlers, Child development, Adolescents, Sensitive Topics, Elementary School Children

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...
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