by Betsy on May.22, 2015, under Adolescents, Communication, Elementary School Children, Learning, Parenting, Relationships, Sensitive Topics
:Birds and the Bees, kids questions about sex, questions about sex, sex and teens, sex and tweens, sex questions, sexuality, talking about sex; how to talk to kids about sex
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...
by Betsy on Feb.11, 2015, under Behavior, Communication, Discipline, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships
:Disciplining others, Disciplining someone else's kids. punishing someone else's kids;
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...
by Betsy on Oct.13, 2014, under Behavior, Child development, Communication, Expectations, Parenting, Relationships, Toddlers, Transitions
:being late, being patient, grandparenting, grandparents, Hurrying, Hurrying children, Patience, time management
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...
by Betsy on Sep.01, 2014, under Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Expectations, Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships, School, Transitions
:Back to school, back to school for parents, parental stress, parents emotional health, parents' health, parents' sanity, parents' schedules, parents' well being
“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...
by Betsy on Feb.10, 2014, under Adolescents, Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Character traits, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Expectations, Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships, Toddlers
:Children and older people, Children and rest homes, Cultivating Empathy; teaching children empathy; moeding empathy; Expressing emapthy; children and empathy, Empathy, taking children to rest homes
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...
by Betsy on Dec.22, 2013, under Behavior, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships, Toddlers
:better parenting, consistent parenting, Discipline, mindful parenting, New Years resolutions, oxygen mask theory, Parenting, resolutions, threats
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...
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...
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