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Extinguishing Fire Worries

by on Dec.08, 2017, under Communication, Elementary School Children, Parenting, Safety, School, Sensitive Topics, Toddlers

Not only is the prospect of a house burning down terrifying to a child (and everyone!), but so are many of the accompanying variables disruptive and disconcerting. The fires in the Los Angeles area have driven home this reality.  Fires are destroying homes; the wind is the... Read more...
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Good Medicine in Difficult Times

by on Oct.13, 2017, under Adolescents, Behavior, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting, Safety, Sensitive Topics, Toddlers

Each day I awaken wary of the new bad news that day will bring. I know I am not the only one who feels like we are living in apocalyptic times. Fires are ravaging California; Harvey, Irma and Maria made landfall and decimated parts of Texas, Florida... Read more...
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Talking to Kids about Racism, Law Enforcement, and Violence (in light of the Dallas Shootings)

by 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...
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Talking to Your Children About the LAUSD School Closure

by on Dec.15, 2015, under Adolescents, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting, Safety, School, Sensitive Topics

Boy, do I ever dislike having to write this, the safety threat which caused the Los Angeles Unified School District wide school closure today, December 15, 2015 But to help you and all our children, may I remind you of a few things. 1. No one knows all the... Read more...
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Talking to Your Child About the Paris Attacks

by on Nov.15, 2015, under Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Learning, Parenting, Safety, Sensitive Topics

Sadly and not surprisingly, I have received a rash of emails from parents wondering how to explain to their children the heinous, violent terrorism that happened in Paris. These were parents of children of all ages. How I wish one could actually explain something that is so monstrous... Read more...
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How to Talk About Homelessness

by on Jan.06, 2015, under Adolescents, Communication, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting, Safety, Sensitive Topics

With ever increasing numbers of homeless in our cities, it is not surprising that young children are asking questions. Whether it is someone in the street asking each car for money, someone pushing a cart overflowing with possessions, or a person forlornly propped up against a building,... Read more...
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Being Neighborly

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

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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Talking to Kids (or NOT) About What Happened in Connecticut

by on Dec.15, 2012, under Adolescents, Communication, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting, Safety, School, Sensitive Topics

There are no good words to explain to anyone—let alone to kids—what happened at the elementary school in Connecticut this morning. The horrific incident is every parent’s worst nightmare, unfathomable and unspeakable. The air is heavy with the horror. The president of our country wept during his... Read more...
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The Aurora Shooting: How to Talk to Kids About What Happened in Colorado

by on Jul.20, 2012, under Adolescents, Behavior, Child development, Communication, Learning, Parenting, Safety, Sensitive Topics, Uncategorized

The horrific tragedy in Colorado has left us all speechless, shaking our heads in disbelief. How could this have happened? Could anything have been done to stop this mad man?  And what can we possibly tell our children…if they ask? Parents are rendered tongue-tied when it comes to... Read more...
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Children Should Be Seen and HEARD

by on Feb.06, 2012, under Adolescents, Behavior, Child development, Communication, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships, Safety, School, Sensitive Topics, Toddlers

The horror at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles has my blood boiling, to say nothing of my stomach turning in disgust. The story is still unfolding, layers added every day.  (A 30 year veteran third grade teacher, uncovered by a photo lab technician who alerted police... Read more...
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