by Betsy on Jan.06, 2015, under Adolescents, Communication, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting, Safety, Sensitive Topics
:Talking to children about homelessness; homelessness; homeless people; fear about homeless people
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...
by Betsy on Dec.02, 2014, under Brat-Proofing, Holidays, Parenting, Public Behavior, Sensitive Topics, Toddlers
:birthday celebrations, birthday events, birthday favors, birthday gifts, birthday goodie bags, birthday ideas, birthday parties, party ideas, toddlers' birthdays
"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...
by Betsy on Nov.03, 2013, under Behavior, Child development, Elementary School Children, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting, Sensitive Topics, Toddlers
:crying, double dip feelings, Emotional literacy, Emotions, Expressing feelings, Feelings, happiness, Sadness, teaching emotions, teaching feelings
In the video, Emotional Baby is Moved to Tears by Mom’s Singing, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/29/emotional-baby-moved-to-tears-by-moms-singing_n_4173272.html?utm_hp_ref=parents&ir=Parents?utm_hp_ref=parents&ir=Parents, we witness the power of emotion in even the youngest of babies. At only 10 months old, the baby’s deep feelings spill over in the form of tears when he hears his mother’s beautiful... Read more...
by Betsy on Sep.10, 2013, under Adolescents, Behavior, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Parenting, Peers, School, Sensitive Topics, Transitions
:I dont want to go to school, Not wanting to go to school, Refusing to go to school, School, School Attendance, School Avoidance
Now that the school year has begun, it won’t be long before one morning you’ll awaken to the declaration, “I don’t want to go to school.” It’s a cry, actually more of a plea, which every parent is likely to face at least once, if not ten... 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.15, 2012, under Adolescents, Communication, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting, Safety, School, Sensitive Topics
:Connecticut killings; Talking to kids about Connecticut; Safety; Child Safety;, Explaining Connecticut tragedy
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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