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Redirecting the Holiday Gimmes

by on Dec.18, 2014, under Parenting, Communication, Brat-Proofing, Character traits, Expectations, Toddlers, Holidays

Sugar Plum fairies and fa la la la la are not the only things that come with the winter holidays. So does a parent’s worst fear that she has raised the spoiled child she swore she would never have. At no other time of year do the... Read more...
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Putting the Happy Back in Birthday

by on Dec.02, 2014, under Parenting, Brat-Proofing, Toddlers, Holidays, Public Behavior, Sensitive Topics

"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...
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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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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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All Kinds of Feelings: A Child’s Emotional Literacy

by on Nov.03, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Learning, Toddlers, Child development, Sensitive Topics, Elementary School Children

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...
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Kids in Restaurants, Part 2: Lousy Local Conditions

by on Jul.22, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Environmental influences, Learning, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Toddlers, Child development, Public Behavior

Kids in Restaurants, Part 2: Lousy Local Conditions On Friday I lunched with a colleague at a “grown up” restaurant. The atmosphere was quiet and refined.  Seated right next to us was a family of three—mother, father, and, in-between them, their adorable 18 month old child. We wouldn’t even... Read more...
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Kids in Restaurants?

by on Jul.17, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Discipline, Toddlers, Child development, Public Behavior

Our dinner at a local sushi restaurant was a bit earlier than we usually dine.  So I casually mentioned to my husband that we might overlap “family time” at the eatery.  But we decided that it wouldn’t be a problem; we both love kids.  Little did we... 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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