by Betsy Brown Braun on Aug.08, 2015, under Behavior, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Learning, School, Expectations, Child development, Adolescents, Transitions, Elementary School Children
:Back to school, New school year, start of the school year, smoothing the start of the school year, beginning the new school year, planning for the new school year, preparing for the new school year, school routines, school rituals
It's mid-August... that means summer vacation is creeping to an end, depending upon your child's first day of school. For some it even starts next week. Summer time and the livin' was easy!
Just thinking about the start of school can be stressful for kids. New teachers, new... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Oct.13, 2014, under Behavior, Parenting, Communication, Relationships, Expectations, Toddlers, Child development, Transitions
:Hurrying children, Hurrying, Patience, being patient, time management, grandparents, grandparenting, being late
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 Brown Braun on Sep.01, 2014, under Parent modeling, Parenting, Environmental influences, School, Relationships, Expectations, Transitions, Elementary School Children
:Back to school, back to school for parents, parents' health, parents' sanity, parents' well being, parental stress, parents' schedules, parents emotional health
“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 Brown Braun on Aug.13, 2014, under Behavior, Parenting, Communication, School, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Adolescents, Transitions, Elementary School Children
:Back to school, School transitions, starting school, school after summer, unexpected behavior, regressive behavior, regressions
Summer time, and the livin’ is easy, as the song goes.
And there it went! There can be a whole lot more to starting school than starting school. Whether a child is beginning preschool, third grade, middle or high school, after a long summer or just an... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Sep.10, 2013, under Behavior, Parenting, Communication, School, Peers, Child development, Adolescents, Sensitive Topics, Transitions, Elementary School Children
:School, School Attendance, School Avoidance, I dont want to go to school, Not wanting to go to school, Refusing to go to school
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 Brown Braun on Feb.03, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Learning, Relationships, Child development, Adolescents, Sensitive Topics, Transitions, Elementary School Children
: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 Brown Braun on Jun.05, 2011, under Attachment, Parenting, Separation, Transitions
:leaving home, Letting go, Sleep away camp, Feelings, Experiences, Parental attachment
Way back in February you sent in the deposit. Sleep-away camp, here we come! It was going to be fantastic—swimming in the lake, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, pillow fights in the cabin. Just weeks before opening day, your son’s excitement fills the air. I get... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Mar.07, 2011, under Parenting, Toddlers, Transitions
:Letting go, Toilet Training, Toilet habits, Wiping your child, Parent as teacher
Sheepishly, the mom asked, “Should I still be wiping my seven year old’s tush after he makes a poop?” Some of you might be gasping in horror, but others of you are nodding in agreement as you wonder the same thing. The third time in a week... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Oct.04, 2010, under Learning, School, Relationships, Peers, Transitions
:Education, Teachers, School, Elementary School, interactive learing, classmates, Peers
I answered the door at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning, to find a good looking, gray haired gentleman. “Yes?” I said, somewhat perturbed that my racing to set up for the 12:30 p.m event was being interrupted. “I am Jeff Hearn” said the guest who was supposed to... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Aug.10, 2010, under Parenting, School, Discipline, Transitions
:Routines, Limits, School transitions, attitude, rules, New school year
It’s August...three, four, even five more weeks of summer vacation depending upon your child’s first day of school. Summer time and the livin’ is (still) easy!
Even though the consistent, routinized school year schedule actually makes life easier for most children and parents, getting back into the swing... Read more...
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