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Tag: Feelings

All Kinds of Feelings: A Child’s Emotional Literacy

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

In the video, Emotional Baby is Moved to Tears by Mom’s Singing,, 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...

“Mommy, What is 9/11?”

by on Aug.23, 2011, under Communication, Parenting, Safety, Sensitive Topics

As the ten year anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the media is heating up with programs and references to that tragedy. Ten years ago already. Wow!  As was the case when Kennedy was shot, many can easily answer the question, “What were you doing when you heard the... Read more...
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Sleep-Away Camp Separations

by on Jun.05, 2011, under Attachment, Parenting, Separation, Transitions

   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...

Playing Favorites

by on Aug.31, 2010, under Attachment, Parenting, Relationships

“Mother always liked you best” claimed Tommy Smothers of the old comedy duo of the 60’s and 70’s, The Smothers Brothers.  They were comedians, but that gag struck a chord, as the audience laughed and cried at the same time. “Who do you love the most?”  No matter... Read more...

Doing the Right Thing

by on Jun.10, 2010, under Character traits, Child development, Parent modeling, Parenting

 When I was pondering the Introduction to my new book, You’re Not the Boss of Me, it occurred to me that all I really needed to write was one sentence:  Be the person you want your child to be. Four pages later, that didn’t happen. But I... Read more...
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Whose Dreams Are They, Anyway?

by on Jun.03, 2010, under Expectations, Parent modeling, Parenting, Transitions

I guess my book, You’re Not the Boss of Me, came out too late for the mom who wrote in the  Two Cents Worth column of my local newspaper:  I think the Pony Baseball Association should consider eliminating playoffs for the younger players (Pintos).  My Pinto player’s... Read more...
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Don’t Take it Personally

by on May.28, 2010, under Behavior, Communication, Parenting

“You’re the meanest mommy in the whole world!” the seven year old screams at her mother, as she stomps down the hall to her room, punctuating the scene with a crashing door slam.  There’s not much that’s good about that scene, except that it is well within... Read more...

Teaching Children About Death

by on Feb.26, 2010, under Learning, Parenting, Transitions

A mom called me from New York today. In a panic she explained that her mother was in the last stages of   her life and what on earth would she tell her child.  She said she needed a crash course in death.  So sad for her, but... Read more...
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Talking about Tiger

by on Dec.07, 2009, under Adolescents, Communication, Parenting

For the great majority of young children, the headlines about Tiger Woods will pass right over their heads.  But for the child whose parents or older siblings are hyper tuned into sports, who overhears the news or casual conversation, for the child who is focused on sports and... Read more...


by on Oct.17, 2009, under Behavior, Holidays, Safety, Toddlers

One of the joys of being a parent is getting to do the fun kid stuff all over again. Stuff like sharing Easter baskets, making Valentines, and dressing up for Halloween. You can hardly wait to dress up your nine month old in that lion costume and... Read more...