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“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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The “Right” Age for Video Games

by on Mar.26, 2010, under Adolescents, Attachment, Behavior, Parenting, Peers, Transitions

With your first born child, it’s pretty easy to control his diet of everything—sugar, television, war toys, choice of friends—for the first few years anyway. But then he hits school age, somewhere after five years old, kindergarten age, and the once controlling parent begins to question some... Read more...

Olympic Idols

by on Feb.20, 2010, under Adolescents, Child development, Parenting

It seems like there is something for everyone in this Winter Olympics, and it’s easy to become an addict. The entire event is packed with heart-racing excitement as well as examples of natural talent, acquired skill, and athleticism.  Don’t you just sit on the edge of your... Read more...

Should Baby Read?

by on Feb.01, 2010, under Behavior, Learning, Parenting

I heard a radio advertisement this week for a DVD , Your Baby Can Read, or some name like that.  Needless to say, it grabbed my attention.  This program promises to teach your toddler, even infant, to read.  A mother of a three year old claimed that... 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...

Knowing if a movie is okay for your child..and for you

by on Nov.08, 2009, under Communication, Parenting, Safety, Sensitive Topics

In my last post, I addressed balancing a child's media diet--how much and when.  As challenging as that  issue is, it is  almost easier to address than the question of content-- what media is okay for your child.  In today's world of so much, so young,  deciding  what is okay and what isn't... Read more...
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Balancing Your Child’s Media Diet

by on Nov.01, 2009, under Parenting

Would you allow your child to eat and eat and eat, whatever and whenever he wanted?  Of course not.  It’s not much different with a child’s media intake.  Just like a parent implements portion and quality control with food, so must he implement the same controls with... Read more...

Watch Out for the Wild Things

by on Oct.11, 2009, under Parenting, Public Behavior, Safety

Where the Wild Things Are, the beloved children's book by Maurice Sendak, has been made into a movie.  When I first heard about it, I was excited...then worried. An article in this morning's Los Angeles Times about the movie fueled my worries. Granted, I haven't seen the movie,... Read more...

Cousin Sarah’s kids

by on Aug.04, 2009, under Attachment, Behavior

The topic for my first blog on my new website had been on my mind when I paid a visit to my cousin Sarah and her boys, ages 5 and 7.  After spending the afternoon with them, I knew I had found my topic. Sarah lives in a... Read more...