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Should You Discipline Someone Else’s Child?

by on Apr.18, 2011, under Discipline, Parent modeling, Parenting, Peers, Safety

It’s hard enough to raise your own child—teaching him the rules of the road, guiding him as he learns how to “play nicely”—but what happens when a child who is not yours is in need of some pointed guidance (a swift kick in the pants, perhaps!)? You’re having... Read more...
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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

by on Dec.25, 2010, under Character traits, Holidays, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting

 Every year my friend Freida gives me a surprising gift.  Far out pop-up books, foodstuffs from the Homeboy Industries-Homegirl Catering and Kitchen, DVD’s of documentaries I might have missed. But this year’s is the best: Of Thee I Sing: A letter to my daughters by Barack Obama.  I... Read more...
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Let Halloween Be The Kids’ Holiday

by on Oct.22, 2010, under Holidays, Parent modeling, Parenting

“Professional Halloween Lighting” reads the sign on my corner.  Are they kidding? I wondered as I inched toward my house, looking out for any of my young neighbors.   My block is filled with kids of all ages, nursery through high schoolers. And their house Halloween decorations began appearing... Read more...
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Join the Family

by on Oct.16, 2010, under Parent modeling, Parenting, Public Behavior

The “perfect” family—mom, dad, and two girls probably ages 6 and 9—sat across from my husband and me as we dined at a local restaurant to launch our weekend As hard as I try, when I am out in the world I cannot help but notice... Read more...
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Be the Person You Want Your Child to Be

by on Sep.21, 2010, under Character traits, Expectations, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting

“You will not believe this story,” began the email from a client who had just returned from family services for the Jewish New Year. She described the mother and three children sitting next to her own family. “She was knitting!” (Yes, you read it correctly,... Read more...
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Bffs Rock!

by on Jun.25, 2010, under Adolescents, Child development, Parent modeling, Peers, Relationships, School

I just hung up the phone from my very own bff who was rushing to her mother’s hospital bedside in San Diego. Her world is falling apart. Loaded with her own issues of life and work and now her very ill mother, she needed to complain and... Read more...
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A Father-Son Team

by on Jun.17, 2010, under Holidays, Parent modeling, Parenting

I watched Derek and his son washing my car, as I stood at the sink, molding patties for our bar-b-que that night. They were having an animated discussion about something, lots of back and forth over the top of my car. The son is really tall at... Read more...
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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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Leave the Babies Alone?

by on May.13, 2010, under Attachment, Environmental influences, Parent modeling, Parenting

It’s hard not to love the movie Babies. That’s what I chose to do for my Mothers’ Day observance.  It was kind of like eating chocolate… all good! There were none of the not-so-fun parts of babies, like colic and diarrhea and sleepless nights. Just one... Read more...
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