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How to Parent a School Age Child

by on Sep.06, 2016, under Adolescents, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting

School has begun (at last!)  Every parent wants to help her child get off to a good start. Every parent wants her child to have a great school experience. Every parent wants to be the best parent of a student that she can be with her child’s... Read more...
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Throw Away Your Parenting Books

by on Oct.15, 2012, under Behavior, Child development, Elementary School Children, Learning, Parenting, Toddlers

“I’m almost finished reading ,” the first-time mom confessed, “and I have to tell you, it’s really stressing me out!” “Well, don’t read it! ” I urged. “Just put it away.” (I think I actually suggested that she throw it away.) That’s kind of an odd recommendation from a... Read more...

Loose Parts

by on Apr.23, 2012, under Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Child development, Environmental influences, Expectations, Learning, Parenting

For years I have extolled the value of empty cardboard boxes—the ones in which your big appliances arrive—in the lives of children. You see cardboard box to be recycled; your child sees secret cave, fire station, beauty parlor, club house. But Caine Monroy has broadened even my... Read more...
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The Lazy Days of Summer? No way!

by on Jul.09, 2011, under Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting, Public Behavior

First it was red jello. Then it was sugary juice. Now summer is the enemy!  And it’s getting a bad rap. Summer Slide. Brain Drain. Whatever you call it, what was once the most carefree and welcome season of the year is being vilified as a threat... Read more...

Right in Your Own Yard– A Blog for Father’s Day

by on Jun.14, 2011, under Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships

The window at my kitchen sink gives me a bird’s eye view of the happenings on my street. Recently, I witnessed a scene fit for a Norman Rockwell painting.  Five year old Owen was side by side with the gardener, mowing the front lawn. Two guys pushing... Read more...

A Parent Should Be A Parent…Not A Friend

by on Apr.04, 2011, under Behavior, Child development, Learning, Parenting, Peers, Relationships, Safety

Every time I hear a parent brag that her child is her best friend, I cringe and think, “Well, that’s too bad.”  The job description of parent is mighty long—nurturer, teacher, advisor, consultant, guide, spotter, disciplinarian, consoler, cheerleader.  But I am quite sure “friend” is not on... Read more...

Call Off the Race

by on Sep.15, 2010, under Environmental influences, Expectations, Learning, Parenting, School

For months I’ve waited for the chance to see Race to Nowhere, an incredible documentary film. The trailer was circulated around the web ages ago and caught my eye. I tell you now, run, don’t walk, to see it. ( That’s how important it is. When... Read more...

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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Hurry Up and Slow Down!

by on Mar.05, 2010, under Parent modeling, Parenting, Safety

Last Sunday morning I stood on the corner of Sepulveda and Skirball Drive. Ten families with children of all ages in tow and I stood at the red light, eager to get to Milk and Bookies. (The glory of that charity event held this year at the... Read more...