13 Reasons Why—My child wants to watch it, how do I decide?
The popular Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has caused controversy among some who think the show glorifies teen suicide. The series touches on very important issues that all teens face. As a parent, you have to make the decision whether or not your child is ready to watch the widely discussed series. Of utmost importance when making this decision is to do your due diligence. Read a variety of opinions from trusted sources, watch it for yourself, and then determine if your child has the maturity and ability to process the information they will see. Remember that you are the… Continue Reading
12 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Child Once School Starts
School is back in session! Some of us have gone from the bliss of long summer days and lazy schedules to a tight regime of waking up early and time managed to the minute. Others may be relieved that the kids are finally back in school and the hectic, irregular schedule of summer is over. Whatever your situation may be, it’s important for parents and children who experience a long stretch of time away from each other—often 8 – 10 hours a day—to reconnect when you come home. The combination of empty tanks and the fact that we missed one… Continue Reading
Can you please talk, not text? Parenting the Instagram generation
The Christian Science Monitor by Michael B. Farrell and Jessica Mendoza Can kids be encouraged to let go of the virtual world – occasionally – and engage in the real one? Can they stop posting selfies long enough to think of someone else? The answer is yes. But there are bound to be some anxious moments for parents along the way. MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF.—Jake Lee, a tanned California teenager in baggy shorts and a T-shirt, is lounging on the floor of his parents’ midcentury home. They live in a suburban Silicon Valley enclave of tech workers, cyber-savvy kids, and the… Continue Reading
Kindergarten Here We Come!
It is that time of year when children everywhere are getting excited—and perhaps a little anxious—about the new school year starting. No one feels this more than Kindergarteners and their families. Starting elementary school is a big step for children and their parents. Here are a few tips to help you relax and enjoy this important milestone. Work on getting into a school going routine at least a week before school starts. Summer is a time when we often become more flexible about bedtime and waking routines. Remember that a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast are two of… Continue Reading
Nurturing a Gritty Kid
Grit, as defined by world-renowned psychologist Dr. Angela Duckworth, PhD, is “our passion and perseverance for long-term goals.” It’s the effort, commitment, and determination to adapt in the face of challenge and nevertheless persist. Current cultural values too often focus on having a fixed amount of natural talent, intelligence, and giftedness. Either you have it or you don’t. Phrases that we all use with the best of intentions include, “you’re so smart!” or “what a natural!” However, Duckworth argues that the cultivation of grit, which can grow and develop, is what will truly prepare your child for a life that… Continue Reading