Rethinking Life’s Curveballs

Parenting Skills
Special Challenges

Spring is here. With it come blooming flowers, outdoor activities, and the anticipation of summer. As I looked at my neighbor’s multicolored tulips in full bloom, I was reminded of a favorite writing that I read to myself on many occasions and use frequently in workshops I conduct on a variety of parental challenges. While it was written from the perspective of a mother with a special needs child, I find it applicable in multiple situations. See if it resonates with you: WELCOME TO HOLLAND by   Emily Perl Kingsley. © 1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved I… Continue Reading

Posted by Mimi Ezray on March 25, 2013

Raising an Only Child

Parenting Skills

“When are you having your next?” “Just one? Aren’t your worried about her being spoiled?” “An only child is a lonely child.” These are the well-meaning but insensitive comments that parents of one child hear regularly from family members, friends, and strangers on the street. Such remarks and inquiries can lead us to question our decision to have a small family, or perhaps make us feel guilty about our inability to have more. Our culture has maintained many of these myths since the late 19th century, when a scientist who established one of the first psychology research labs to observe… Continue Reading

Posted by Karen Friedland-Brown on March 18, 2013

Bullying in Preschool?

Bullying Prevention
Discipline & Behavior
School Challenges

The preschool years are foundational for children’s social and emotional development—a time when children’s social interactions increase dramatically as they move from parallel to more collaborative play with peers. Not surprisingly, this means more social and communication missteps as children learn how to interact and connect to each other while their social, communication, and emotion-management skills are still in the very early stages of development. What all of this means is that most of the problems you are seeing between and among preschoolers, particularly those under 4, are often signs of poor impulse control and limited language skills, not indications… Continue Reading

Posted by Holly Pedersen on March 12, 2013

You Can’t Come to My Birthday Party! and Other Explorations of Girl* Power

Bullying Prevention
Discipline & Behavior
Raising Girls

Girls explore power through relationships, beginning in the older preschool years. New friendships blossom during this time through imaginative play and common interests.  Bonds between friends deepen, even influencing the mood and emotion of a child if her friend is absent from school.  Many girls are verbal and social, preferring imaginative games that mirror real experiences such as playing house, grocery store, or doctor’s office. Often, girls will take on the powerful roles they see around them:  mom, doctor, or teacher. As friendships form and grow, girls may begin to explore power within this new bond.  They may begin excluding… Continue Reading

Posted by Heidi Emberling on March 5, 2013

In Praise of Praise

Parenting Skills
Preteens & Teens

As a family, we have always been committed to eating dinner together.  Even if someone has to run off to an evening commitment and we only have 30 minutes or less, we do everything we can to make it work.  Research has shown that eating dinner together has a positive impact on your children … even if they appear to have little to say.  The action itself speaks volumes. During many of our dinnertime check-ins, the conversation used to go as follows. Parent: “What did you do at school today?” Child: “Nothing.” Parent: “Who did you hang out with at… Continue Reading

Posted by Mimi Ezray on February 25, 2013

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