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The Best (and Most Important) Things in Life are Free

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Child Rearing, Recent | 0 comments

The Best (and Most Important) Things in Life are Free

“Kids are expensive!” parents are told. And they are. But really, the most important things parents ever give their children – the things that truly last – are, for the most part, FREE. Parents have been conditioned through a lifetime of schooling followed by years of striving for professional achievement to equate success with effort, measureable outcomes and money. Given this perspective and background, it is not at all surprising that adults approach becoming parents within the same...

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Do Parents Matter As Much As They They Think They Do?

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Child Rearing, Recent | 0 comments

Do Parents Matter As Much As They They Think They Do?

Robert and Sarah Levine are a husband and wife team of anthropologist-researchers who have spent their lives studying parenting practices across four continents for nearly 50 years. Their new book, written for parents rather than for fellow academics, is provocatively entitled, Do Parents Matter? The book synthesizes decades of research on child rearing practices all over the world. Each chapter covers a topic related to childcare and the expectations of children’s learning and development...

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My Favorite Parenting Book

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Child Rearing, Recent | 0 comments

My Favorite Parenting Book

            I believe the author CS Lewis was correct when he said, “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” I enjoy a great many books written for children and I often find myself identifying with the adults in children’s books, finding inspiration in some characters while hoping to avoid the characteristics of others. Consider this poem by Roald Dahl providing insight into the...

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Are you bullied by your children? Here’s what you can do about it

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Child Rearing, Recent | 0 comments

Are you bullied by your children?  Here’s what you can do about it

Imagine the following scene: A family enters a coffee shop: dad, mom, two kids aged 6 and 4. Just as the father is about to sit down in a comfy armchair, his young son slips behind him snatching the seat away. The father merely sighs, barely recovering his balance in time to stop the steamy drink from dropping to the floor and perches himself on a child-sized chair nearby. The two children grab drinks off the tray, tossing aside the straw wrappers. Before settling onto her own hardback chair,...

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Ask Nurturance: Sassy Seven-year-old

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Child Rearing, Recent | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Sassy Seven-year-old

            Dear M, My 7-year-old daughter has recently begun speaking to me in a manner that can only be described as sassy. She talks back, uses a defiant tone and complains and rolls her eyes as though she were a teenager. I was completely unprepared for this kind of behavior at this age and I am at a loss for what to do. Is this normal for a 7 year old? What can I do to get my sweet little girl back? Looking for help, Patricia   Dear Patricia,...

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Raising Children Who Care By Promoting Kindness, Patience and Fairness

Posted by on Aug 21, 2016 in Child Rearing, Recent | 0 comments

Raising Children Who Care By Promoting Kindness, Patience and Fairness

“That’s not fair!” Whether it is meant as a whine, an accusation or a protest, most parents hear this phrase more often than they might wish. To some, it may elicit pangs of regret and guilt while others may react with annoyance and exasperation at their children’s impudence. Children seem to have an uncanny knack for detecting levels of fairness at a very early age. They notice when a sibling is served a bigger slice of cake or when another child has more juice in their cups. Some kids appear...

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