The Value of Being Vulnerable

In the last few weeks, I have both done something I felt awkward about and seen my daughter try out for something where she felt vulnerable. In both cases, I felt less than positive, to say the least! In fact, it stunk. Regarding the case of myself, I walked into a new type of exercise... Read more »

My Child’s First Sentence was “I Want a Happy Meal and French Fries and a Toy”

As an early childhood educator, I would like to lie about her first sentence. Wouldn’t it be great if she said, “Please give me a carrot, Mama!” Or, how about “I love you, Mama.” For most of her life she’s hated most vegetables and fruits. In fact, the only fruit she would eat in preschool... Read more »

Breathe Please

Yesterday, while I was getting my hair cut, my hairdresser told me that her family was going to a resort for vacation. Her boys (3 and 5) were very excited, because they had never flown on a plane. This reminded me of a when I was waiting for a flight and I saw a mom also... Read more »
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Mommy's Sick

Introduction                                          I know that there are new commercials out about Mommy or Daddy not being able to take a sick day, but let’s get real. Whatever magic product that a commercial is selling does not... Read more »

Guilt and Shame are Not the Same

Introduction I have been feeling ashamed that I haven’t written a post in a while. My shame was useless! Instead of helping me, it only led to more procrastination – e.g., playing a few extra solitaire games before I finally started writing this. Perhaps the reason that I tend to feel shame instead of guilt... Read more »

Puppies and Parenting

Puppies and Parenting
Introduction We have a new family member- a mini labradoodle puppy. He’s 9 weeks old now (we’ve had him a little over a week). I’ve never had a dog before. It’s um… shall we say, interesting. What is finally helping me get a bit of a grip is my experience parenting. I know young children... Read more »
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Children Say the Silliest Things: What Might these Sillies Tell Us?

We were sitting at dinner, a few nights ago, when my daughter told us about a young boy she worked with this summer, when she was a counselor-in-training at a local camp, who very determinedly told her “I’ll be older than you someday. It’ll happen!”    She said this was no joking matter to him.  We... Read more »

The Guilt of Parenting

The other day I was having a conversation with a friend, and she mentioned that she was concerned about if her kids liked her. Now, reasonably, I (and many of you) may say we aren’t our children’s friends. Rather, we’re their parents and are there to set limits and teach them. However, come on, have... Read more »

Ain’t Just Misbehaving: There are Reasons

Introduction In my previous post, I began writing about how when young children misbehave, they are not just “being bad.” Rather, there are reasons for this negative behavior, and understanding these reasons helps adults support their children and guide their behavior. First, let’s briefly review the three reasons mentioned previously: 1. The child seeks attention... Read more »
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Ain’t Just Misbehaving: There are Reasons

PEACE I have just developed a new program called PEACE — Parent Effective Analysis of Child Experiences. It’s designed for parents of toddlers and preschoolers. Raising children is one of the most difficult and important jobs we ever do, yet few people have the benefit of instruction & discussion. The purpose of PEACE is to... Read more »