Posts in category "parenting styles"

Bullied Is A National Parenting Publications Award Gold Medal Winner!

Bullied Is A National Parenting Publications Award Gold Medal Winner!
It is my delight to announce that my nonfiction book Bullied has been named a Gold Medal Winner by the National Parenting Publications Awards.  This is the highest honor they give out, and it brings great joy to me. Bullied is a book that can be used by a wide variety of people with varying... Read more »

Discussion about social conflict and bullying tonight at Evanston Public Library

Discussion about social conflict and bullying tonight at Evanston Public Library
Tonight I will be hosting a discussion about bullying and social conflict at Evanston Public Library’s Main Branch.  Topics to be covered include: Hidden influences on bullying in our culture (including reality-based TV and media) Recognizing when social “drama” is actually bullying The differences between normal social conflict with your friends and true bullying. The... Read more »

Top Ten Ways to Avoid Getting Skewered by Internet Commenters

Top Ten Ways to Avoid Getting Skewered by Internet Commenters
1)      Do not state facts. No matter how indisputable a fact is, someone will find a way to dispute it, and prove that you are a moron for not fact-checking your facts and you are a fool for acting like an expert on a topic that you clearly know nothing about. 2)      Do not state... Read more »
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Trial By Internet: How To Blissfully Reject the Summary Judgment of Others

Trial By Internet: How To Blissfully Reject the Summary Judgment of Others
Recently, I was speaking with a group of parents and students about the negative effects of cyberbullying.  A seventh-grade girl told me tearfully, “I am constantly being judged.  Judged by kids I don’t know; judged by kids I do know, judged, judged, judged by EVERYONE.” It is a phenomenon that extends far beyond the world... Read more »

I had no one to eat lunch with and no one to play with at recess.

I had no one to eat lunch with and no one to play with at recess.
“How was your day?” I asked Katie as we walked home. Okay,” she answered automatically and then retracted, “Well, sort of not okay.” “What happened?” I asked very casually. “I had no one to sit with at lunch and then I couldn’t find anyone to play with at recess.  Everyone ran away from me.” Of... Read more »

I will not call to check on my daughter again

I will not call to check on my daughter again
On Saturday night, we returned from our road trip (the one where we visited Katie’s birth family).  On Monday morning, Katie left with my mom to spend a week in Tampa with my parents. Katie has been looking forward to this trip for months, and although she misses us, she has been doing great.  My... Read more »
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When Children's Books and Movies Misrepresent Adoption

On Friday night, I climbed into bed next to Katie for story time.  Although she’s a big kid who enjoys reading chapter books to herself, Katie still loves being read to at night.   We are currently making our way through Judy Blume’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. The book is told from the point... Read more »

Lessons for Mom at the Science Fair

There are little jars and bottles all over my house, half-filled with Momoammonium Phosphate (MAP).   We have MAP in liquid form, sitting in jars of saturated solution.  We have MAP in solid form, growing in jars of crystals.   Yes, it’s that time of year.  The Science Fair.   Last year, Katie did a project... Read more »

A Reassuring Return To Innocence

Andrew picked Katie up from piano lessons on Monday night.  He told me about the conversation that took place in the car on the way home.  “Daddy, why do some people use words that we don’t?” “Like what words?” Andrew inquired. “Well, like the F word,” Katie responded.  Andrew was getting ready for a whole... Read more »
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Thoughts by a Western Mom on the Tiger Mother

As a mother and a writer, I feel compelled to share my thoughts on Amy Chua’s highly controversial memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.  I stayed up much too late reading it last night, and although sleep beckoned, I could not put the book down until I finished the last page. I had read... Read more »