Saturday, November 25, 2017

My Parenting Bucket List

If you knew you only had a year left to live, or perhaps just months, what would you need and want to do with and for your children? This last year has been painfully inspiring to me as a mom – I’ve watched friends bury spouses way too early, leaving young children behind, and I’ve [...]

Easy 4th of July Family Fun

The 4th of July is always a little bitter sweet for me – it seems like it marks the second half of summer and yet it feels like the fun is just beginning. In order to harness all of the excitement and anticipation that the 4th can bring, I love to plan games, adventures, and [...]

Do Your Kids Have Talent?

Before you start considering things that we typically think of as talents – dancing, playing sports and learning musical instruments, or singing – think a little bit deeper about your children. I’m talking about a different definition of talent – Thinking Talents – as outlined by researchers and child development expert Dawna Markova. Finding the Thinking [...]

Changing the Way You Pay Attention to Your Child

Why Focusing on the Good Brings Out the Good If you’re a parent, grandparent, or even just live in a community with children (yes – pretty much everyone), take the time to read The Smart Parenting Revolution, by Dawna Markova, Ph.D. Rarely do I fell this connected to a book, but this one strikes a [...]

Where Is the Respect for Elders?

Video of Bus Monitor Karen Klein Being Bullied Is Wake-Up Call for Parents Respect for elders – it might sound like an old fashioned expectation, but the recent video of the 64-year-old but monitor who was bullied and harassed by 7th and 8th grade students is a signal that we need to go back to those [...]

What Do You Know About Your Own Kids?

Why Discovering Their True Selves Helps Them Become Their Best Selves Yesterday I shared a little bit about how our family is using ideas in The Smart Parenting Revolution, by Dawna Markova, Ph.D. when it comes to helping our kids (and ourselves) recognize individual strengths and work toward interdependence. These ideas can’t come to action, [...]

Is Your Child Really Shy?

Why She Might Be an Introvert or HSP I know, I know. How many psychologically construed ways can we describe our children and what we all probably perceive to be as “shy” behavior? The difference, I’m learning, is almost much more about how we react to our children when we understand what makes them tick. [...]

9 Steps to Writing Your First Résumé

Help Your Teen Take the First Step To the Future If you’re the parent of a teenager you might be getting ready to watch your child cross to that exciting and slightly nerve-wracking world of “the first job” – whether it is working at the local drive thru, the mall, as a lifeguard, or in [...]

Healthy Growth for Babies and Toddlers

Measures of Child Development Many parents consistently wonder if their children are on track, making appropriate strides for their ages, and experiencing all of those important milestones that are signs of a healthy child. We go to the pediatrician and trace their height and weight on a chart, mark on the calendar when they say [...]

Are Boys Naturally Competitive?

The Roles of Nature and Nurture in Competition If my own microcosm experience of raising 3 sons and a daughter isn’t enough indication for me, recent research shows that there is a distinct gender gap between the competitiveness boys and girls demonstrate as early as three years of age. In Gender Differences in Competition Emerge Early [...]

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