Kids! You can talk and talk till your face is blue! Kids! But they still just do what they want to do! Why can’t they be like we were, Perfect in every way? What’s the matter with kids today? -Bye Bye Birdie, 1956

Kids! You can talk and talk till your face is blue! Kids! But they still just do what they want to do! Why can't they be like we were, Perfect in every way? What's the matter with kids today? -Bye Bye Birdie, 1956 Imagine a scenario where you have no control of the changes happening in your body; where you begin to make cognitive leaps and are able to start [...]

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Pick Yourself Up, Brush Yourself Off, Start All Over Again

Pick Yourself Up, Brush Yourself Off, Start All Over Again While parents in the U.S. are expected to provide an even greater investment in childcare, entertainment, protection, college, and after-college care than prior generations of parents here and elsewhere, there are fewer guidelines for what they might expect in return. Parents may feel hurt or betrayed if they do not get the love and gratitude they look forward to and [...]

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The Two Best Websites For Parents

The Two Best Websites For Parents I am often asked to name the best two websites out there for parents. There are, of course, a million sites out there, including this one, offering advice on everything under the sun, but I do have two in mind. When my children were very little, my wife was hesitant for them to see some of the latest Disney movies because she felt that [...]

By |2018-06-05T19:03:54+00:00May 21st, 2018|Parenting, Resources|0 Comments

“If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.”― Bette Davis

“If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.”― Bette Davis As a parent, I am well-used to being told how much I am hated by my children. It started when they were young-very young- and it has continued, although thankfully, it occurs a lot less now that they are young adults. Now, it has turned into something much closer to frustration and resignation [...]

Listen To Your Gut!

Listen To Your Gut! With my own children, I have discovered that I have a gut. Some people will suggest that it is pronounced, but this is a physical result of being happily married to a good cook for many years. However I, also, have an internal sense for the well-being of my children - a gut feeling that eats at me when something appears wrong with one of them, [...]

By |2018-08-23T06:43:12+00:00May 21st, 2018|Parental Advocacy, Parenting|0 Comments

Parents Should Run When They Hear Either of These Two Statements

Parents Should Run When They Hear Either of These Two Statements I remember when I was very young and working at a summer camp with kids dealing with emotional and behavioral issues.  There was one boy, around 6th grade, who saw the glass as 9/10ths empty and who was given to explosive rage at the drop of a hat.  His mother came to visit and asked me how he was [...]

Anxiety, Anxiety! Anxiety! Anxiety! Anxiety!

Anxiety, Anxiety! Anxiety! Anxiety! Anxiety! While some things about kids have changed over time, most have not.  Their needs remain much the same. However, society (and not just in the USA) is changing, and this is causing fissures, concern, and stress in our communities in general and, specifically, is negatively impacting family life. Many of our children are increasingly stressed, and even a perfunctory examination of the evidence makes this [...]

By |2018-06-05T19:36:14+00:00May 21st, 2018|Anxiety, Parenting|0 Comments

Bewitched; Bothered, and Bewildered

Bewitched; Bothered, and Bewildered If only we could each have a pert little nose like Samantha on Bewitched to solve all our parenting problems. Her predominant parenting style involved her meeting her family’s everyday problems with a smile and a twitch of her nose.  Viola! No more problems. One happy family. I have mentioned the importance of each of you understanding your individual temperament in a previous blog.  As parents, [...]

It Is Easier To Build Up a Child Than Than To Repair An Adult

It Is Easier To Build Up a Child Than Than To Repair An Adult We each make a pledge not to be our parent.  We shake our heads, wondering how smart people could have made so many mistakes. We promise that we will do it right. I am the king of those promises.  I knew I could do better than my two parents who left school at 16, who bought [...]

The Face On The Milk Carton

The Face On The Milk Carton Movies, books, and music have portrayed the first half of the 20th century as a fairly idyllic age for children and childhood. If we ignore the minor issues of race, poverty, and injustice that, also, are part of the story of this time, there is much truth to this perception.  There were few drugs; no counter-culture, as of yet, children were largely protected from [...]

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