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Stretching the Umbilical Cord; The Dreaded Helicopter Parent-Are You One?

Stretching the Umbilical Cord The Dreaded Helicopter Parent-Are You One? In a recent report from Developmental Psychology, author Dr. Nicole Perry suggests that those children whose parents are over-controlling when they are young are less able to control their emotions and impulses as they get older. Evidence reveals that controlling parenting is linked to a number of problems as a child grows up: It suggests that to foster emotional and [...]

By |2018-08-10T20:52:13-07:00September 7th, 2018|Parenting, Parenting Lessons, Parenting Style|0 Comments

The Six Best Parenting Books To Read This Summer

The Six Best Parenting Books To Read This Summer The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness by Ned Hallowell A wonderful book, practical and uplifting.  Hallowell suggests a five-step plan to provide children with the ultimate gift of happiness.  He argues that these five qualities- connection, play, practice, mastery and recognition hold the key to future healthy and happy children. This book is a celebration of the child. All Joy and No [...]

By |2018-08-10T20:47:10-07:00September 5th, 2018|Parenting, Resources|0 Comments


S.O.B.* Save Our Boys! Our boys are struggling in today’s economy, education system, and society, in general. Both objective statistics and subjective stories from parents and teachers suggest that our boys are dropping out of traditional societal work and relational commitments. The cliched image of the young man living in his parent’s basement and playing video games is becoming more and more commonplace. Girls, too, have challenges that we will [...]

By |2018-08-10T20:44:50-07:00September 3rd, 2018|Resources|0 Comments

Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburgers!

Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburgers! There is no greater sacred cow in our society than our educational system.  Look at this picture of a classroom from the 19th century: Now look at one from the 20th century: Finally, compare to a typical 21st-century classroom:  What differences do you see between the three?  I would argue very little. Compare this to a business, bank, production line, or hospital today, all of [...]

By |2018-08-10T20:36:13-07:00September 1st, 2018|Education|0 Comments

Parenting Single, But Never Alone!

Parenting Single, But Never Alone! The next time you think you have it tough as a parent, just give some thought to our single parents. As a result of divorce, abandonment, a spouse’s death, or an unplanned pregnancy, single parents are living in a situation that they did not choose. Men and (largely) women find themselves in the unexpected position of being single parents, and yet, they take on this [...]

By |2018-08-10T20:29:06-07:00August 30th, 2018|Parenting, Resources|0 Comments

Is My Child On Track for High School Success?

Is My Child On Track for High School Success? This assessment is divided into five separate question areas.  Each area represents a cluster of skills that are essential for academic and career preparation and success. If the answer to an individual question is in the affirmative, please place a tick in the adjacent box. Your Child: Academic Skills: Metacognition: Social-Emotional Development: Self-advocacy: Executive Function: Please note that the scores indicated [...]

By |2018-08-10T20:26:03-07:00August 28th, 2018|Education, Parenting, Resources|0 Comments

Nature Deficit Disorder

Nature Deficit Disorder In his book, Last Child In the Woods, author Richard Louv coined the phrase Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD). This is not an actual medical diagnosis. What Louv does say is that today’s children suffer from too little exposure to nature. He argues that being exposed to nature is essential for any child’s development, and that we now have a second generation of children for whom the natural [...]

By |2018-08-10T20:20:42-07:00August 28th, 2018|Parenting, Parenting Lessons|0 Comments

In Praise of the Good-Enough Parent

In Praise of the Good-Enough Parent If you emotionally or physically abuse your child, you are absolutely not behaving as a good parent and person. Otherwise, there is no such thing as a perfect parent- we all are great at times; at times, we fall short of the mark. Let us, instead, give praise to the good-enough parent. The good-enough parent is the vast majority of us. We try, we [...]

By |2018-08-10T20:15:45-07:00August 26th, 2018|Parenting, Parenting Lessons|0 Comments

How Much Quality Time Should You Spend With Your Child?

How Much Quality Time Should You Spend With Your Child? This is a phrase I really do not like.  I first heard it in the 1990s, and I disliked it then. Today, I am still not a fan, Let’s ask your boss for her opinion. How many hours a day does she believe constitutes real quality work by you for the organization that employs you? Your employer is likely to [...]

By |2018-08-10T20:08:18-07:00August 24th, 2018|Parenting, Parenting Lessons|0 Comments

Graduation-Now What?

Graduation-Now What? "Another turning point A fork stuck in the road Time grabs you by the wrist Directs you where to go So make the best of this test And don't ask why It's not a question But a lesson learned in time It's something unpredictable But in the end it's right I hope you had the time of your life" Green Day - Time Of Your Life Entering the [...]

By |2018-08-10T20:01:53-07:00August 22nd, 2018|Education, Parenting, Resources|0 Comments