What Are Parents Biggest Issues in 2018?

What Are Parents Biggest Issues in 2018? It is easy to say that everything about 2018 is an issue but perhaps, we need to narrow our focus just a little to the big issues parents face? There are the obvious parent issues that we all face today- the national mood; money, and anxiety around the future. However, in speaking with groups of people regarding parent issues, FIVE challenges emerge as [...]

By |2018-08-28T18:54:17+00:00September 27th, 2018|Education, Parenting, Parenting Lessons|0 Comments

The High-Maintenance Child

The High-Maintenance Child I will always remember attending the ADD meeting where a mother presented to us the story of her high maintenance child.  He started and was expelled from Kindergarten on the same day! He continued apace as a high-maintenance child in school and at home for the next 14 years until graduation from high school. She displayed a photo of him proudly headed to the stage; however, he [...]

By |2018-08-28T17:41:56+00:00September 21st, 2018|Parenting, Parenting Lessons, Temperament|0 Comments

It’s All About The Brain

"I would not be just a nothin', My head all full of stuffin', My heart all full of pain. I would dance and be merry, Life would be a dingle derry, If I only had a brain." -The Scarecrow, Wizard of Oz It's All About The Brain So, why is LeBron James great at basketball, and you are not?  Why is it that Bill Clinton could walk into a room and [...]

By |2018-08-10T21:25:38+00:00September 19th, 2018|Parenting, Parenting Lessons, Temperament|0 Comments

What Do Parents of Happy Children Have In Common?

What do parents of happy children have in common? Do you wish to raise a happy child? While there is no set formula for such success, there are characteristics and behaviors of parents that we can look to as indicators of what works for a child. 1. Parents of happy children have high expectations of them. Children with parents that have high expectations of them do much better than those [...]

By |2018-08-10T21:13:04+00:00September 13th, 2018|Parenting, Parenting Lessons|0 Comments

The Rules of Kindergarten

The Rules of Kindergarten “Run, jump, dig, explore, talk, build, tear down, pour, yell, saw, hammer, paint, ride, imagine, sing, wonder, measure, ponder, play, reflect, be alone, examine, experiment, express, daydream” I am going to get upset-I warn you in advance. I love kindergarteners because they laugh at my jokes. So, when 80% of our schools are doing wrong by them, I get upset! We have 100 years of research [...]

By |2018-08-10T21:05:32+00:00September 11th, 2018|Education, Parenting, Parenting Lessons|0 Comments

Suicide and Children

Suicide and Children As I write, social media is abuzz about two celebrity suicides in one week. Moreover, a report this week indicated that suicide is becoming a national health emergency with the numbers as reported by the CDC up 30% since 1999. Simply put, life is getting harder for those more susceptible to mental health problems and the resources to support them are ever more scarce. As a parent, [...]

By |2018-08-10T20:58:58+00:00September 9th, 2018|Parenting, Parenting Lessons|0 Comments

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+00:00September 7th, 2018|Parenting, Parenting Lessons, Parenting Style|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+00:00August 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+00:00August 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+00:00August 24th, 2018|Parenting, Parenting Lessons|0 Comments