Parent-Teacher Conversations

          Productive collaborations between family and school, therefore, will demand that parents and teachers recognize the critical importance               of each other’s participation in the life of the child.  –          Sara Lawrence Lightfoot Teachers gain plenty of experience over time having difficult conversations… Read More

Television, Navigating the Content of our Global Neighborhood

All of television is educational. The only question is: What does it teach? –          Nicolas Johnson, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission School age children in the U.S. watch on average twenty-eight hours of television a week according to Nielson Media Research. They spend… Read More

How is television used in your home?

How do you manage television usage in your family? What rules do you set when it comes to quantity – the amount of time it’s on and quality – the kind of content watched? Have you noticed how television has influenced your children?… Read More

Television, Navigating our Global Neighborhood

Television takes our kids across the globe before parents give them permission to cross the street. –          Joshua Meyrowitz And those journeys through television can offer exposure to various cultures giving our children greater social awareness. However we also know that access… Read More

Unconditional Love and Attention

Accept the children the way we accept trees — with gratitude, because they are a blessing — but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are. –       Isabel Allende In honor of… Read More

Are Questions the Answer?

Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. – Roger Lewin What do you know about the biggest creatures on earth? What nighttime dream do you remember most vividly? Why do you think you remember it?… Read More


This week I am thinking about the value of open-ended questions, those that do not have a right or wrong answer. What questions have your children asked that have challenged you? How have they made you really think? How has it contributed… Read More

Strategies for Teaching Self-Control

“I think of discipline as the continual everyday process of helping a child learn self-discipline.” – Fred Rogers The responders to the question “How do you teach children self-control?” provided lots of rich ideas. In addition to theirs, I have added some… Read More

How do you teach your children self control?

The purpose of the blog is not only to send out helpful strategies and ideas for parents on ways to teach social and emotional skills, it is also to promote dialogue around those issues so that parents are contributing to this important… Read More

A Truly Good Morning

I love the mornings! I clap my hands every morning and say, ‘This is gonna be a great day!’ –      Dicky Fox, Jerry Maguire, 1996 Do you consider yourself a morning person? Are you someone who loves to get up bright and… Read More