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? Since the role of television is a complex issue with no right or wrong answers and …

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 to a vast array of imagery, ideas and stories in our homes can …

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 Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d write about our love for our children and …

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? What super power would you like to have? When have you been most …

Questions?

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 to better conversations or connections in your family? Please send in children’s questions that …

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 ways you can teach your children self-control in your day-to-day life. I’ve separated …

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 conversation. To that end, please respond to the following question. Send your response …

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 early and has energy and vocal cords that work by the break of …

Happy New Year!

Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. – Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850 Confident Parents, Confident Kids wishes you a happy new year! We are spending this holiday season with family and friends but …

What Can I Do about Sandy Hook Elementary School?

Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart walking around outside your body. –       Elizabeth Stone And this is the very reason why the events of Sandy Hook Elementary School have shaken us all to the core. Because it is our very exposed heart …