A Fork in the Road

  Your children are not your children They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself… You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts.  –          Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923 Parenting in the year 2013 is a great balancing act. We know that the fear …

Take the One Thing for Spring Challenge

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in the movement there is life, and in change there is power. – Alan Cohen How …

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 about students with parents. However if you are parent, you may only experience …

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 an average of 5.6 hours doing homework and 1.8 reading. They may only …

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 …

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