A recent feature in the New York Times about spas that cater to children made me sad. But not exactly for the reasons you’d expect. It was because of this quote, from a mom of one of the pint-sized spa-goers: “I don’t want them to feel that my saying ‘No’ means that I don’t love them.” —New York Times, January 3, 2015 It’s sad that parental love has been hijacked by an underlying belief that our children cannot be disappointed or inconvenienced in order to feel loved. Sad that parents [...]
Halloween can be fun for both children and adults. However, when children are toddlers and preschoolers, it can be a season with great challenges. For older children, it's a time when discussions may turn to issues of independence and appropriateness. Here are just a few things for you to consider beyond what costume to choose.
With an abrupt behavior change we often look for an event, an environment or a physical demand that has become stressful to the child.
Supporting a positive sibling relationship while also keeping a new baby safe is a common parenting challenge. Toddlers and preschoolers are still very much learning about body self-management, impulse control and boundaries. With your help, their developmental work will lead to higher levels of emotional intelligence that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.
To keep children safe but not, at the same time, teach them that the world is to be feared, we focus on developing the child's own safety skills and we talk to them about who can help them.