Resilience: A parenting buzzword gone bad
The Burden of "Resilience" I recently read another feel-good post about letting go of grievances and how important this skill is for children. Certainly, carrying an unresolved grievance—even those that are morally understandable—is a burden. But, asserting the importance of “letting go” without a hint of “how to” is just [...]
Sleep–Your Parenting Matters: Your 3-8 year old
Sleep Although every child is different, there are average sleep requirements for children Most preschool children need between 10 and 13 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. Over the elementary years sleep requirements may begin to lessen somewhat, only to lengthen again as children experience growth spurts and the [...]
Climate Change: Is it raining on your family’s parade?
Families can be stormy. Some are so full of conflict that children and adults face various levels of assault--verbal, emotional or physical--on a regular basis. Whether the nature of the conflicts are adult to adult, adult to child, or child to child, children caught in constant relationship storms are known to either [...]
“Pity Playdate Offer”
Facing disappointment is hard no matter what our age. But when the other child calls later to make mutual plans it is not a “pity playdate offering” unless you or your child claim a “second best” mindset.
Halloween Holiday Help
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.
Sudden Change of Behavior
With an abrupt behavior change we often look for an event, an environment or a physical demand that has become stressful to the child.