"Mabel, Mabel, if you're able, keep your elbows off the table." That was the chant in my house when we were growing up, the reminder that it wasn't okay to put your elbows on the table. Nor was it okay to use your sleeve to wipe your face, burp out loud, ask rudely for food to.... read more
It's a curious thing about having a self-reliant child: You love that he can take care of himself, and you hate that he doesn't need you. Having a child who doesn't require your attention 24/7 might sound pretty darn good to the parent whose child doesn't give her a moment.... read more
I often hear from parents how difficult their mornings are. Getting the kids up, dressed, fed, brushed, (loved!), and out the door to school can really be challenging. It's especially tricky when you, too, are trying to pull yourself together, get ready for your day, whether y.... read more
There is such a build up to the holidays. As December approaches, we imagine how much fun the season will be ...sugar plum fairies and all. Our heads are flooded with warm memories of the winter holidays from our own childhoods. Then, the day after Halloween it hits: gifts.... read more
One of the joys of being a parent is getting to do the fun kid stuff all over again. Stuff like sharing Easter baskets, making valentines, and dressing up for Halloween. You can hardly wait to dress up your nine-month-old in that lion costume and parade her around the neighbor.... read more
When a parent describes her child as "shy," I usually ask, "So what were you like when you were growing up." 99% of the time, the parent, almost sheepishly, describes herself or the child's father as having been some form shy (painfully shy, horribly shy, debilitatingly shy,.... read more
Home is the first school house. And children's attitudes about books and reading begin at home at the earliest ages.Pretty much all children start out loving books. Young children display their love of books in all kinds of ways: piling them high to makes towers; pulling the.... read more
Summertime, and the livin' is easy... As much as we all cherish the carefree days of summer, by the time the September approaches, children are usually ready for the school year to begin. While summer brings a whole different kind of living-less pressure, fewer "have-to's,.... read more
"Summer time, and the livin' is easy..." Well, that is until your two children in the back seat of the car start fighting. Is there anything that drives a parent more nuts?Since it is not likely that your car arrived factory equipped with a chauffeur's screen, the one you flip.... read more
Growing up can be really tough. There are many peaks that children must scale on the pathway to adulthood. One of the most challenging of those is learning to tolerate disappointment. What a climb that one is, not only because it is hard for our kids, but it is downright painf.... read more
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