Communication between parents and children is constant, but it's not always of the kind we most wish to have. The practicalities of daily life often call for a lot of commands, not to mention reprimands, and on a bad day these can form the bulk of what we say to our children. .... read more
Hah. It's really quite preposterous for me to offer up a tips list on this subject. A tendency to fly off the handle is one of my most disagreeable and persistent traits, and something I battle with -- largely unsuccessfully -- every day. For me, anger is the most tempting of .... read more
In our first column, we introduced the idea that how parents make sense of their own early life history is one of the best predictors of how their child will become attached to them. At the heart of that process is integration, the linkage of differentiated parts of a system. .... read more
There's no doubt that you do an awful lot of talking to your young children, but all too often it may seem as if your words go unheard. Communication is obviously a two-way process, but there are some steps you can take on your end to ensure successful conversations with your .... read more
Years ago, before we had children of our own, my husband and I went out to eat with my brother and his family. When our food was served, my nephew, who was about 5 years old at the time, looked at his burger and tried to interrupt the conversation that was going on among the a.... read more
Between a parent and child, communication is everything. From the moment a parent locks eyes with a newborn baby, they are engaged in the most intense communication feedback loop that anyone will ever know. The quality of that communication undergirds the child's sense of self.... read more
Sometimes we need a little reminder of the larger purpose of all the endless mediating and listening and explaining and encouraging and comforting we do with our children and their friends.Here are just the words to make us feel that yes, indeed, it is all very worthwhile:"Ult.... read more
When parents select a preschool for their child, it's the beginning of a very important partnership between the school and family. Just like any partnership the success depends on a number of factors including the establishment of a foundation of trust and mutual respect. Once.... read more
Divorce is a foundation-shaking event for young children -- that's the truth of the matter. But divorce is also a part of modern parenting, and census statistics make it clear that's a constant in our world as well. With an eye toward taking the topic both as seriously and as .... read more
As parents, we’re our children’s first teachers in virtually every subject. In a short time, however, their schoolteachers will outpace us in teaching them math, music, art, science and writing. (And thank goodness for that!)But when it comes to educating our kids about th.... read more
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