Tagged as: parenting

Biting Among Toddlers and Preschoolers

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The memory is still fresh: I take my daughter to her pediatrician for her 18-month-old checkup and he asks me, “Any hitting, kicking or biting?”  Just like that!  I thought, this man is a genius! A mind reader! How did he know I was about to bring that up?? What followed was a discussion about how toddlers her age, up through preschoolers, frequently talk not through words, but through physicality. If another child grabs your child’s toy, he or she is just as likely to reach out and hit, slap, bite, kick or scratch as to say, “Excuse me? I was using that. May I please have it back?” Read more…

When Parenting Your Adult Child Is Like Parenting Yourself: A Story

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When my daughter Charlotte went off to college, suddenly and abruptly petless, it did not take long before she determined the rule about pets in dorms: fish only. On impulse, and accompanied by a new friend who had a tank of goldfish in her room, Charlotte made her way to the nearest pet store and bought two Siamese fighting fish, also known as Bettas, and a small plastic divided tank to keep them from killing each other. Read more…

Encouraging the Artist in Every Child

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Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” A quick glance around an African-American friend’s home recently showed me that he and many of his relatives have, delightfully, not grown up. At least, not in the way that concerned Picasso. Read more…

Four-Part Podcast Series on Raising and Educating Children in Today’s Culture

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Many thanks to Wendy Grinberg of URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) for contacting me after reading my article “10 Ways to Raise Resilient Kids in Turbulent Times” in The Huffington Post and inviting me to be interviewed for a series of podcasts on modern day parenting. We discussed all sorts of issues pertaining to boys and girls of all ages. It was a very interesting thing to do and a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy it! Listen…

Raising Wholesome Children in Today’s Culture: 10 Tips for Parents

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Following the publication of my recent Huffington Post article, “It’s Time for the Global Village to Stand Up for Our Children,” I feel much less alone with my anomie.

For the past 15 years, I have grown increasingly alarmed by, and vocal about, the ways in which our culture sexualizes young girls. I have parallel concerns about boys, who are messaged to view girls as objects—often by girls themselves, who have learned to tie their self-esteem to their sexual desirability, as so many marketers in this country have expertly orchestrated. Read more…