Is Your Child Easy to Parent?

So often parents come to my office or my classes perplexed and distraught about the difficulties they are having in parenting their child. “But I couldn’t love them more!” they often tell me; and it is clear that this is true. Lack of love from parent to child is never, thankfully, the issue for the…

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Impulse Control in Young Children (and Young Teens)

A recent study on parenting discovered what researchers called an “expectation gap” wherein 56% of parents believe that children under the age of three have the ability to resist doing something forbidden and 36% of parents believe that children under the age of two have this ability. Fact: if everything is perfectly on track developmentally…

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A Good Start but…

I’ve seen several articles and videos lately about the ways we could do better in terms of “sex education.” And I agree and I’m glad we’re talking about this. But… While these articles highlight the need to incorporate issues of consent, empathy, relationship skills and social media warnings into the ways we teach our kids…

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Worried about “Socializing” your Shy Child? Worry no More!

Shyness, not wanting to go to school and “lack of” friends in school-age children are often sources of concern for both parents and teachers. However, when we look at these phenomena through a developmental lens we can begin to see that they should not be a source of alarm; in fact, they are usually a…

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Making Sense of Peer Orientation

“When children become preoccupied with their peers and would prefer to be with them rather than with us, it is a sign for us that we must win them back. I tell parents to look for two warning signs of peer orientation. The first is when a child does not seem to be able to…

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