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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What if Your Child’s Frustration Could Connect You?

Whether our children are toddlers or teenagers most of us know that sinking feeling that occurs when our child begins to explode–whether it be the back-arching of the toddler, the sibling hitting of the seven-year old or the hissed “I hate you” of the teenager. These moments, and the long moments that follow, are often…

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Don’t Cut Those Apron Strings…

Adolescence: a time to “get back your life,” to “let go,”, to “push independence”…or, maybe not. These common cultural ideas around adolescence  don’t actually reflect what our teens really need from us.  When their children become teenagers, parents often feel that their job is somewhat “done;” that they can devote more time to their pursuits:…

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