Teens

The Sensitive Child who Doesn’t Look Sensitive

Often when we hear a child described as sensitive it conjures up an image of a child who cries easily and often, is keenly attuned to the feelings of others and is physically weak and frail. It’s true that kids who present this way are often highly sensitive, but what would you think if I…

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Creating a Village One Meal at a Time

  In thinking about all the things I do in the service of “good parenting”, by which I mean creating the conditions conducive to my boys’ growth and maturation, there is one that is so simple, so indirect, as to almost slip right under the radar. And, yet, when I turn my attention to this…

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Raising Future Adults in Tumultuous Times

Oh, these days. These enraging, difficult days where women are reminded how little (many of) those in power care about our humanity; where we are reminded that our bodies are so often seen as the playthings of men (“the laughter is indelible in the hippocampus”), and where the pain caused by being treated with such…

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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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