In a Washington Post piece (7.18.14) entitled “Are You Raising Nice Kids?“, Amy Joyce helps us focus on raising kind, caring children, rather than over-emphasizing achievement. She shares recommendations from Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the Graduate School of Education, and the Making Caring Common Project about how to raise children to become caring, respectful and responsible adults.
Several clients and friends have asked for recommendations for good books on parenting adolescents. I hope you find this list helpful.
Many couples struggle with the giving and receiving of criticism. Often framed in ways that shame, blame, belittle or humiliate, criticism is rarely well-received and usually results in defensiveness and disengagement. A helpful way to get around these pitfalls is to think in terms of constructive, honest and engaged feedback.
100 Conversations is an online resource to help parents and adults conduct important conversations about sex, relationships, values and safety with the young people in their lives. I learned about this valuable resource this morning at a fundraiser for King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSRAC) here in Seattle, and I would like to share it with parents and educators.
I love the following piece by author and clinical psychologist Harriet Lerner — so simple and so wise. It is an excerpt from her latest, easy-to-read and very worthwhile book, Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and Coupled Up. This specific piece (from a chapter on the challenges that parenting presents to couple-hood) offers ten tips for survival.
I loved my Barbie doll growing up in the sixties. My daughter loved HER Barbie doll growing up in the eighties (offers to play with Barbie were made to my sons as well, but they weren’t interested). Did I fail to live up to my excellent feminist college education in the seventies by not banning Barbie from my home?
Author Sloane Crosley*, in the following article from Smithsonian Magazine, suggests that it’s time we cut Barbie some slack, and asks whether the doll really represents such a menace to society.
In this video clip from her show, Oprah Winfrey shares an aha! moment when interviewing author Toni Morrison (author of The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon and Beloved) in 2000.
Appreciation and validation build our sense of importance and security in the world. Does your face light up when you see your children? Here is one simple way to validate your child, to let him/her know s/he is loved and appreciated.
Wesleyan University student Sarah Koppelkam has wise words for parents on the topic of keeping our female children healthy. Her personal blog entry was picked up and reprinted last month in the Huffington Post. Although this refreshing reminder is aimed at mothers, it contains much that fathers will find helpful as well.