Nov 22 / Simcha

Raising Kind Children (A. Joyce)

giveawaysIn 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.

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Feb 27 / Simcha

Conversations about Sex

100c100 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.

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Nov 02 / Simcha

In Defense of Barbie

barbieworkingI 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.

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Aug 31 / Simcha

Building Self-Esteem in Your Children: A simple tip

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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.