Helping your child cope with divorce: Part 3
Read part 1 and part 2 of our series. The divorce — intense, demanding and emotionally draining — is finally over. Now you’re picking up the pieces, determined to keep your children on track and in line. Everyone is advising you to “move on.” The truth is, you’re ready to look ahead and face lifeRead More »
The perils of a ‘fixed mindset’
Two words to focus on this fall if you are looking to jump-start your child’s learning: “struggle” and “challenge.” What about words like “smart” or “talented”? They can actually be harmful to your child, according to Carol Dweck, a world-renowned Stanford researcher who recently brought her messagRead More »
Helping your child cope with divorce: Part 2
Read part 1 of this series. Read about "collaborative divorce." You’d never know that Ginger and Jerry once lived together as a happy, harmonious married couple, simpatico on most matters life tossed their way. Who knew that parenthood could change all that? When Ginger looks back, she realizes shRead More »
D’oh! Retraining Your Potty Mouth Around Your Growing Toddler
As baby grows, we hang on every sound, every babble, straining to hear his first word. Whether it’s “Da-da,” “uh-oh” or the coveted “Ma-ma,” we delight in each utterance and rejoice in every new word. And then one day it happens: We’re driving, someone cuts us off, we voice a four-letter epithet, anRead More »
Helping your child cope with divorce: Part 1
Betsy’s 9-year-old son just wouldn’t talk about the divorce. He was angry, and that rage sometimes surfaced at school. But around his mother and big sister? Not a word. Even his therapist met with stony silence. Betsy, a Bellevue resident, figured it was time to take action. So she invented “sketchRead More »
Mommy discipline vs. daddy discipline
It’s a time-honored threat: “Just wait ’til your father comes home!” But these days, some believe that old threat has been turned on its head. Today’s dads, they say, are more likely to be the permissive ones, too intent on having fun with their kids; leaving all that unpleasant discipline to mom. IRead More »
Is getting sick good for your preschooler?
No parents send their children to day care or preschool just so they can come home with a runny nose, scratchy throat and a fever. But it happens, and in most cases, it's not a bad thing. In the same way preschoolers must learn to play with others, recognize numbers and recite the alphabet, their iRead More »
Can preschoolers be bullies?
Bullying is in the news more and more these days. Bullying-related tragedies — like one suicide last month in Massachusetts — have parents and educators on high alert. States are putting tough anti-bullying policies in place; online, there is a multitude of resources for parents who worry that theirRead More »