Posts by Deb

Play Date Sharing

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Parenting | 0 comments

Play Date Sharing

It’s Sunday afternoon, two hours into your four-year-old daughter’s third play date with the neighbor’s kid from across the street. So far, you have had to come up with at least 30 different ways to convince your child to share the toy she’s got in her hands. There are at least a million and one different toys available, but your daughter’s guest only wants to play with the toy your child has. The problem isn’t so much that the girls are getting tired, but YOU are getting tired and rapidly running out of creative ideas to manage the impossible sharing dilemma. Really, the only option left is to just stand in the room and every time your child picks up a toy...

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Is your child gifted?

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Is your child gifted?

What would happen if we all were able to be the best we could possibly be? How might our children, our community, and maybe even our world be different if we were all able to function at the top of our potential? What if the child sitting in front of you was able to develop into the highest form of themselves? Isn’t this, after all, exactly what we all want? Isn’t this the very reason we invest so much time in our children? In fact we all work very hard to provide our children with the tools necessary to accomplish just this result. We watch the kids on TV programs that demonstrate remarkable abilities and wonder why our child doesn’t do the same. At times, it...

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Tattling Vs. Bullying

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Parenting | 1 comment

Tattling Vs. Bullying

Is your child’s school protecting the bullies? My daughter was six years old and attending the public school in our neighborhood. She was always a sweet child; gentle with animals and kind to her friends. She was a bright enthusiastic student with a proclivity for math. She loved going to school. She was eager to learn and make new friends. Always the social buff. She also had a lisp that sometimes made it difficult to understand her, and it made her different. Approximately two months into the school year her happy attitude began to change. At first I just thought maybe she was tired or coming down with a cold–some simple thing that would be easy to resolve...

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Welcome to the “Am I A Good Parent” show!

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Welcome to the “Am I A Good Parent” show!

One day, while enjoying an evening at the park with my two-year-old and five-year-old, I was astonished when one of the other moms actually walked over to my older child and began to tie her shoes for her. It was the end of the day, and we were all in need of a nap. My daughter had been tying her shoes for almost a year by that point, but on occasion shd pretended not to know how. This is kind of a normal thing, testing whether or not she could get Mom to do it for her. It’s a stage just like the “let me do it” stage where they won’t let you do anything for them. I never gave in to her pretending and eventually she would just give up and tie her own shoes. Then...

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Dealing With Those Tough “Stages?” It Will Pass.

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dealing With Those Tough “Stages?” It Will Pass.

Nothing lasts forever. Specifically, childhood is not forever. I have a very close friend who once told me his three-year-old daughter was going to be the ruin of his marriage and of his sanity. She screamed. She screamed all morning while everyone else was trying to get ready for the day. She screamed about something she wanted and wasn’t getting. She screamed about what food was (or wasn’t) for dinner. She screamed to the point she ruined everyone else’s mood. My friend took her to every doctor they could think of, but she was perfectly healthy. They didn’t know what to do. Everyone in the family was extremely stressed. He and his wife were fighting, their...

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