PARENT OR PAL? One parent of teenagers wrote to an advice columnist, “I want my kids to feel I am their friend, but I can’t get used to the way they and their peers treat me like a waiter, expecting me to pick up after them and fetch them a soda whenever they snap their fingers.” The columnist’s response: “If you were serious about the role of parent, you wouldn’t have to get used to such … [Read more...] about PARENT OR PAL?
TALKING WITH CHILDREN ABOUT YOUR MISTAKES If you’re a typical parent, you want to help your children avoid mistakes you made at their age—and you face that task with some trepidation. Will the kids take “stay away” warnings seriously if you just pretend your own slip-ups didn’t happen? If you do share your past mistakes, will they be used as ammunition against you—or might they actually tempt … [Read more...] about TALKING WITH CHILDREN ABOUT YOUR MISTAKES
TALKING WITH CHILDREN ABOUT YOUR CHILDHOOD It was a classic joy of the family circle: parents and grandparents sharing “when I was a child” stories. Family circles may be harder to come by in the age of individual screens, but you can still discover the pleasure of family storytelling—and use your memories to improve family relationships. Get Everyone On Board in Advance A few tips for … [Read more...] about TALKING WITH CHILDREN ABOUT YOUR CHILDHOOD
TEACHING TO INDIVIDUAL NEEDS It’s challenging enough to manage a well-ordered household when that household includes two or more children with different personalities and interests. When you’re teaching twenty or more children with different personalities, interests, learning styles, backgrounds, and personal struggles—well, “challenge” is an understatement. How can you keep the class functioning … [Read more...] about TEACHING TO INDIVIDUAL NEEDS
PARENTING TO INDIVIDUAL PERSONALITIES There’s a story that a child psychologist used to lecture on “Ten Commandments for Parents.” After his own first child was born, he changed that to “Seven Rules for Parents.” Then a second child arrived, and the program became “Suggestions for Parents.” By the time his third child was in kindergarten, he had given up the lecture circuit. It’s a major … [Read more...] about PARENTING TO INDIVIDUAL PERSONALITIES