Monthly Archives: October 2014

Chimpanzees, Parenting and Fun

Chimpanzees, Parenting and Fun

  “One thing I had learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that having a child should be fun.” –Jane Goodall Good Morning! “…having a child should be fun.”  I was so excited when I found this quote.  I sure wish I had seen this quote when I was in my “witch on a

Why “Earlier is Not Better”

Why “Earlier is Not Better”

  “Earlier is not better. All children accomplish milestones in their own way, in their own time.” – Magda Gerber   Good Morning! Today it seems that doing everything earlier is not only encouraged but expected.  Our high schoolers are taking AP college courses.  Our middle schoolers are learning algebra, geometry and sometimes even pre-calculus.

When To Say NO

When To Say NO

  “Anybody out there who is a parent, if your kids want to paint their bedrooms,as a favor to me, let them do it. It’ll be OK.” ― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture As a parent it is often hard to know where to draw the line.  Am I being too strict? Too lenient? How do I

How To Teach Your Children

How To Teach Your Children

  “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin Good Morning! As a young parent I felt it was my duty to impart all of my knowledge to my children. (Little did I know at the time how much they would teach me.) During those

The ADD/ADHD Diagnosis

The ADD/ADHD Diagnosis

  “There are many positives with ADD, including a surplus of ideas, creativity, excitement, and interest which accompany this kind of mind.” – Sari Solden, “Women With Attention Deficit Disorder.” Good Morning, Very often when a parent is first told that their child has ADD/ADHD they can only think of the negative traits of ADD/ADHD.  My

Anxieties and Arguments

Anxieties and Arguments

  You don’t have to attend every argument to which you’re invited! Dr. Lara Markham http://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools/positive-discipline/Parenting-Strong-Willed-Child Good Morning! I was reading an article by Dr. Lara Markham and this sentence really resonated with me.  It was a thought that I have often had but never could quite put it into words as well as she

Busy Families

Busy Families

  “As you rumble and rush through your day, pause to remember how amazing and new the world is to the young children in your life.” Explorations Early Learning Good Morning! It’s Monday.  It is the beginning of the week and most likely it is going to be a busy week. School, homework and a

ADHD – A Different Ability

ADHD – A Different Ability

  “ADHD. It is not a disability, it is a different ability” Unknown Raising a child with ADHD is not always easy, but it sure is never boring!  It takes patience, it takes the ability to always stay calm and it takes the ability to not take everything so seriously.  I am very lucky that

Parent Lessons

Parent Lessons

  ‘Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist’ – Michael Levine Good Morning! The day I brought my first child home from the hospital was the scariest day of my life.  I had no idea what to do!  For the first time I fully realized that

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