I cannot be the only one...whose child's behavior, or lack thereof, has an uncanny ability to make you lower yourself to a level of response that you are ashamed of later (or in my case, immediately). A child can bring out your childlike happy go-lucky side or a petty not-so-nice side that has been hibernating within your psyche since junior high school. ...more
Cross-post from dousingcomets.wordpress.com 9/13/2012:We often take for granted how much media and culture affect us as individuals, how T.V. and commercials really do seep into our brains without a second thought. How the individuals that make decisions about programming, in a way, have us by the nads. ...more
By now, most of us have seen the study from the Journal of Child Psychology indicating that yelling at children is just as harmful as spanking. So let's review what parents can't do to discipline their children:...more
Christmas is such a magical time of year for children young and old alike. But the most magical piece for little ones isSanta. So why do adults insist on using him as a threatening figure?Sound familiar?...more
Joh16:5-11 The past few days I have been dealing with a number of mom's who kids are missing. It is difficult, sad. I received an email from a colleague damning me--calling me "narcistic", "peter pan", and a "lost boy." But all I know is what Will Tuttle put into words:Our behavior invariably reflects our understanding, and yet our behavior also determines what level of understanding we are able to attain. ...more
What does it mean to be professional? That term is open to interpretation. When you're first out of school, however, you're not quite sure what to do. Here's a great list of 40 harsh realities and best practices to help you be more professional (or at least fake it) from Kim Z Dale on Listing Toward Forty.
(Photo credit: George Eastman House)Christmas is such a magical time of year for children young and old alike. But the most magical piece for little ones is Santa. So why do adults insist on using him as a threatening figure?...more
I’m going to be honest with you guys. I’m really tired of my son.
The level of disrespect and general level of unhappiness is becoming so distressing that I’m barely functioning as his mother. I don’t want to be around him. I don’t want to do anything for him....more
This was my scene the first Friday in June. It was the last day of school for my girls and O and I were going to watch them both perform in the school's talent show. He and I had talked about our day, what we would be doing and in what order. I had also prepared a bag (my large pink one) with enough snacks, drinks and activities to last us through the two hours we would be outside at the school. In my mind, we were ready. ...more
Note: I reference a lot of mental disorders in this blog post. I want you to know that I take mental illness very seriously and I'm not poking fun at anyone who suffers from any sort of mental disease. I'm merely pointing out that a two-year-old very much takes on the symptoms of certain disorders, especially demonic possession Think about it, you could find any symptom out of the DSM-IV and apply it to a toddler. That would make a pretty great psychology thesis! ...more