Category Archives: Parenting

Make the Ordinary Come Alive

Do not ask your children

to strive for extraordinary lives.

Such striving may seem admirable,

but it is a way of foolishness.

Help them instead to find wonder

and the marvel of an ordinary life.

Show them the joy of tasting

tomatoes, apples, and pears.

Show them how to cry

when pets and people die.

Show them the infinite pleasure

in the touch of a hand.

And make the ordinary come alive for them.

The extraordinary will take care of itself.

William Martin, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching Continue reading

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Have You Lost Your ESSENCE?

Among the topics of discussion was a review of the neurological changes in the adolescent brain and the four extraordinary features that emerge as a result. Dr. Siegel believes these qualities are the ESSENCE of cultivating vitality and maintaining optimal brain health throughout the lifespan. Continue reading

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The Problem with Helicopter Parenting

“Helicopter parenting” has become a familiar term, referring to the tendency of parents to “hover” over their children, micromanaging every aspect of their lives in order to “help” them succeed. Some degree of “hovering” is necessary, especially when children are very young. You really do need to monitor them to keep them safe. The problem I see is that parents often don’t know when or how it’s appropriate to pull back from this style of interaction. Continue reading

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Mommy Not So Dearest

How could you not love your mother? Shouldn’t you want to be close to her? Isn’t it bad to want her out of your life? Continue reading

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Miss Representation

A new documentary called “Miss Representation” premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  This film explores how the media misrepresents women, ultimately undermining their political power and influence.  I saw a screening a couple of months ago, and  think the film … Continue reading

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Canadian court bans anonymous sperm & egg donation

For the first time in North America, the child of a donor has won the right for future donor offspring to know their biological parents.  Read the rest of the story here: http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110527/full/news.2011.329.html

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Transitioning Young Kids

I recently had the experience of transitioning my youngest child to preschool and feel compelled to write about what I witnessed and learned during that process.  Now, mind you, my child is attending an excellent preschool, handpicked by her psychologist … Continue reading

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