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10 Habits to Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Child. "We need 4 hugs a day for survival.

10 Habits to Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Child

We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth. " -- Virginia Satir We all crave those close moments with our children that make our hearts melt. That's what makes parenting worth it. Connection is as essential to us as parents as it is to our children. That connection is also the only reason children willingly follow our rules. What teens really want to know about sex. On the first day of my Sexuality and Society class, I don’t pass around anatomy drawings.

What teens really want to know about sex

I don’t hand out pamphlets about safer sex, although those are stacked on a table near the door. Instead, the first thing I do is establish ground rules. People should speak for themselves, laughter is OK, we won’t ask “personal history” questions, and we’ll work to create a community of peers who care about and respect one another. Only then can we get to work. Class_schedule_bt.jpg (JPEG Image, 1755 × 1240 pixels) - Scaled (58%)

The Power (and Peril) of Praising Your Kids. What do we make of a boy like Thomas?

The Power (and Peril) of Praising Your Kids

Thomas (his middle name) is a fifth-grader at the highly competitive P.S. 334, the Anderson School on West 84th. Slim as they get, Thomas recently had his long sandy-blond hair cut short to look like the new James Bond (he took a photo of Daniel Craig to the barber). Unlike Bond, he prefers a uniform of cargo pants and a T-shirt emblazoned with a photo of one of his heroes: Frank Zappa. Thomas hangs out with five friends from the Anderson School. They are “the smart kids.” Since Thomas could walk, he has heard constantly that he’s smart. But as Thomas has progressed through school, this self-awareness that he’s smart hasn’t always translated into fearless confidence when attacking his schoolwork.

For instance, in the early grades, Thomas wasn’t very good at spelling, so he simply demurred from spelling out loud. Thomas is not alone. When parents praise their children’s intelligence, they believe they are providing the solution to this problem. The-Last-Time-poem.jpg (JPEG Image, 600 × 1272 pixels) - Scaled (78%) 25 Ways to Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?'  This year, Simon is in fourth grade and Grace is in first grade, and I find myself asking them every day after school, "So how was school today?

25 Ways to Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?' 

" And every day I get an answer like "fine" or "good," which doesn't tell me a whole lot. Or at least get a full sentence. So the other night, I sat down and made a list of more engaging questions to ask about school. They aren't perfect, but I do at least get complete sentences, and some have led to some interesting conversations... and hilarious answers... and some insights into how my kids think and feel about school. 1. 2.

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That means a whole lot of fiction, nonfiction, music, movies, games, and collectibles… including rare and out-of-print literary treasures. Authors BeckyPotluck-genius, insomniac-procrastinator and crafting-whiz. EmilyPR maven, news junkie, baseball fanatic, late-night talk show watcher, frequent restaurant diner and former VH-1 reality show addict. JimFilm buff and wanna-be chef. JDMusic enthusiast and all around acceptable person. KateRecovering English Major with a penchant for poly-blend, bibliophilic worms. MeredithDonned in an apron, baking pies and other tempting treats – there's nothing desperate about this housewife. Subjects Search the Blog Subscribe via Email via RSS Follow HPB Subscribe via RSS The Half Price Blog Monday. Rocks In My Dryer: Works For Me: Teaching a Child To Hold a Pencil. I cannot take an ounce of credit for today's little tip--my son's preschool teacher taught it to me years ago.

Rocks In My Dryer: Works For Me: Teaching a Child To Hold a Pencil

It's such a good one, I couldn't keep it to myself. You probably know how hard it can be to communicate to a child exactly how a pencil should sit properly in his or her little hands. My son's teacher told me to do it this way: 1. Take a Kleenex and tear it two pieces (a full Kleenex is too large, so just use the half piece for this trick.) 2. Top Tips when your Child Won't Listen: Parenting Skills. Introduction Children’s selective hearing is a big source of frustration for parents!

Top Tips when your Child Won't Listen: Parenting Skills

A child who is defiant, stubbornly refuses to cooperate and ignores simple requests can make every day feel like an uphill struggle. Supernanny Expert 5/5 stars (rated 78 times) Top Tips Before you can expect your child to listen, you need to ensure you really listen to your child. As a parent, the pressure of 101 things that need to get done can sometimes make it hard to listen. Careful listening shows that you respect your child’s feelings and gives her space to explore a problem and, often, find her own solution. How to Listen Give your full attention. “That sounds frustrating” “You’re disappointed that we have to leave now” Helping Your First Overcome The Oldest-Child Syndrome.