Parent or Friend? The Unhealthy Blurring of Roles

Disciplining children is a fundamental factor in determining the ease in which a household operates. Children and teens have always ‘tested the waters’ to see how far they can get.  However, it seems that today, parents are simply unwilling to say ‘no.’ Some adults appear quite eager to be their child’s best friend which can …[Read More]

Hunger and Your Child – What’s a Parent to Do?

A recent blog post from a pediatrician, which was also mentioned on the New York Times’ “Motherlode” blog, addressed the question“What do I do if my chubby kids say they are hungry?” Dr. Meeker raised some valid points in her post—what to do about your child eating too much food and why it’s important to set limits on screen time and provide easy access to healthy foods, among other things.

But Dr. Meeker may have provided some misguided recommendations when suggesting how to talk to children about their feelings of hunger. How we talk to our kids about hunger and help them understand it is not as simple as one may think. In fact, more harm than good might happen when people charge in and take total control over a child’s hunger without considering the child’s feelings, self-esteem or how the child thinks of herself.

Coping with Feelings After a Mass Shooting

On Tuesday, August 3, 2010, Omar Thornton kissed his girlfriend goodbye, told her he loved her and headed to work. Within hours, he had shot eight innocent people and then killed himself, creating the largest mass shooting in Connecticut.

The question so many people have is often why did this happen? Could it have been avoided? At this time, it’s difficult to make sense of what happened or why.