12 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Reached Menopause

It would have saved me a lot of trouble and angst to understand what to expect ahead of time. So to save others the frustration and confusion I went through, to confirm what you may suspect, or to commiserate with those of you who were as clueless as I  was, here are 12 Thing I Wish I Knew Before I Reached Menopause. … More 12 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Reached Menopause

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For kids, failure is a critical ingredient in success

Failure is a critical ingredient in success, especially for kids. If that statement seems counter-intuitive or even contradictory, it’s time for you to check out Jessica Lahey’s wonderful book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. The Gift of Failure focuses on the benefits of letting kids … More For kids, failure is a critical ingredient in success

Playtime’s Over!

Playtime’s over, kids! Bossy adults have all but killed it, replacing traditional free play with organized sports, extracurricular activities, and myriad ‘teachable moments’ designed to build a better child. Over the past fifty years, the time kids spend in free play has declined dramatically, with the greatest losses occurring in the past few decades. From 1981 to … More Playtime’s Over!

Avoiding Risk Can Be Hazardous to Your Kid’s Health

In last week’s blog post, Parenting is Risky Business, I wrote about the dangers of using “risk” as a criterion for determining child neglect: risk is subjective, and parenting involves weighing and taking risks all the time. Of course, parents want to shield their children from harm. But in the past few decades, has this desire morphed … More Avoiding Risk Can Be Hazardous to Your Kid’s Health

Kids Need Their Freedom – Just Like in the Past!

Let Them Go! [Sung to the tune of Frozen’s “Let It Go”] The streets are quiet and empty, not a child to be seen. They’re all in isolation, just staring at a screen. Supervised activities, when they’re even allowed outside. Shouldn’t keep them in, they need the exercise. Don’t let them climb. Don’t let them … More Kids Need Their Freedom – Just Like in the Past!