parenting

ABC US News | ABC International News Kim Brooks left her child in the car for 5 minutes to run into a store and get her child a pair of ear phones.  Her four year old son stayed in the locked car, the windows cracked on a mild day because he didn’t want to go […]

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Resilience, empathy and leadership. Respect, compassion and perseverance. Authenticity, gratitude and integrity. In preparation for my presentation Creating a Community of Character: Inspiring our children to become role models for The American Camp Association tomorrow, I asked my Facebook audience yesterday for their top 3 values that they would like to see in their children.  […]

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My daughter’s current goal is to learn how to do a cartwheel. She’s four years old and loves gymnastics.  And while some might believe that goal-setting with a preschooler might seem premature, I beg to differ.  I figure, teach them now and it will be a natural part of their lives forever more. Of course […]

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I was interviewed for Today.com about “selfies,” photos we take of ourselves and then post online usually to see how many “likes” and positive comments it garners.  While we know celebrities do it (Miley Cyrus ranks #1 for number of selfies on twitter)– why are teens turning to posting selfies for public satisfaction? Teens are […]

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I was on the Today Show this morning talking about teens and sexting.  A new study suggests that boys are sexting more than ever–  aiming to get the attention of girls in profoundly inappropriate ways.  Here are some questions parents have asked me– and some answers that I hope will be helpful to you as […]

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Yesterday was one of my worst parenting days.  You ever have one of those? Coming off a night of tossing and turning I just shouldn’t have gotten out of bed.  But with a 3 and a 4 year old, you really don’t have that option.  So groggy with a bit of cotton-head I got up […]

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“Hi Robyn; We’re fine. It missed us by 2 street blocks.  We’re fine, our houses are fine. So sorry we weren’t able to call or text during the storm.  We love you guys.” In the recent past, I’ve written articles about how to talk to children about horrifying events such as the SandyHook, Connecticut shooting […]

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As we now all know, yesterday’s tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon resulted in at least 176 people injured.  Nine of them are children—at least 8 of whom are being treated in hospitals.  One child, 8-year-old Martin Richard, was killed during the Boston Marathon explosion while enjoying ice cream with his family. His 6 year […]

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As a parent, I often wonder about how the toys and role models in my children’s lives translate to behavior.  I tend to be the kind of mother who encourages a wide range of toys, games and books.  I am less about banning (unless it is truly counter to our family’s core character-based values) and […]

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In honor of our daughter’s 4th birthday, I am republishing some of my adoption articles. This is the third article in the series. Happy Birthday to our sweet baby girl. Believe me.  This was not what I had envisioned when I thought about pregnancy for myself.  I was more of a traditional gal—thinking that the […]

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