How do you define inappropriate language in your home? What are the consequences for inappropriate language? Why does inappropriate language and the consequences matter? These were three questions I had to answer recently. Here’s the story. I was at my kitchen table writing an email while my eldest son was pretend playing in the television more »
Today’s question actually came from a friend several month’s ago. “Rick” and his wife have an infant son. Rick is a great guy but tends to worry (like many parents) and sometimes that worry leads to asking loaded questions. Rick’s specific question to me was “How do I know if I am doing a good more »
Today’s behavior blog will focus on the relationship some children have with their mothers. In my home, the boys really like their mommy time. I used to joke that when my oldest son was smaller, he was mommyfied. (I know spell check- it’s not really a word) The competition for mom’s time is fierce. They more »
Today, I want to answer a question I received from “a friend” about a child who is giving her some troubles behaviorally. There have been books written about this topic but I hope the following will give you some concrete footing when attacking the problem. The basic background is a mom and dad with three more »
Happy Monday to all of you. Today’s education blog is going to give you another inside look to what is going on in some schools around the country. I believe when parents are informed- children will benefit so let’s dive in. D U C Dat? (Did you see that) In a nutshell that is your more »
I think most of us know that (nationally speaking) there are a lot of problems with high school education. There is a disconnect at certain schools. Some students do not want to learn due to a poor attitude. It also could be a lack of understanding of why the material they are learning is relevant. There are also teachers who get frustrated because of student attitudes. This sometimes can hamper teaching efforts. But, the situation I am placing the spotlight on is different. Teachers should be wise to assume that every child has a camera phone. One child captured a 90 second rant from a student named Jeff Bliss like something you have probably never heard. Read more
Last week, I wrote an article called Teaching Hatred Through Sports. Little did I know about the hatred that would occur yesterday at the Boston Marathon. Although the entire situation sickens me; I have understood that one of the dead is an 8 year old child. I cannot pretend to imagine what the family is going through. At a time where there are few answers to be found; here is how I talked about the situation with my 9 year old son. There may be a tip you would like to use with your child as well.
A question was posed to me recently about what age is the right place to start to get an allowance and what the conditions should be. Here are my thoughts and they may surprise you a bit.
I have seen many children’s faces this time of year. For some, the little wrinkles and the pursed lips seem to come out even more than when they get into trouble. For others, they seem to get a bit more quiet than usual even to the point of being withdrawn. That’s because standardized testing is right around the corner. What you’ll find inside are some tips which have worked very well for students of mine over the years. I hope something you’ll read will work for your child as well! Read more