The root of bullying is shame

By Dr. Shefali Tsabary, PhD, clinical psychologist and founder of #EndShame. Reposted with permission. There is a new “discipline” fad going around: Your kid does something “bad” — you post it on the Internet. You put a sign around their neck that defines their “crime” for all the world to see. After all, when they win trophies, we do the same, don’t we? The Internet has taken on the form of the public shaming square. Read More …

Stay involved in your child’s school life

By Michelle Calfee, an Ed.D. student at Carson Newman University I have worked in education for 15 years, and I have seen many different situations with students who go to school outside the home. There are students who go home to parents who ask how their day was and have a genuine interest in their day at school. There are many active parents who volunteer at the school, participate in the PTA, discuss their child’s Read More …

What presence means to me

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Oct. 24, 2008, but it echoes a sentiment many Attachment Parenting parents have heard from well-meaning friends, family members and even strangers to take some time away from our infants and toddlers, without realizing that ample presence with our children may be exactly what gives us balance. By Christina Geyer of An American Expat in Deutschland and Mamas Worldwide I can’t count the number of times that Read More …

Using presence to raise independent children

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Oct. 22, 2008, but it carries a timeless message of the payoffs of giving presence to our children, allowing them to develop independence on their own developmental timeline. By Kayris Wall of The Great Walls of Baltimore and Mommy, What’s For Dinner? One day, when my son was a baby, I took him to the grocery store. He started to cry, and as I lifted him out Read More …

Playing together

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on October 10, 2008, but its message about the importance of presence is as timely today as then. By Tara, Feels Like Home I have a secret. I am a mom’s group drop out. I researched for months and found a local playgroup so that my daughter and I could meet some local moms and kids. I joined, paid my dues and then I flunked out. They didn’t Read More …

Giving our children presence…at work!

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Oct. 9, 2008, and in the past 7 years since, workplaces are increasingly becoming more family friendly, including allowing employees to bring their babies to work with them. By Carla Moquin, president of the Parenting in the Workplace Institute For many working parents, their desire to be present for their children is at its most visceral when they return to work weeks or months after their baby’s Read More …

Parent-child conflict resolution

By Elisa Llamido, a producer, actress and writer and the creator of “The Perfect Pregnancy Workout vol. 3: The Ancient Art of Belly Dance for Labor,” living in Orlando, Florida, USA, with her husband, 19-year-old stepson, 5-year-old son and four frogs My 5-year-old son and I were on our way in to the grocery store when I suddenly realized that he wasn’t beside me. I turned back to see him standing on the sidewalk transfixed, Read More …

A working mom seeks balance

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on October 7, 2008, but it gives timeless tips to working mothers struggling to feel balanced. Guest post by Annie, PhD in Parenting Mommy guilt. Just about every mother suffers from it, but there is no cure.  It seems no matter how much we give, how hard we try, in our own minds it isn’t enough. Some days I feel like a do a pretty good job of Read More …

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