Respond with Sensitivity

Helping children through divorce

September 21, 2015

When a marriage breaks up, the effects on the children are the biggest cause of worry and source of guilt for parents. Children will now no longer be able to be with both parents every day.  Sometimes they will not even be in the same city. In unfriendly cases, children are like ping-pong balls, bouncing […]

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The beauty of art, a book and a conversation

September 18, 2015

Some of the qualities I cherish most about my daughter are her love for reading, writing and art. I feel as though they allow me to see the world through her eyes. These forms of expression provide me with a wonderful channel into her viewpoint, thoughts and feelings. They also have opened up the lines […]

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He told me he was afraid of losing

September 4, 2015

Earlier this summer, I signed up my 5-year-old son for a kids’ triathlon — a bike race, running race and water obstacle course. I was sure he’d be excited. He loves to race in the yard and pretends he’s riding his bike in the Tour de France. But when I told him about it, he […]

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Smartphones and parenting

September 1, 2015

Instinct tells you it’s been too long. She’s been too quiet. It has only been a few minutes since you held her. Probably all is well, but you can never be sure without checking. And, even if all is fine, you long to lift her, hold her, gaze at her. You wonder why you didn’t […]

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Give your child what school cannot — rest for the brain — and free them to grow into their own

August 28, 2015

Becoming mature is not inevitable. Not all children enter the adult world able to hold on to themselves while, at the same time, mix with others. For some adults, the ability to respect the boundaries and values of others, and still keep their own, is not an easy to do. For these adults, having their […]

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Being a mother means…

August 24, 2015

Being a mother: It means… …to hold and nurture you inside my body until the moment you arrive in this world. …having unconditional devotion to another being till my last breath. …to trust my instincts and teach you to trust yours. …to care for you, embrace you and answer all your cries. …to endure exhaustion […]

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He just wants to be held

August 22, 2015

By Julinda Adams I am the mother of two boys ages 15 and 9. Earlier this year, when I read the APtly Said post, “Using presence to raise independent children,” it reminded me of my own experience, and I left the following comment: “I, too, had a grocery store experience with a stranger’s advice, but […]

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There’s a monster under the bed

July 27, 2015

When I was a little girl, I was certain there was a monster hiding under my bed, waiting to grab my feet and drag me under the bed! To fool him, I would take a running leap onto my bed at night. Sometimes I thought that I jumped too close to the bed, so I […]

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