I read a book by Lenore Skenazy called Free-Range Kids. The author was dubbed "America's worst mom" for trusting her son to ride the subway in NYC alone. Just a note, he made it home perfectly safely. And also another note: I don't think I could have done it. Lenore has now started the "free range movement" and is trying to encourage parents to relax and allow their kids to … [Read more...] about Are We Raising Bubble Wrap Kids?
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Word on the street is that Generation Z is the most significant generation in modern history. As their parents, of course we know our kids are special. But what makes researchers and marketers also say Gen Z is so unique and important? And how have we, their Gen X parents, helped shape them into such fabulous people? First, a quick primer on the two generations. Gen … [Read more...] about Slackers No More: Gen X Parents Raising Amazing Gen Z Kids
Have you ever wished your little one hadn’t blurted out that naughty word to his oh-so proper grandparents -- an expletive he evidently learned when you accidentally slammed your finger in the door last week? Have you ever watched your child eat and, in horror, had to ask yourself, “Did he just watch Animal Planet before this meal?” Has your child ever done something so … [Read more...] about How to Raise a Polite Child
Out of all the women on Bravo’s reality documentary TV program, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Peggy Tanous (who joined the sixth season cast) resonated with me the most. Maybe it was because I empathized with her postpartum depression struggles and noted her courage to talk about it in a very public forum. Maybe it was because she, with her holistic edge, championed for … [Read more...] about Former “Real Housewife” Peggy Tanous on Motherhood & Life After Reality TV
In the last week, there has been a publicity blast for a new memoir, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" written by Amy Chua, a professor at Yale Law School and first generation Chinese-American. Her somewhat provocative article, and excerpt from the book, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior” has been making the rounds on the internet and has sparked responses and rebuttals from … [Read more...] about Can We Take a Lesson from “Chinese” Parenting?