Archives for January, 2011
Think about how often you repeatedly tell your kids to keep their hands to themselves, stay out of trouble, or to "leave that alone." Did any of your kids have more trouble than others learning self control? According to a new study, those kids may have more difficulties in their adult life with money, reaching goals, health problems, and even substance use and smoking.
If you have followed this blog for a while, you may recall a post I had about your experience with potty training. I'm thankful that my potty training days are finally behind me. However, there were some fun moments and methods through that time. I'll share a few with you now. Cartoon Potty Time I tried this out with my first one. I put the little potty chair in front of the TV and had her sit on it with no bottoms. Ideally, I'd just given her a big cup of juice or other drink right before - or she'd just finish it when she sat down.
Whether you are a fan or just a casual observer, chances are you've heard of TLC's "Toddlers and Tiaras" and MTV's "Teen Mom" and "16 and Pregnant." Ten years ago, reality TV was just starting to get popular. Now you see more than people being contestants on islands or weird competitions. This is real life on TV with parenting on display. Toddlers and Tiaras I know people who have been in pageants and I am not here to say that all pageants are a bad thing. Many girls have probably enjoyed their experience and gotten a lot out of it. Miss Nebraska just won the Miss America pageant and she seems like a solid young lady. But I do think some of the parents on Toddlers and Tiaras some pretty odd and even questionable things with their kids.
I've had posts about role models before, and this time it's your turn. Mothers are among the most influential people in a child's life. Research is showing evidence of this by how healthy their child eats.
On Wednesday, the nation got news of a tragedy in my home state of Nebraska. You've most likely heard at least a blip about the school shooting that happened in Omaha Wednesday afternoon. While a suicide/homicide incident is certainly not the norm among teens who kill themselves, it's a powerful example of how teen suicide can have an impact on a community.
What do you think matters the most, your young child's progress on the alphabet or her ability to play well with others? You might be in for a surprise, according to this fascinating article I found. If you want your child to be college-bound, you might be inclined to push the numbers and letters (even pressing early reading). While these skills are certainly important, the authors of this article make a case for social engagement as the number one priority.