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How to Raise Motivated Kids?  A Conversation with Psychologist Dr. Alduan Tartt

How to Raise Motivated Kids? A Conversation with Psychologist Dr. Alduan Tartt

I have a 5-year old and a 2-year old.    Lately, I have been thinking about the subject of how to raise motivated kids, particularly with my older child. My son is a pretty independent kid and generally doesn’t resist tackling a project or homework. (Although I sometimes get “I’ll do it in five minutes.”) But [...]

Is it the End of Cursive?

Is it the End of Cursive?

My 4-year old hovers over my iPad asking me, “How do you spell ‘snake’”?  He efficiently taps out the letters as I call them out to him. On my electronic tablet he can navigate from YouTube to Skype to his favorite video.  He is part of a new generation learning to recognize computer keys even [...]

How to Talk to Your Children About a Tragedy

How to Talk to Your Children About a Tragedy

I heard about the Colorado theater shooting Friday morning.   I was feeding my children breakfast when I glanced at the string of work emails on my phone.  I was momentarily confused when I saw the subject lines. I wondered,  “What had happened over night?’ I opened up an email and realized the magnitude. It was [...]

The Gift of Music

The Gift of Music

Like many parents, we do a night-time routine with our children.  After bath and brushing teeth, we read stories and we always end the night with songs. Both of my children love music, particularly my 21-month old daughter As I’m rocking her, the lights turned off, she giggles and says two words over and over [...]

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

I’m watching my little boy play with his collection of toy animals. He has his dinosaurs, sharks, horses and cows all on display on our dining room table.  Upstairs, I hear my 1-year old daughter giggling as her dad gets her from her crib. These are the moments of life.  I’m so grateful for my [...]

Should Tweens be Allowed on Facebook?

Should Tweens be Allowed on Facebook?

Facebook is reportedly considering changing its rules to allow children under 13 to join the social network.   The Wall  Street Journal reports the company is exploring ways to allow kids to safely access the site, but with greater parental oversight.    Among the options Facebook is eyeing is one that would allow  parents to decide whom [...]

TOP BABY NAMES

TOP BABY NAMES

Isabella is no longer the top baby girl name in the United States.  The Social Security Administration’s official list has Sophia as the new favorite.   Isabella now ranks number two. On the boy’s side, Jacob was the number one baby boy’s name in 2011.   A surprise choice for number two-  Mason comes in [...]

Happy Mothers Day!  The Many Roles of Mom

Happy Mothers Day! The Many Roles of Mom

Happy Mothers Day to all the moms, step-moms and  grandmothers out there.  One day isn’t long enough to celebrate the hard work that mothers do every day.  We wear different hats as we nurture and raise our children.   In that spirit, I’ve come up a list of the many roles of mom. Detective:  Last [...]

The Competency Question

The Competency Question

Time Magazine has a provocative cover story with a mom nursing a 3-year old child. http://lightbox.time.com/2012/05/10/parenting/#1 Not any 3-year old child, but one who has to be in the 100th percentile for height and weight. He looks more like a 5-year old standing on a chair – which only adds to the shock value. The [...]

7 Weird Things about Pregnancy

7 Weird Things about Pregnancy

Being pregnant brings on all kinds of changes to woman’s body.   Some of them obvious and others less so.  Here are a few unusual symptoms moms-to-be may notice.  Don’t fret.  For most women these go away after the baby is born.   Excess saliva Some pregnant women may suddenly notice that they have excess [...]