I’ve encountered a lot of misunderstandings about offering children choices recently. I’m hoping a rundown might help. Today, focusing on why and when choices are a good idea. 1. Why offer choices? One of the most critical and valuable pieces of advice we can receive in today’s social media-saturated world is “Don’t Read The Comments.” … Choices: Why? When?
Oh, and parenting websites. Those too. If you’ve dug around my blog at all, you’ve probably seen quite a few references to my philosophy of “Question Everything.” And if you follow my work, you know that I run a number of parenting websites (via facebook, mostly). And if you’ve followed me on Facebook, you probably … The Problem With Parenting Books
As most of you who read this blog know, I’m a stickler for words and definitions. One of the places in which this comes up most frequently is in regard to “consequences.” It’s not that I like being annoying, it’s that I just can’t help myself from commenting on this. Not to skirt responsibility or … Consequences & How We Misuse Them
I want you to do me a favor. I want you to go on a little trip with me–a “what if” trip. A trip to an imaginary place, where everything you know and value and feel is suspended for a few minutes. In this place, when you come in, there will be shelves. You will … Experiments in Parenting: What If?
As a critical consumer, one of the things I want to know most about it bias…because it’s always there. When I read studies, I want to know who funded them. I want to know the political or personal or religious beliefs of the authors. When I read an article or watch a news story on … I’m All About The Kids
It’s the first day of a new year. Where I live, the sky is clear and blue, temperatures in the high 20’s (Fahrenheit). It’s a beautiful day. And so it begins. In the last few days, on many of the lists and groups I frequent, I have started witnessing an infamous yearly ritual practiced by … “You’re Not Sugar, You Won’t Melt.”
Today, a story came out on National Public Radio about teaching children words via a new Sesame Workshop (the company that owns Sesame Street and associated products and media) app called “Big Bird’s Words,” the third piece in a 3-piece series on early literacy. In this piece (available both in written and in audio … The Best In “Interactive Platforms”
This article in the Washington Post, has been popping up in my facebook newsfeed a lot these days, even though it was written about a month ago, which I am aware is equivalent to a geologic era in internet time. Let me say, right up front, that I agree entirely with about 90% of it … Right Conclusion. Wrong Questions.