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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Do Parents Really Need a United Front?

March 23, 2017

Nancy Weinstein offers a mother’s contrarian view, admittedly developed out of desperation A common theme in child psychology is the importance of presenting children with a united front when it comes to rules, discipline and behavior. If Dad says it, Mom needs to back him up. And vice versa. Otherwise, as the psychological research tells us, children will feel confused and conflicted rather than getting the clear structure and reliable rules they need to feel safe and secure. According to Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., author of The Ten Basic Principles of Good Parenting, “My advice is that if your child is not yet eleven or so, you and your spouse should do what you can to present a united front. It will make life… Read More

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The Value of Siblings: Don’t Listen to the Stereotypes

March 8, 2017

The nature vs. nurture question comes up frequently in education and parenting circles. By most estimates, it’s about 50-50. In other words, 50% of who you are comes from genetics and the other 50% is environmental. That allows parents and educators plenty of influence. So what does that imply for stereotypes about the “selfish only child”, the “responsible first child” or the “lazy youngest child”?   Parenting and psychology expert Dr. Susan Newman provides us the research behind the stereotypes and what parents can proactively do to avoid the stereotype trap. Guest Blog by Susan Newman, PhD If you are the parent of one child, it’s hard not to think about only child stereotypes and hope that none of them will… Read More

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