Parenting in Troubling Times

Hateful violence and calamitous natural disasters touch all of us. Hearing about about scary events can leave children feeling unnerved, angry, or shaken. One need not have directly suffered from a natural disaster to be frightened, angered, or upset by nature’s power to cause harm. Parents want to help our children emotionally and spiritually process what is happening in and outside […]

The letter your teen can’t write you

Parenting teens is not for the faint of heart. This blogpost by author Gretchen Schmeltzer offers encouragement for the role of parenting a teenager. http://gretchenschmelzer.com/blog-1/2015/6/23/parent-corner-the-letter-your-teenager-cant-write-you

Gender Spectrum Resources

How can I best raise my gender variant or transgender child with love and compassion, even when I barely understand the issues ahead of us? And what is gender, anyway? These resources help offer a deeper understanding of gender variant and transgender children and teens so that we are better equipped to support our children […]

Racial Justice Resources for Parents and Kids

It is easy to sidestep frank conversation about race, class, gender and sexuality, and disabilities. But if our children are to be justice-makers, we must talk. Children naturally notice racial and cultural differences and economic, social, and other disparities. Make it your mission to affirm their questions. Give truthful answers as best you can; admit what you […]

Kindergarten – “the age of memorable statements”

By this age your child is talking in looong run-on sentences, paragraphs and wandering monologues. You will be amazed and entertained by the profound and uncensored things they say. If your child is in school they may have a more structured schedule demanding more focused attention. Kids at this age still need lots of time […]

7th 8th Grade – friends are more important than parents

Your child is changing so fast—in body, mind, and emotions—that you hardly know her anymore. One day she’s as responsible and cooperative as an adult; the next day she’s more like a six-year-old. Figuring out the new rules for you behavior as a parent can be intimidating. When is it acceptable to “like” their posts […]

5th & 6th grade – the age changing attitudes & emotions

Children at this phase are like the socks they buy, with a great range of stretch. Some are still “little kids” and others are quite mature. Some are already entering puberty, with body, emotions, and attitude changes during this stage. Friends become “best friends” and peer approval is highly motivating. Don’t worry, your opinion will […]

3rd & 4th grade – the age of curiosity & fairness

  What I’m Like: My curiosity and eagerness to explore new things continues to grow. Friends are more important. I enjoy playing and being with peers. I may follow you around the house just to find out how you feel and think, especially about me. This is the age of “Fairness – rules are rules, […]

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