Dear Readers, I have stepped away from my blog for a time. Colleague Megan Stonelake is filling in with insightful posts about parenting. Enjoy. Given the popularity of the time out on parenting websites, it may come as a surprise to many parents that time outs aren’t the most effective form of discipline. Parents may [...]
Dear Readers, I have stepped away from my blog for a time but my colleague Megan Stonelake is filling in with insightful posts about parenting. Enjoy. There are some misconceptions about how parents discipline when they don’t use punishment. The assumption about discipline appears to be that parents either punish their children with violence and [...]
I don’t know about you, but I often hear people say things like, “His parents really raised him right,” when good things happen for a young person. Or, “Her parents must have let her run wild,” when a teen or adult child gets into trouble. But is that really true? Are parents mostly to blame [...]
Posted in Uncategorized Also tagged Addiction, Al-Anon, alcoholism, culture, environment, genetics, Judith Rich Harris, mental illness, nurture and nature, peers, The Nurture Assumption
I loved being pregnant. When I carried my first born inside me he was safe and I controlled everything. I ate healthy foods, never drank alcohol or even took a Tylenol. I took naps and tried to think positive thoughts. I just knew he would grow up to be beautiful, smart, talented, motivated and full [...]
Posted in Uncategorized Also tagged Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon, Far from the Tree: Parents, mental illness, personal growth, powerlessness, schizophrenia, self-care, The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do by Judith Rich Harris, thought disorder, unconditional love, When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don’t Get Along by Joshua Coleman.