PARENTS CAN MAKE HALLOWEEN SAFE

“It’s just a little scary these days,” Barbara reminisced reflecting on her childhood days of knocking on neighbor’s doors and being allowed to yell, “Trick or Treat.” “But that was another time,” Dave, her husband, was quick to add to the conversation in his way of a beginning answer to…

PARENT EDUCATION IS CRITICAL

The experts are publishing. Well, don’t they always? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Across the United States, up to one in five children suffers from a mental disorder in a given year.” This equates, according to the report, to more than 17 million young people who…

HOW PARENTS CREATE PINOCCHIO

While she went to the counter to pick up the food order, Mom left her blonde curly-haired, dimpled darling at the table in the small eatery. Upon her return, on the restaurant wall was a huge smearing of ketchup and mustard. The ghastly sight was only a few steps from…

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE LACKED PARENTAL CONTROLS

Of course, I zeroed in on the mention of children and families and on that issue I’ll pick Hillary as the winner of Sunday’s Presidential Debate. She’s had years of working for the betterment of families. The two UCLA Political Science Professors who, following the debate, answered questions, posed by…

CAR RIDES AREN’T FREE

My way of parenting in the age of electronic gadgetry has spawned an entirely new way of living life at our house. One category is “The Car Ride”. “NO gadgets when riding with me in my car,” I said to the youngun’ some years ago.. Response: Eyes roll. Chest heaves…

PARENTS AREN’T PERFECT

Since we aren’t perfect people, there is no way perfection graces us just because we’ve become a parent and are in charge of our children. And Let’s take this one step further: There are no perfect children. Some years ago, at the close of a parenting workshop I conducted, a…

PARENTS CAN MAKE KIDS MONEY SMART

How early for money management? The sooner the better and the use of simple day to day experiences go a long way as teaching tools! 5 year-old Andy gets a $25 Toys R Us gift card for Christmas. Andy’s first lesson is to determine what he wants to buy. He…

PARENT TALK

The business consultant said his grandmother told him he was bound, in all situations, to tell the truth, but cautioned him to recognize that didn’t mean the same thing as telling everything he knew. The bank manager said his mother told him women should never let their purses sit on…

#PARENTS, IF #BLACKLIVESMATTER. . .

I can’t help but wonder why the #BlackLivesMatter movement hasn’t included in its target of eliminating deadly force against “the people”, The Maury baby-daddy Show. While the show doesn’t depict cops with blazing guns or dead bodies of young black men laying lifeless in the street, the message portrayed on…

TROUBLESOME TEENAGERS

One foster parent complained that the teenager she was in charge of didn’t come back home some nights. “Just stayed out like she thought she was grown,” was the follow-up grumble after announcing the young lady’s wayward behavior. So, what were the consequences? What kind of conversation took place regarding…

PARENTS AIN’T HAPPY

Home environment sets the tone. Unfortunately too many parents don’t see things that way. “All he wanna do is fight,” said the distraught father about his young son. It’s okay to take up for yourself but nowadays being a bully gets kids in trouble, dad went on to explain. How…

MOM IS THE BEST ?

Brianna’s mom’s the best – so she thinks. Well, maybe in her circle of friends she has earned and truly deserves being placed in such a category. Sitting there in the nail salon, with her feet immersed in the swirl of warm water in the “Spa Pedicure” chair, Brianna’s mom…

PARENTS NEED TO COUNT THE KIDS

Parents of current times seem to have generated an important check-list question when leaving home with the kids in tow. Back in the day (an expression which was frequently used when the elders, folks my age, started talking about yesteryear) – when parents were living life with less stress –…

PARENT TIME AT THE CONVENTION

                 My Daddy is better than your Mommie The Democrats roll in to Philly this week and the Ringling Brothers Circus, second act, with magic fanfare, costumes and just perfect make-up will be all about thrilling or disgusting the viewing public. Is this…

PARENTS FORGET THAT KID’S LIVES MATTER

The question parents keep asking goes something like this: “What do I tell my children about the recent racial violence in America?” Well, parents, if you’d been on your job, which is that of preparing children for life, there would not now be a panic search for answers . Whether…