There are two types of shame. Appropriate and toxic.
Shame is defined as:
1. the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself or another:
2. susceptibility to this feeling
Healthy shame (or embarrassment) is necessary. It guides us. It corrects our behavior. After yelling at your child–“Wow, I really lost it. I am not the worst parent… Read More
The recession has been good for the holidays. This is the second year that the ethos of the holidays consists of getting less, spending less and really tuning into what the deeper messages about the seasons mean. Most parents who toned down the consumer frenzy last year were much more content with their holiday celebrations. Less stories about over stimulated kids ripping through mountains of presents and then demanding more… Read More
If you are squeamish about scatological concerns you can stop reading now. If, however, you can take on the tough topics of pee and poop, tushies and penises, read on:
At Soho Parenting our approach to toilet training is gradual, developmentally informed, and child-centered. We encourage parents to start this process somewhere between eighteen and twenty-four months. We suggest they buy a potty, let their toddler be naked and show… Read More
By Michelle Paget, LCSW RYT
Summer is already over? Wow, that was fast! The school year started, and children are doing their best to get back into the swing of things. After two months of enjoying vacation, camp and free time, children are expected to sit for almost seven hours straight during the school day.
I can honestly say that I know how they feel. As a school… Read More
By Liz Greene
It was late July and far too hot for me to take my preschool class outside. The kids were starting to get rowdy, so I offered up a question to regain their focus: “If you were a Jedi, what color would your lightsaber be?”
The chorus of colors hit my ears almost immediately: oranges, greens, blues, purples and reds.
From one lone boy, Russell, came… Read More
By Akanksha Sadana-Raswant, Founder of Wholistic Tutoring
Mindfulness is a powerful word that surrounds us daily, but what does it really mean?
Mindfulness is purposefully bringing awareness to the present moment, and as a result, paying attention to the full experience. Children and parents can learn to embrace their emotions and deepen their knowledge by spending five to ten minutes a day engaging in mindfulness.
In a city where… Read More
One of the sweetest and most treasured memories of our children’s early childhood is the nightly bath. Although tired and spent from the long day, it is a time to sit down and enjoy the wonderful world of a child in water. Pretend play, bubble fun, talk and laughing not to mention the pleasure of watching your child’s beautiful naked body swim around and get squeaky clean … Read More
By Tiffany Knipe
One of the first things I learned in medical school is that medicine is, indeed, an art—not a science.
So is parenting.
This is something I learned long after becoming a pediatrician—but shortly after becoming a parent. Having grown up in a home with a mother who is truly an artist (the paint-to-canvas kind)—and my own natural proclivity for all things science—the… Read More
By Elyssa Ackerman, LCSW and Founder of Strategic Parent
Communicating with your teen can really test your patience. One minute your teen is asking you for money or permission to hang with friends, the next they are slamming the door and stomping out. It is no wonder parents of teens find themselves frustrated and confused.
Teens are irrational, and, according to Dr. Mike Bradley, author of Yes, Your Teen
by Bethany Saltman
Kim John Payne has spent the last 27 years studying families. As a school counselor, consultant, educator, and private family counselor, his work has taken him around the world, and he is a longstanding participant in the Waldorf movement. Payne’s latest book, Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids (Ballantine Books/Random House, 2009), pulls together his central ideas… Read More