The Importance of Community in Parenting

The Importance of Community in Parenting

The concept of Free Range Parenting has gotten quite a bit of attention lately, perhaps in response to years of coverage of Helicopter Parenting. But instead of championing one practice over another, I wonder if we can turn the conversation from helicopter vs free-range parenting to building community. There are a lot of articles out there that question parent decision-making. It’s easy to judge after the fact, but harder to help parents think about how to make informed decisions initially. Tracy Cutchlow suggests, that instead of judging other parents, we should reach out to each other and develop a strong community to raise our children.

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Got Gratitude?

Got Gratitude?

According to psychologists Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, gratitude can actually improve your physical health and mental alertness. And if that doesn’t convince you, they also suggest people who express gratitude also are more likely to offer emotional support to others. It sounds like a win-win, so why not give it a try?

Truly give thanks. The art of gratitude is acknowledging and offering. The first step is understanding what you have to be grateful for and the second step is offering the thanks. Whenever possible share the thanks with someone if they play a part in what you are grateful for. Now is as good a time as ever to start or reinvigorate a practice of gratitude for yourself and also with your family. Here are some tips to help you:

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Using Reflection for a Positive Spin on Parenting

Using Reflection for a Positive Spin on Parenting

It’s easy to hear criticisms of parenting. We hear them in our everyday lives, literally walking down the street, “Do you think your baby is hungry? Is that why she’s crying?” We hear them on the television when reporters highlight the most recent “shocking” story of a parent letting their kid walk to the park or bus stop alone. We can even hear them from our friends who unintentionally (or even intentionally) judge us for allowing our kids to watch too much TV or have a smartphone.

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My Kids Are on the World Wide Web...Now What???

My Kids Are on the World Wide Web...Now What???

My teens begged for Instagram accounts. Then it was Facebook. And then Snapchat. And new apps continue to appear with great frequency. I resisted for quite some time. Isn’t a phone enough? I knew that once they signed up I would have to be super vigilant and get involved. It wasn’t that I was nervous about them entering the world of social media (I was, but the fear wasn’t stopping me), but I was not sure I had the bandwidth for one more thing. The edtech expert in me knows that in order to help kids develop a filter for right and wrong and appropriate and inappropriate, I would need to jump in with them.

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