There is no "I" in Parent

There is no "I" in Parent

So much of parenting takes place in the moment and is focused, quite understandably, on the children. I know in my house our morning and evening routines are based on the children’s schedules and much of our social calendar is scheduled around the kids’ engagements. Menu choices for dinner, movies to watch, and games to play are all based, at least in part, on our children’s tastes, moods, and whims. Often I feel that I get lost in the rush.

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When Good Friends are Not Such Good Friends

When Good Friends are Not Such Good Friends

Just when you feel like things are going well and you’ve got a handle on life for the moment, you’re hit with a bout of your child’s social drama (cue the music). It comes out of nowhere as far as you’re concerned because you’re not in the thick of it at school and on social media every day. It’s the worst and it can break a parent’s heart. Your daughter comes home in tears because kids are talking behind her back (or worse, messaging online). Or your son comes home and is strangely quiet and disconnected from his friends.

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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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Raising Contributing Members of Society

Raising Contributing Members of Society

Early in my education training I was introduced to the Father of Progressive Education, John Dewey, who had a great influence on educational and social reform. At the heart of progressive education is raising contributing members of society. The process is not strictly prescribed and the product - the contributing member - is not defined in one way. We are encouraged to seek opportunity to reflect and think critically.

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