Posts in Parenting

Experts tend to agree that there is no single style of parenting that works for all children, nor any “right” way to raise a child. Some children, for example, thrive with firm boundaries, while others excel with independence, flexibility, and respect for their self-directed nature. Similarly, some children have a strong interest in being social, while others prefer alone and quiet time. Temperament plays a role and having an understanding of what characteristics of your child appear to be their nature can help guide parenting decisions. This section will contain articles that pertain to specific parenting-related topics and issues that have come up in our discussion with parents of middle-school age children.

Topics/Posts

* How to Talk to Your Teenager About Pornography
* 7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders — Forbes Magazine (on line)
* You’ll Never Learn! Students can’t resist multitasking, and it’s impairing their memory.
*When Role Models Fall: Talking to Boys About Heroes Gone Bad
*Train a Parent, Spare a Child
* How To Talk with Kids about a School Shooting
* Money and Your Kids
* Parenting Links
* Adolescents and Romantic Relationships
* Help your daughter resist the call to be too sexy, too soon
* Boys and Body Image Tips
* This American Life: Middle School
* School of Hard Knocks:‘How Children Succeed,’ by Paul Tough
* Changes in the Parent-Child Relationship -Middle School (related to helping your pre-teen successfully take on the new demands of middle school.)

  1. Changes in the Parent-Child Relationship -Middle School (related to helping your pre-teen successfully take on the new demands of middle school. )

    [ By on December 03, 2012 ]

    Changes in the Parent-Child Relationship From -The Successful Parent Website post- Middle School (link to full post) There are many changes that occur in the parent-child relationship during early adolescence, but what we are concerned with here are those related to helping your pre-teen successfully take on the new demands of middle school. During elementary school parents often assist their children with basic school tasks. For many parents, it has become a regular practice to do some of the child's work for them and/or to rescue them when they forget to turn in assignments on time, forget due dates of projects, forget to bring supplies to school, and so forth. After ...

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  2. School of Hard Knocks:‘How Children Succeed,’ by Paul Tough

    [ By on December 03, 2012 ]

    School of Hard Knocks ‘How Children Succeed,’ by Paul Tough By ANNIE MURPHY PAUL  Published: August 23, 2012 Most readers of The New York Times probably subscribe to what Paul Tough calls “the cognitive hypothesis”: the belief “that success today depends primarily on cognitive skills — the kind of intelligence that gets measured on I.Q. tests, including the abilities to recognize letters and words, to calculate, to detect patterns — and that the best way to develop these skills is to practice them as much as possible, beginning as early as possible.” In his new book, “How Children Succeed,” Tough sets out to replace ...

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  3. This American Life: Middle School

    [ By on December 03, 2012 ]

    449: Middle School (Link to podcast)   Oct 27, 2011 This week, at the suggestion of a 14-year-old listener, we bring you stories from the awkward, confusing, hormonally charged world of middle school. Including a teacher who transforms peer pressure into a force for good, and reports from the frontlines of the middle school dance. (Pictured: 7th graders at a costume dance, dressed as chararacters from The Outsiders.) Host Ira Glass interviews a 14-year old named Annie, who emailed us asking if we would do a show about middle school. She explains why exactly the middle school years can be so daunting. (4 1/2 minutes) Act One Life in the Middle Ages In an ...

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  4. Boys and Body Image Tips

    [ By on December 02, 2012 ]

    Boys and Body Image Tips Boys are affected by the media's standards of perfection, too. Help them attain their own ideal -- not someone else's. by Common Sense Media | Feb. 27, 2012 | Physical health Body Image Matters to Boys Advice & Answers Obsessed with their bodies: The new truth for boys Why body image matters for boys Tips for parents of all kids Tips for parents of elementary school kids Tips for parents of middle school kids Tips for parents of high school kids Obsessed with their bodies: The new truth for boys The pursuit of a perfect body is no longer just a "girl" thing. Boys are ...

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  5. Help your daughter resist the call to be too sexy, too soon

    [ By on December 02, 2012 ]

    Too Sexy, Too Soon In our sexed-up society, can a pro-girl movement help your daughter resist the call to be too sexy, too soon? by Caroline Knorr | Feb. 8, 2011 | Sex and violenceConsumerism Advice & Answers In our sexed-up society, can a new pro-girl movement help your daughter resist the call to be too sexy, too soon? Tips for Parents of Young Kids Tips for Parents of Pre-Teens and Teens In our sexed-up society, can a new pro-girl movement help your daughter resist the call to be too sexy, too soon? They're spray tanned. They're body waxed. They're wearing high heels in kindergarten. And increasingly in the ...

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  6. Adolescents and Romantic Relationships

    [ By on November 29, 2012 ]

    The Wall Street JournalThe Wall Street JournalWall Street Journal - The Wall Street JournalWork and Family Why Puppy Love Matters for Parents Among all my endeavors as a parent of teenagers, understanding their affairs of the heart has been the most baffling. Mostly, my approach has been, "Hands off." New research suggests I might do better by meddling a bit. WORKFAM TIm Bower Long dismissed by researchers as trivial and fleeting, teen romance is emerging as a powerful factor in kids' development—one in which parents have a major role to play, new studies show. The romantic ties kids ...

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  7. Money and Your Kids

    [ By on November 07, 2012 ]

    #1) Your Children and Money By Dr.Maryann Rosenthal Having money, of course, isn’t the same as having character. But I believe that how we use money reflects our character. Too many Americans spend mindlessly and, even worse, give their teens no instruction in responsible spending. This can only create a generation of financially irresponsible and self-indulgent adults. The truth is, what you leave in your children as core values and healthy habits is far more important than what you leave to your children in your estate. Yet money management is talked about in few households. Most parents, having themselves received no instruction, are uncomfortable with money and tend to keep children in the dark about financial matters. But ...

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