Posts Tagged ‘parenting’

The Birth of Christmas: Talking Santa

The Birth of Christmas: Talking Santa

“Reality will eventually out but there’s so much reality in this life that one of the delights of childhood, and of being a parent, is to spread a little fairy dust occasionally.” – Emily “Dear Prudie” Yoffe, on when to tell kids about Santa   “No, seriously,” my seven year old daughter insisted from the [Continue]

Adulthood’s Glory

Adulthood’s Glory

“You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around and why his parents will always wave back.” – William D. Tammeus, writer We stand at sunrise. Behold, with that first burst of light, the vastness below. The landscape explodes, it is [Continue]

Like Ninja with Cookies

Like Ninja with Cookies

“Do a good turn daily…a reminder of the many ways girls can contribute positively to the lives of others.” – The Girl Scout Slogan, 1912 They’re dressed in green vests or blue tunics, big smiles, and this time of year—if you’re like the old me—we run from the button-cute sight of them. Girl Scouts (cue [Continue]

A Tree of Three Seeds: Cultivating Independence

A Tree of Three Seeds: Cultivating Independence

  “No Mommy, I do it myself!” -Universal Battle Cry of the Newly Independent Independence: Children, teens, new-hires, sophomores—anyone in a neophyte role—fights for it. Then, when that freedom is in their grasp, it naturally blooms into fear. This is the moment that we, as parents and mentors, both revel in and dread. This is [Continue]

I Hate Cookies

I Hate Cookies

“A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties…Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward…” -Albert Einstein Do it and you get a cookie. That is the essence of behavioral modification therapy. The more I [Continue]

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