Top 10 Things That Teachers Wished Parents Would Know

August 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Education, Parenting

Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio update July 29, 2010: You are in this together. You and the teachers are a team. Teachers want you to know that they have your kids’ best interest in mind. Speak respectfully of school, teachers and administrators. Disagreeing with something is not synonymous with talking negatively and disrespectfully about the institution or your child’s education Make... 

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Your Children Are Masterpieces

July 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Child Development, Parenting

Your children are masterpieces!

He was standing in front of the room, drawing. Big, sweeping strokes with different colored chalk—back to the audience, not caring what we thought. He didn’t seem to think much, just stared at the canvas for a few seconds, and then went to work. First came the broad stokes of pink and yellow and blue. Then, he started to overlay the colors—orange over blue, white over yellow..and on and... 

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National Child-Centered Divorce Month

July 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

July is National Child-Centered Divorce Month. Imagine having to have a month to raise awareness of centering attention on the kids when deciding to divorce. That doesn’t mean staying together for the sake of the kids. On the contrary, child-centered divorce is about taking your kids’ needs and emotions into account when making decisions. To my amazement, many parents in my office have not really... 

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Playing With Your Kids: Infancy To Age Two

Playing With Blocks

Kids Are From Krypton, Parents Are From Pluto Radio Series update July 15, 2010: The key to playing with your kids is to provide toys and activities that meet their developmental level. Kids can play with the same toys for many months, playing with them in different ways as they reach new developmental stages. Some of the basic toys, such as blocks, serve so many developmental purpose that you don’t... 

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T-Shirts Can Say A Lot

July 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Parenting

Attitude Is Everything!

Well, it’s summer. Time to pull out my favorite T-shirts, too light for me to wear unless it’s 90+ degrees. And I have quite a collection of shirts emblazoned with some of my favorite expressions. So, I thought I would share them with you. I am sure you will catch on to the main theme. My #1 T-shirt exclaims, “Make It Happen!” That’s my motto. I believe if we want something, we have... 

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Playing With Your Kids—Ages 6 And Up

Kids are from Krypton; Parents are from Pluto Radio series update July 8: As you know by now, (or read below) I am a great promoter of playing games with your kids at any age. Last week’s show focused on the tremendous benefits of playing Candyland with your little ones. Although this is purely a game of luck (with the pick of the cards,) with no problem-solving skills required, there are numerous... 

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Playing With Your Kids—Through Various Ages And Stages

Playing Candyland

Kids are from Krypton; Parents are from Pluto  Radio Series Update July 1: Games provide great ways to build various kinds of skills. They fall into a number of different areas, including: cognitive development, motor coordination and development of values, morals and self-control. Cognitive development via games begins with the simple learning, and works its way into more complex development as... 

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Unplugging And Game Playing

June 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

Kids are from Krypton; Parents are from Pluto Radio Series Update June 24: Today’s topic is near and dear to my heart. I am dismayed about the fact that so many families no longer spend time playing cards and board games. With video games being all the rage, the board games have been relegated to yard sales or top shelves of closets. Well, bring them down from the shelves or go buy them at the... 

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Ask Dr. Vicki: Self Soothing

June 21, 2010 by  
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QUESTION: I recently read an article you wrote about babies and self-soothing. It was sent to me by the mother of my first grandchild. I am a bit concerned about her interpretation of the self soothing techniques you mentioned. Is it necessary for a 10 week old baby to cry for 15 to 20 minutes, multiple times each day to self-sooth? And during these self-soothing times is it advisible to leave the... 

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Mom! There’s Nothing To Do!

June 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

Kids are from Krypton, Parents are from Pluto Radio Series Update June 17: What to do when you hear: “Mom, there’s nothing to do.” (Part 2) Hope you had a chance to have your kids work on their dream boards this week. If not, it’s a great project to do for Father’s Day! What a meaningful gift—presenting dad with posters of their kids’ dreams. Additionally, this week I introduced... 

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