Parenting and Passion…Not Mutually Exclusive (Part 2)

Making time for each other You plan everything else in your day—when to get up, take the kids to school, doctor’s appt, hair appt (what’s that?), grocery shopping, cooking, homework time, nap time, sports practices….  Are these all important?  You bet! You also plan family fun activities, like going to the zoo, the park, a movie, play dates, trips, etc.  Are these all important? ... 

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Valentines Day for Children

Valentines Day for Children 2

  Valentines Day for Children can be a happy time or a conflicted one. Here are a couple of Ask Dr. Vicki questions I have received over the past year: Does my child have to give a valentine to everyone in the class? Dr. Vicki’s comments: Valentines Day for children means being nice to everyone, even if you don’t like them! Generally, in the younger grades, kids are encouraged to give valentines... 

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How to Stop School Bullying

November 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Communication, Education, Parenting

How to Stop School Bullying

How to Stop School Bullying was the focus of a recent blog post on the parentalwisdom.com site. The author and founder of the site, my dear friend, Tina Nocera, has raised two kids and knows a thing or two about how to stop school bullying.   Here are her 3 simple tips: How to stop School Bullying 1.   Help kids feel so good about themselves that teasing won’t faze them!  Tina... 

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Crying may be a sign of overload in children

Dear Dr. Vicki: I have two children a 6 year old and a two year old. The 6 year old seems to cry for anything. He cries when he has to do his homework, when he has to take a shower, etc. I sometimes think he is crying because he sees my 2 year old cry. Why do children cry often like mine? I don’t understand. He doesn’t listen. Even his Kinder teacher is having problems with him doing his... 

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How Successful Do You Want Your Kids To Be?

September 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Child Development, Parenting

Steps toward meeting your goals Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio update Sept. 16, 2010: It is important to teach your kids how to set goals, and develop the steps they need to reach them.  Without goals, there is little opportunity to experience the feelings of success about something they have worked hard to achieve. Encourage them to set goals.  If a child voices a desire, either... 

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Holidays Have Meaning

September 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Education, Parenting

Well, Labor Day is upon us here in the US. Another opportunity to cook out, light sparklers and shoot off fireworks. I love 3 or 4-day weekends; and kids particularly love the days off from school. What I find these days is that holidays are just that—a chance to be out of school or parents home from work. Most kids I see don’t have a clue why they are off; they just know that they are off.... 

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How Do You View Your Kid’s School?

August 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Education, Parenting

Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio update Aug. 19, 2010: Is school a mall, day care center or sporting event? The way you view your relationship with your kids’ school has a huge impact on your kids’ involvement, attitude and subsequently their education. If parents see school as a store and education as a commodity (what you’re ‘buying,’) then it’s like walking into Macy’s,... 

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Time For New Year’s Resolutions

August 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Education, Parenting

Back to school!

Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio update August 12, 2010: It’s August and a great time to be making new year’s resolutions. New school year, that is. With the school year soon upon us, the time is ripe for reflecting on the successes, as well as the trials and tribulations, of school years past. What worked? What didn’t work? In which areas did your child do well? Where... 

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What Schools Teach That Isn’t On The Lesson Plans

August 6, 2010 by  
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Kids are from Krypton, Parents are from Pluto Radio update Aug 5, 2010: “Why do I have to know that?” Remember wondering in school why you had to learn chemistry when you weren’t going to be a scientist? Or, why you had to take art when you hated to draw? Well, it’s not the learning of science, art (or most other subjects, for that matter) that is important; it’s the life skills developed... 

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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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