Sunday, September 30, 2012

Change Is Inevitable: How Stories Can Help Children Handle It

Change. Most people don't like it much. 
I have a confession: when things don't go the way I expect them to go, I kind of freak out. I get stressed, I can get angry, I think my brain even malfunctions a bit. It's not a pretty sight. When something really huge unexpectedly happens - like when my first marriage ended - I cope much better than I do with the little, every day kind of changes. I go into battle mode with the big stuff and I get it handled. But the little things, like when plans have to change unexpectedly, really throw me for a loop. 

For children, change can be overwhelming and even incredibly frightening if they don't understand what's going on. Adults often assume that children are too young to notice or comprehend the changes happening around them, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Children pick up on very subtle cues and while they may not be able to articulate what they sense, don't doubt that they are aware and they are affected.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Separating Twins in School: What I Wish I Had Known

My kids on the first day of Kindergarten
Have you ever heard that comment "I was a great parent until I became one"? I feel that way a bit about starting my kids in Kindergarten. I was a huge proponent of separating twins in school until I actually had to do it myself. Now I find myself longing for the simple days of preschool when they were in one, cozy classroom.

Don't get me wrong. I am not changing my stance on separating multiples in school, I know it was the right thing to do for my children. I can tell already that they will be so much better off being in separate classrooms. But Mommy is having a hard time. Actually, mommy might be having a bit of a mental breakdown.

So, now that I have made it clear that I still believe that separating multiples is incredibly important for their personal growth, I want to add that I now also see how hard it can be on the parents! I have worked hard since my children were very young to ensure they had playdates on their own, time alone with mom or dad, separate groups in camp and even separate birthday parties. And I had always intended to separate the kids once they started Kindergarten. The thing is, even though it was the right decision for us, I wasn't completely prepared for all that came with this move.

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Great Parenting Show Is Back!

There are so many reasons why parenting can be a daunting job. Most of us have endless questions about how we can feel less stressed and overwhelmed, what we can do to help our children grow up to feel self-confient and secure, or how to communicate successfully with our partners. 

I'm excited to say that there are some answers for you just around the corner! The terrific program, The Great Parenting Show, is about to start its 5th season on Tuesday, September 4th. 

Once again, Jacqueline Green has invited over 25 leading experts in parenting related fields to share their wisdom, humor, and more importantly, their TIPS, on just how to make the changes you want to make and become the parent you want to be.

And the best part of it is that this is absolutely FREE.

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