We told her the floor turns into liquid hot magma at night. If she tries to get out of her big kid bed, her feet will be toasted like marshmallows and we will then be forced to eat them between two graham crackers and some chocolate. One thing parenthood does a great job of showcasing is just how much work it takes to ingrain certain habits into a child that we, as adults, generally take for granted. It's basically your job to housebreak and domesticate your kid so he or she fits nicely into our society. Generally, this starts very early when the parent who draws the short straw must … [Read more...]
Hey, kids! Say “cheese!!!” Come on! You were having fun a second ago. Geez, you’re so literal … a few minutes ago. Remember way back then? Ah, the laughter. You don’t have to be having a great time right now, you just have to look like you’re having a great time. Because you were having fun and you will again! Just as soon as we get one good photo. Maybe two good family photos. We have so few with all of us together. You’re young, so let me explain it to you. Calmly and rationally. Right now, you’re annoyed that you have to stand still and pose for some dumb picture. I get it. … [Read more...]
Few, if any, parents ever said “I want my child not to succeed,” but author Jessica Lahey thinks parents these days are too afraid to let their kids fail at even smallest of tasks. But they may be getting the message.
Lahey’s latest book The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed is a national best-seller with its premise that we help our kids develop more resourcefulness, skills and confidence by not constantly running to their rescue and protecting them from adversity and consequences.