The Role Of A Grandparent


I’ve just finished reading an article full of statistics about grandparents in America. Even though it seems something happens to my brain whenever I read statistics, I did manage to finish the article with at least one understanding. There are a lot of us, more than was expected, and our generation is growing. (more…)

My School-Age Child’s A Picky Eater

The older the child, the more resistance s/he is able to muster because the unwise food has been around for a longer period of time. From the child’s point of view, the fact that you allowed “white bread and ice cream” in the past means you considered them acceptable choices. Therefore, as the child reasons, these foods must still be acceptable and besides, “I like them!” (more…)

Grandparent Storytelling

Almost from the time my grandchildren could speak, requests for storytelling were frequent. A special time were those quiet moments traveling in the car or as we prepared for nap time.  The children were certainly asking to be entertained, however on a deeper level they were also asking to hear about their attachment to this family and to the people who loved and cared for them.  Stories have always been a way that we have helped children understand who they are and their place in their community and the wider world. (more…)

Fun Learning Activities–Young Infants

Fun Learning Activities for Infants

Your infant has arrived and now a good deal of your time is spent feeding, cuddling and perhaps walking the floor. This time is filled with learning for you and learning for your baby as well. Most of this  can be fun, especially with some of these activities.

Infants are eager sensory learners. Watch how your baby responds as you try some of these activities.  S/he will let you know if they are pleasing and fun or if you should try something else.  All of these activities are good to use with newborns and young infants (birth to 3 or 4 months) and more sophisticated versions can be added as your baby matures. (more…)


You’ve been doing all the right things, and you still have a picky eater. What else can you try?

* Plant vegetables together. Some children will try something they’ve grown, although this is not quick enough for others. One mom I know, whose children were frustrated with the slowness, bought carrots with their green tops still attached and planted them while her children were in school. The children were excited to dig up a carrot or two for dinner, and actually tasted them. (more…)

Birth Order: Your Second Child

Your second child arrives into the family to discover that, along with adults, there is a small person who is only a bit ahead in size and abilities. While the Oldest is comparing herself to the adults and striving to be like them, this  Second in  birth order is intent on catching up and surpassing his bother or sister (more…)

Birth Order and Parenting Skills

So many factors influence how our children develop and we know birth order is only one. How parents interact with each child is another and parenting skills are a huge focus for most of us. The other day I came across an article about some research that had been done in 2003 that took both the birth order and the parent’s skill level into account. (Journal of Marriage and Family 65.3) The question raised for this research was this. Will a parent’s experience with a first born improve their interactions with and parenting of the second born child? (more…)

Divorce: When A Marriage Falls Apart

We marry with such high expectations. But no matter how sophisticated we become, there still lives inside each young bride or groom the vision of “happily ever after.” A child or children join over time, and we become a family. But in some families, happy seems to disappear, replaced by conflict. And sometimes, even with our best efforts, divorce becomes the only option. (more…)


Most of the advice offered by experts suggests that both parents sit down with the children, and say something like, “Sometimes moms and dads have trouble getting along and it’s not good for them to live together anymore. That’s what has happened to us and so ___ (dad) or (mom) or (we) are ….” Approaching the children together is a good idea because (more…)


Today we are fortunate to have an interview with one of the nationally recognized experts in eating disorders, Shoshana Kobrin, who has a new book for you to check out. I have listed Shoshana’s contact information at the end of this entry.

1. Welcome Shoshana and congratulations on your new book, “The Satisfied Soul.” Let’s begin by having you tell our readers a little about yourself.

“Thank you. I’m a licensed Marriage Family Therapist, with a practice in Walnut Creek California, specializing in child therapy and eating disorders. I provide retreats training and workshops as well as publish on the subject.” (more…)