Embarrassment as Punishment?

One of the morning shows recently asked their viewers to weigh in on their reaction to the father who read his teenage daughter’s Facebook rant about her parents and then shot her laptop computer, posting all of this for public viewing. The response to the show’s question “do you approve or disapprove?” was anoverwhelming approval of the father’s using public embarrassment as appropriate parenting. It seems there is a public sentiment pointing to a need to (more…)


Writing your family’s stories is one of the tasks of grandparents that will “pay off” for the grandchild, the others in the family, and for the storyteller, in a great many and often unexpected ways. We are most familiar with the type of storytelling that happens with young children in those “snuggle” moments, and we have an article in this section on that topic. (more…)


When my first grandchild was about four, the two of us were on our way to the mailbox when I turned to see her squatting down, looking intently at something.

“What do you see?” I asked.

“Bug” she answered, not looking up.

Indeed it was. Not just one but an entire parade of ants. This was (more…)

Helping Children Resolve Conflicts

Conflicts are an inevitable part of life for all of us however for our children mastering positive ways to resolve disputes with others is a long process.  Children are influenced by many factors–their temperaments which come hard wired at birth, their experiences which vary depending on many factors, their cognitive development and of course their emotional and social development.  All of these factors with their many facets can determine our children’s responses to conflict. (more…)

Summer Reading

We all know that children who read during the summer will retain more academic skills and have an easier time when school begins in the fall. So how wonderful is it when a fun book appears that your 8-12 year old will love. A TALE OF TWO BIDDYS by Pat Skene is one of those books. Two little known fairy tales are retold in a way that will cause grandmothers to “slightly” raise their eyebrows while causing giggles and page turning for the reader. And there is a surprising moral at the end. Check it out!