A Practicing Parent

Is My Kid Normal?

21 Apr 2018
A Practicing Parent
Yesterday was not a stellar parenting moment. After school drop-off, this was my text to a few close friends: [My daughter (let’s call her Jessie) is 13 and my son (Luke) is 4.] Jessie, Luke and I left the apartment at the same time. Jessie had a big test today so she was rushing to get to school and hit the elevator button. “I wanted to hit the button,” said Luke. I had to run back for his lunchbox, so Jessie left. “I wanted to hit the button,” said Luke again. “Hit the button now,” I...
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IT’S NOT OK!

26 Feb 2018
A Practicing Parent
IT’S NOT OK to have to confirm with my 13-year-old that she understands the protocol of active shooting situations in her school, and that the safest place to go is a closet.  IT’S NOT OK that I have to wonder whether my preschooler is being properly trained as to what he should do in case of a lockdown. That’s the world we live in, but IT’S NOT OK. I can sometimes be wishy-washy on issues, not taking a firm stand to one side or the other because I can understand the position of both sides. But not...
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Be In The Know With Parents in Action

29 Jan 2018
A Practicing Parent
“You mean you already had THE TALK, the birds and bees one?” Susie’s mom asked. “Well, yes, I had to have the talk because my daughter was relentless,” I said. “She wouldn’t stop asking for an explanation, so I told her.” My daughter was six years old then when I attended my first Parents in Action Parent Talk meeting with about 40-plus parents (mostly moms) in my daughter’s grade. At the start of the meeting, the two facilitators shared two important things: the Parents in Action Mission (partnering with parents to promote effective communication as...
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Teen Daughter: It’s A #MeToo World

21 Dec 2017
A Practicing Parent
Dear Teen Daughter, It has become ritual — turning on the morning news and hearing of the next powerful man to be accused and fall from sexual harassment allegations. I know you like to avoid the news and the bad in the world, but this is something that we really should discuss. It’s important to me as a woman, and it should be important to you too. In my day, I think every adult woman was sexually harassed at some point. I was when I was subjected to some after-holiday-party-back-of-a-taxi gropes from a department boss....
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The Truths of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

27 Nov 2017
A Practicing Parent
We all know it’s tough to distinguish what’s real and what’s not on the Internet these days. As I read through my social media updates and glance at the alluring headlines just baiting me to click, I have to remind myself that not everything I read is truth. That’s a hard message for me to digest as an adult. It’s that much harder to explain this to a child. As a parent, teaching life lessons is more challenging than ever. I think it’s time we as a society take a step back — to the...
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Texting While Driving

20 Oct 2016
A Practicing Parent
Many of us spend countless hours in our car, especially on weekends. Everyone knows that texting while driving is a huge NO-NO. But aren’t we all a little guilty? Come on…. have you really never done it? Not even when you’re stopped at a red light? Perhaps you’ve tried to get Siri to read the text to you? (She never does work well, does she?) Texting while driving is something adults do more and more often even though we know it can be deadly. What about our children? Are your kids of age to drive...
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Are My Kids “Liked?” To Post or Not To Post

05 Oct 2016
A Practicing Parent
To post or not to post your kids on social media. That is the question. Just as the Fourth of July and Christmas will come every year, so will the pictures of my friends’ kids on my Facebook newsfeed: the first days of school, the birthdays, the milestones. Some of those photos make me wonder—how will that kid feel when he grows up and finds his grubby chocolate face for all of FB to see? Or worse, how will the little girl feel when she sees the ‘Hey, I just got potty trained!’ photo of...
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