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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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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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