Will Our Cultural Mind-Sets Push Our Kids Away?

Posted on July 11, 2018

This post was first published on Masalamommas.com. As a mother of young adults, I have been noticing more and more how my generation is caught up in thinking that was set by our parents’ societal influences. We seem to expect that the children that we have raised here in the modern Western world should abide by the norms of society as it was when we were growing up. When it comes to education and our children’s “successful” careers, we have…

College-Bound Kids? Check Your Parenting Boundaries!

Posted on July 2, 2018

After all the excitement of high school graduation, summer’s next task is preparing our kids for college. High school gave us a taste of what it’s like to be a hands-off parent, with kids learning to advocate for themselves, speaking to their teachers and administrative staff on their own, scheduling homework and study sessions, and navigating clubs and sports. Undoubtedly, though, we still had our hands in the mix. We could give our opinion on their classes, suggest how to…

Talking to Your Kids About Suicide

Posted on June 22, 2018

With the recent widespread newscasts on the suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and food and travel guru Anthony Bourdain comes the big question: How can parents discuss and explain suicide to children? This discussion is undoubtedly the most difficult one you can have—no matter how old your kids are. Here are a few tips that you can tailor as you see fit: Define the word “suicide,” age appropriately, in a wider discussion of death. While most dictionaries define suicide as “the…

How Stress Can Prevent Healthy Child Development

Posted on June 12, 2018

  When we think of our children, the last thing we want to do is impose any kind of stress on them. But let’s face it, children are emotional human beings and stress is something that almost every child and adult encounters on a daily basis. However, not all stress is bad – but it’s not all good either. Learning to cope with stress is an important part of healthy development for children. When stress is on the rise, our…

College Kids and Curfews

Posted on May 31, 2018

Thanksgiving of 2009. My kids were home from school. It was my son’s first time home as a freshman in college and my daughter’s last time at home as a senior. I had plenty to be grateful for! My husband, Harry, and I had full blown “empty nest” syndrome for the few months prior and this Thanksgiving we were truly thankful! Harry and I were also in the process of updating and perhaps upgrading our curfew rules for my son’s…