Learning to Share – 4 Things to Think About: Part 2

Posted on August 2, 2018

My last post focused on two important topics that we rarely share with our children—money and time. Our conditioning around these subjects is poor at best. I hope you thought about the negative impact that the lack of discussion on these topics can have on your kids. I also hope that your own perspective on talks about money and time has shifted. Here are two more important themes that every parent needs to discuss: EMOTIONAL HONESTY: Emotional Intelligence, or EI,…

Learning to Share – 4 Things to Think About

Posted on July 19, 2018

“Don’t be selfish. Share your toys with your sister, please.” “Why won’t you share your candy with your brother? It’s not nice to keep it to yourself.” “You need to share the iPad with Jeffrey. It’s his turn.” “If you don’t share your things, no one will want to play with you. Let Cathy take a ride on your bike.” We are constantly nudging our kids to share. When they don’t, we are quick to remind them that their behavior…

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…