What Kids Need: Self Esteem

What Kids Need: Self Esteem Less than half of today’s youth report that they feel good about themselves.  Does that shock you?  As an educator of many years, I must admit that it still surprises me when I hear that number.  So how do we, as parents, work on...

Clearly Expressed Standards

Clearly Expressed Standards Do you talk to your child about behavior standards?  I mean, really sitting down with them and expressing your expectations for their behavior in various situations.  When we wait until something inappropriate comes up, it is already too...

What Kids Need: Community Recognition

What Kids Need: Community Recognition When my dad was older, he told me about a time when he went to the mall and sat on a bench to rest.  As people walked by this busy part of the mall, he noticed that no one, not one person looked at him.  The image stuck with me,...

What Kids Need: Parents as Advisors

What Kids Need: Parents as Advisors In part two of the series, What Kids Need, I would like to talk about Parents as Advisors.  Being a parent is a bit like being a personal coach with your young person.  If you hired a personal coach to help you with your life, you...