Category Archives: terrible two’s

World Peace? The Children Are Leading Us There. We have to notice.

One day, Carol said to her five-year-old niece Emma, “My that is a beautiful stuffed lion you have there.” “I know, I saw it in the store and Mommy bought it for me.” “That’s nice.” “Yes. Well, she wasn’t going … Continue reading

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Frustrating Teenager Behavior: What’s a Mother to Do?

Diane whose teenager, Laura, hadn’t earned her allowance “in forever” because she never finished her chores all the way, decided to try a different tack and ask Laura for some advice. Diane said, “I have an employee who wants to … Continue reading

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Education is Leadership

Last August at the West Hollywood Library in the children’s room I witnessed a real pro in charge of seven two year-olds. 
What I observed was a model of education as leadership, leadership that created the conditions for the children … Continue reading

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Authority and Authenticity

Anna started having trouble being a mother almost the day her son Josh turned two. Two days before his birthday, he started using the word, “No.” Please follow and like us:

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Behavior Problems

Behavior Problems Many parents and teachers think that encouraging responsibility in children and exercising adult authority are antithetical. Thirteen-year-old Ashley sat at the head of the table with her six-year-old brother Jack to her right and her ten-year-old sister Ellen … Continue reading

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