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The Great Parenting Debates

The Mind-Body Connection and Learning

There’s a report today in the New York Times about growing interest in adjustable desks for school children. These desks that allow kids to stand up and move their bodies as they study seems like a very  Read More 
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Kudos to a Reporter!

Here's an excellent article on Pressured Parents, Stressed-out Kids: Grolnick to Discuss Pressure, Stress It's angled around an announcement of Wendy's next talk on our book, but the amazing feature of this article is that it seems  Read More 
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Should We Make our Kids Do Certain Activities?

After I spoke to a PTA group recently about Pressured Parents, Stressed-out Kids, a dad approached me. "You say to support kids' autonomy and not pressure them, but when I was a kid my parents took me to the theater twice a year -- even when I said 'Hey I wanna stay home and play  Read More 
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A Way We Can All Take Part in Slowing Global Warming

Today we veer away from parenting our children to taking care of the earth. Here's an article I coauthored for the San Diego Union-Tribune, offering a way for us all to take part in slowing down global warming: http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20081211/news_lz1e11chase.html
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Sports Gene: a New Way to Pressure Kids

What will they think of next? When it comes to extracting money from worried parents, there's no shortage of business models. Now the so-called "sports gene" test for only $149 is finding a market for one reason only: because we parents are under so much pressure these days to make sure our kids succeed. That's  Read More 
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College Applications Still Driving Kids – and Parents – Crazy

The glossy pamphlets still flood in: “Live, study, and work in both sleek high-rise towers and turn-of-the-century brownstones,” reads the gorgeously thick Boston University brochure. “Win a Hummer. All you have to do is attend an SJSU football game” trumpets San Jose State University’s.

As kids fill out their college applications amidst the  Read More 
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The Overscheduling Myth

Why do we love to criticize other parents for overscheduling their kids?

Maybe it’s a way to justify the choices that you’ve made. “You’ve decided this isn’t your lifestyle,” says sociologist Sandra Hofferth, “and rejected those of other people.”

There’s probably more criticism of overscheduling in America today than  Read More 
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When your child wants to quit an activity

“My son quits every activity I take him to!” complained a mother the other night at a PTA meeting where I spoke about Pressured Parents. “What should I do?”
That’s a good question, because at one time or another all of us parents face this dilemma. What do you tell your child who  Read More 
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Don't worry if your child reaches milestones late

A nice article about why not to worry if your child isn't reaching a milestone: in
Avoiding New Mom Comparison Traps Evonne Lack writes that new moms especially are constantly wondering what's normal and what's not. But, just so your child reaches milestones  Read More 
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Economic Crisis Adds to Pressure on Parents

The economic crisis is adding to the pressures on parents today. Getting together college money is even harder than before. That can ratchet up our worry about how our kids are doing in school, because it seems even more important for them to get good grades and perhaps a scholarship. And it seems all the more  Read More 
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