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Entries by Dr. Peggy Drexler from 07/2012

Parents and Poverty: This Recession Can Hurt for a Generation

| Posted 07.05.2012 | Parents

In the flailing efforts to forestall economic collapse, and the long fight to right an economy that still can't find its way, there is long term danger lurking in the forest -- particularly how the worst downturn since the Depression is shaping a generation of children and young adults.

Why Moms and Daughters Can Never Really Be Friends

| Posted 07.09.2012 | Women

Let's put aside the more commonly-asked question these days -- that is, should you be Facebook friends with your children -- and get down to a much more basic quandary: Can you be real life friends with them?

How to Encourage Healthy Friendships Among Boys

| Posted 07.12.2012 | Parents

Making friends, and keeping them, is a primary activity among school-aged boys. For both boys and girls, these early friendships help define who they are and who they become.

Why Alone Time Is So Important for Boys And Girls

| Posted 07.17.2012 | Parents

Modern parents are almost obsessed with filling up their children's time. There are after-school classes, team sports, camps, lessons. What's often missing from the schedule is valuable time spent alone.

Parenting: How Money Struggles Change Things -- And How They Don't

| Posted 07.23.2012 | Parents

Children living in poverty face immeasurably greater challenges than those who are better off. They need social supports and, often, support from the government. But most of all, children need caring, resourceful parents who give them time and attention.

The Insecurity Generation: How Our Over Reliance On Parenting Experts Is Threatening Parenthood

| Posted 07.25.2012 | Parents

Despite popularity and acclaim, most child-rearing experts don't account for different personalities, growth patterns, and situations. And that's their fatal flaw.

How to Talk to Kids About the New Normal

| Posted 07.31.2012 | Parents

Sexuality is a big deal. But when talking about gay, straight, or anything else, the principles of how we want to teach our kids to live are the same as any other discussion about growing up right: Practice kindness and love and treat others as you'd like to be treated. Plain and simple.