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Entries by Dr. Peggy Drexler from 09/2012

Why It's Important To Let Your Child Make Mistakes

| Posted 09.01.2012 | Parents

As parents, our responsibility is to keep kids unharmed. That doesn't mean shielding them from all possibility of defeat. It means letting them fail safely. Here's how to help your child take risks -- and make mistakes, inevitably -- safely.

Are You Older Than Your Parents' Dates?

| Posted 09.08.2012 | Women

Mallory was nearing 30 when her 60-something father got divorced from her mother and started dating younger women. As in much younger women--none more than a few years older than Mallory, and some even younger. Naturally, a few issues came up.

Is a Child's Behavior Always a Reflection of His Parents?

| Posted 09.15.2012 | Parents

Being away from parents is a good thing. It gives kids room to grow and explore in new ways. We will still be the most influential people in our children's lives, but they don't have to be -- and shouldn't be -- our mirror image.

When Parents Have Different Styles: Does It Spell Disaster?

| Posted 09.29.2012 | Parents

When your parenting style differs from that of your partner, it can be frustrating at best and destructive at worst, creating dissonance and distance between partners and confusion among the kids. But different parenting styles needn't spell disaster. Divergent styles can help prepare kids for a world of negotiating various types of people.