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Diana Grycan
Diana Grycan has forty years of educational experience. Besides working as a classroom teacher and curriculum coordinator for 27 years in an elementary school in West Los Angeles, Diana has given many workshops for teachers and parents, as well as speaking at national teaching conventions. Diana has also taught a class at UCLA Extension. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Bob, and is mother to a grown son, Michael, and grown daughter, Jenna, who have blessed her with six grandchildren.

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Entries by Diana Grycan

What Is This Thing Called Denial?

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 12:22 AM

For those of you who have read my many blogs, I'm sure that you know I have been a parent, grandparent and teacher for many years. When my children were small, the phrase "Not MY child!" could be heard from even the most effective and devoted parents. I must confess,...

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Family Dysfuntionality: How Does It Affect The Children?

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 5:25 PM

During all of my years working with families, I discovered that most families have issues that sometimes divide or separate children from their natural need to connect or to integrate within the primary surroundings of the family unit. It is not my purpose to judge or to describe the details...

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Where Should My Child Do Homework?

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 5:23 PM

As the years go by in my retirement from classroom teaching, I am still reminded of important issues surrounding young children. One of these issues is the concern that many parents have about teaching their children good study habits during those delicate years when homework becomes part of the daily...

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How Do We Teach Our Children to Be Kind?

(2) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 4:36 PM

Every time I pick a paper or magazine to read lately, I seem to find someone who appears to want to tell us about the issue of raising kind children. As much as I believe in teaching values such as kindness to our children, there are a few points that...

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Should Parents Be Charged For Their Children's Obesity?

(3) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 3:22 PM

Last week, I did something for the first time (which is unusual for someone who has lived for seven decades). I called in to a talk radio show. I hadn't planned to do so, but I tuned in while in my car to an issue that made me react strongly....

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Should We Be Medicating Our Young Students?

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 12:38 AM

I am aware of many reasons that parents, teachers and therapists want to medicate children in their early years. I will discuss many of these reasons later. I am also sure that there are many of the above mentioned people will take offense at my opinions, but I feel compelled...

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What Is Happening to the Hierarchy of the Family Unit?

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 11:50 AM

Last week I attended a very interesting event for grandparents at my grandson's elementary school. The people there were asked to share some of their concerns regarding the challenges of being grandparents. I was surprised to hear that my thoughts were not much different from the others in the room....

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Does This Restaurant Go Too Far Against the Customer?

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 6:32 AM

Although I generally write about the topics that relate to parenting and children, I am bursting to share an experience that I had last week at a trendy new restaurant by the name of "A.C.O. Restaurant and Wine Bar." The food was okay, the service was excellent and the ambiance...

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How Can We Internalize Gratitude Into The Growth Of Our Children?

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 10:55 AM

While skimming through my Facebook pages last night, I noticed that there were many of my friends who were challenging others to a certain number of days of gratefuls. This intrigued me. Why would anyone need to be challenged into listing their reasons for being grateful? The lists were lengthy,...

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Why Is Making a New Friend Important?

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 4:01 PM

I must apologize to my readers for the tardiness of this blog. I have been busy managing some health issues, and my writing has taken a back seat; however, the issue of friendship is an old one, and it has recently come to me in the form of many different...

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How to Say 'NO!' to a Toddler or Young Child

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 12:52 PM

As a mother, grandmother and teacher of many, many years, I have either read about or learned about or tried just about every suggestion that has ever been made about making boundaries for children. I have tried everything except spankings. I believe that that accomplishes nothing in the realm of...

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How Do You Measure a Grandma's Legacy?

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 1:01 PM

When I was 6, I wanted a new doll. I did not want any old doll, but I wanted a brand new doll that had just been advertised. It was the first doll to have real rooted hair in her head, and she cost $30. $30 in 1951 was equivalent...

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How Do I Explain to My Young Child That I Have to Travel?

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 12:27 PM

To all mothers who have to travel and leave their children for work, I applaud your work ethic and your concern. I understand also how difficult it is to say good-bye even for a short trip. In the our present society, approximately 11 percent of mothers are stay-at-home mothers, 35...

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Did My Young Child Tell Me a Lie?

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 2:27 PM

When I was raising my children, the thought of them telling me a lie was one of my greatest fears. I was determined to teach them values early on, so that they would realize the virtue of telling the truth. I knew the time would come eventually, and I tried...

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Parent-Teacher Conferences... What Should I Ask the Teacher?

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 1:44 PM

Parent-teacher conferences are filled with important information for parents to use for the benefit of their child. For the parents of young children, it is often a confusing time, as it can be difficult to prepare for this anticipated interaction. The most useful thing to remember is to come to...

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Why Are the Little Moments So Big?

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 3:08 PM

While I was reading all of the clever posts that my friends had put on Facebook the other night, I came across one that somehow amused me and at the same time, caused me to reflect. It said, "Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you'll look back...

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Can We Help Children Understand the Concept of Death?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 12:50 AM

My Rabbi died this week. By using the work "my," I must explain that I always considered him my own personal rabbi because of his kind acts towards me and my family. My first interaction with him was when my son had his bar mitzvah. He was the young rabbi...

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How Should I React to My Child's Report Card?

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 11:49 AM

As a parent, grandparent and retired teacher, I have either written or received every kind of evaluation that a person might read. I have never, in the past 46 years, seen a child who did not have some area upon which he or she could improve, even with all "A's"...

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Endings and Beginnings: Which Ones Feel the Best?

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 1:58 PM

We all lead busy lives, whether we are at work or at play, on vacation or at home. There is always something to be done and so little time in which to do it. We tell our children to hurry up in the morning when they need to get to...

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How I Really Feel About My Daughter Turning 40

(6) Comments | Posted November 23, 2013 | 7:22 AM

I have just experienced yet another life passage. It is really my daughter who turned 40 this week, but it has created a whole new set of feelings in my aging self. I remember a little girl of 5 who proudly drew pretty pictures for me to put on my...

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