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Independent Children

10 Reasons It's Healthy For Parents to Spend Time Away from Their Kids

Carrie Visintainer | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Carrie Visintainer

From the time they're born, kids observe everything. It's good for them to know that their parents are individuals, too, with their very own wants, needs and passions. This is the beginning of teaching kids about the concept of identity.

When Your College Freshman Comes Home for the Holidays

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 02.07.2015 | Parents
Elaine Ambrose

I wanted another chance to be the mother she always wanted, the mother she wanted to take with her. Her books and teddy bears remained in her (former) room. I still have her art work packed in boxes in my garage; every single piece she ever did. Yes, I probably need counseling for that.

Let's Give Our Kids More Credit

Risa Sugarman | Posted 01.25.2015 | Parents
Risa Sugarman

I'm a planner, and planning my own psychiatric hospitalization may sound ridiculous, but it is emblematic of how I live my life.

I'm Trading In The Words 'Be Careful'

Sara Goldstein | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

I want my words to have weight as I set them in the hands of my children, when they put them in their pockets to pull out long after they've left my lips.

A Counter-Intuitive Test to Guide Us as We Prepare Students

Tim Elmore | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
Tim Elmore

Our job as teachers, coaches, youth workers and parents is to care deeply for the kids growing up on our watch.

3 Simple Minutes to Think the Best of My Daughter

Mama Bean | Posted 07.19.2014 | Parents
Mama Bean

We've never had to break stride before; it's always been a given that we hold hands when cars are nearby; an easy and understood agreement. But as those 10 meters stretched out before us, I realized that the game had changed.

A Parent's Unconditional Love

Rob Furman | Posted 11.18.2012 | Parents
Rob Furman

Parenting is the most important and difficult job for which we will ever apply. The best advice I can give is to lay the strongest foundation for your child's healthy development and then get out of the way and trust that your child will "make you proud!"

Are You Raising an Independent Child?

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 09.02.2012 | Parents
Mark Goulston, M.D.

At the same exact moment you hovercoddle your child, there are probably at least 10 million children their same age dealing with a situation on their own.

The Choice To Not Co-Sleep

Suzanne M. Brown | Posted 05.08.2012 | Parents
Suzanne M. Brown

Our decision to not co-sleep with our children has allowed us to nurture our relationship as husband and wife, while at the same time instilling in our children the importance of being independent.

It's All Happening at the Playgound (Apologies to Simon and Garfunkel)

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

I am fascinated by playgrounds as mirrors of our society. And, lately, I have jumped back into playgrounds with both feet as I accompany my 20-month-old grandson Cash to one or another playground in Queens.