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Parenting Pathway #131: Watch That TV

Are you tired of your children constantly sitting in front of the TV or asking to do so? If so, then this Pathway is for you.“Researchers have found that every hour preschoolers watch television each day boosts their chances • by about 10 percent • of developing attention deficit problems later in life,” CNN reports […]

Parenting Pathway #132: Watch That TV

Are you tired of your children constantly sitting in front of the TV or asking to do so? If so, then this Pathway is for you.“Researchers have found that every hour preschoolers watch television each day boosts their chances • by about 10 percent • of developing attention deficit problems later in life,” CNN reports […]

Parenting Pathway #133: Capture a Child’s Words

“Dear God, please bless Mommy, Daddy, horses, cheerleaders, but not spiders and not monsters.” • Josephine, age 3.Children often say the most interesting things that can touch a parent’s heart in a special and memorable way. Their words can easily make us laugh and make us cry, IF we’re listening. I make it a priority […]

Parenting Pathway #134: But Pleeeeease! Can We?

“Mommy can we please•? But please? Please? Please? Can we now? Just for a minute?”Don’t you just love those whining begging and pleading questions from your children? Here’s the deal: no matter what, don’t cave in once you’ve communicated your decision! Children are very good at using those tiny, whiny words and pleading eyes when […]

Parenting Pathway #135: Swing for Life

How do you like to go up in a swing, Up in the air so blue? Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing Ever a child can do! Up in the air and over the wall, Till I can see so wide, Rivers and trees and cattle and all Over the countryside — Till […]

Parenting Pathway #136: The Power of Specific Feedback

As both a mother of two small children and a performance consultant in organizations, our parenting coach, Christina Lombardo, has observed that the same reasons employees don’t complete work tasks apply also to why children don’t do the things parents ask them to do: 1. A lack of knowledge or skill2. A lack of information or […]

Parenting Pathway #137: Mom, She’s Touching Me!

Children love to pull parents into their arguments. My daughters love each other tremendously, but they do bicker. And hours of sibling bickering can leave a parent feeling exhausted and frustrated. Much of children’s bickering has one of two underlying causes: either it is a desire for parental attention or it reflects a lack of […]

Parenting Pathway #139: Fight Cavities with Green Tea

Forget the sugary sodas and fruit drinks. Green Tea packs more health benefits than most beverages children drink these days. According to Steven Pratt, M.D., author of SuperFoods Rx, green tea contains over 4,000 chemical compounds including phytonutrient polyphenols called “flavonoids”. Flavonoids are vitamin-like nutrients that make blood cells less prone to clotting, enhance the function […]

Parenting Pathway #140: What’s In Your Lunch?

One day each week I join my six-year-old daughter for lunch at her school. Lunchtime is a very exciting time. Unzipping the lunch box that Mom or Dad packed can bring excitement for some, disappointment for others. As a parent coach, it is always interesting for me to see what’s inside the children’s packed lunch […]

Parenting Pathway #141: Salmon Makes Smart

It’s true! A diet high in dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), a naturally occurring nutritional compound found especially in wild salmon (as well as in sardines and anchovies), can help your children think more clearly, improve their memory, and increase their problem-solving ability. Studies have also shown that DMAE stabilizes cell membranes, protecting them from free radical damage […]

Parenting Pathway #142: Examine Young Eyes

Two weeks ago, my six year old daughter was diagnosed with severe unequal focus (refractive error) amblyopia. Her condition is unusual because she has it in both eyes. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, amblyopia is poor vision in an eye that did not develop normal sight during early childhood. This condition is frequently […]

Parenting Pathway #143: A Box Full of Kisses

I want to thank a reader of these Parenting Pathways who sent in the following, anonymous, inspirational story that we may all want to take to heart in celebration of the holidays:“The story goes that some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight […]

Parenting Pathway #144: Can You Say, Edamame?

Edamame (pronounced ed-duh-MAH-may) are fully cooked green soybeans still in their pods that can be found either fresh in the produce department, when in season, or in the frozen food section of most food markets. Simply boil the pods in water for a few minutes, then pop the soybeans right from their pods into your […]

Parenting Pathway #145: Stay At Home Blues

Are you a “stay-at-home” Mom or Dad? Then this Pathway may be for you. Do you feel like everyone in your family has a life except for you? Does your schedule revolve around everyone else in the family? Do you often say to yourself, “I need something for me!” Do you long for more out […]

Parenting Pathway #146: Nurture Optimism

Does your child have optimistic or pessimistic tendencies? Simply listening for your child to use positive phrases cannot alone help you determine optimism. Identifying optimistic tendencies requires that you begin by investigating the way your child thinks about the causes to both positive and negative events. All children develop habits in how they think about causes: the reasons […]