Archive for 'Behavior'

Overcoming Fear is Not as Easy as a Bumper Sticker Slogan

Posted 15 December 2013 | By | Categories: Behavior | No Comments

Let’s use knitting as a vehicle to talk about fear.  Why is knitting only for women? It really isn’t, but there is an undeniable proliferation of the idea that knitting is a woman’s activity.  There are some interests in which I understand why people would think it’s strange for a man to participate.  Doll collecting […]

Play Dates and Your Kid is an Uncontrollable Nuisance

Posted 27 February 2012 | By | Categories: Behavior | 5 Comments

We all have our own house rules. My rules are pretty basic. No jumping on furniture, no yelling, put food away after eating, and always flush the toilet. I don’t have a list written down. My rules are what I consider to be common courtesy sorts of rules, not weird or memorization worthy. I think […]

Are you making these parenting mistakes?

Posted 29 October 2011 | By | Categories: Behavior, guest posts | 5 Comments

“Like all parents, my husband and I just do the best we can, and hold our breath, and hope we’ve set aside enough money to pay for our kids’ therapy.” ~ Michelle Pfeiffer Miss Pfeiffer speaks truth. There is no perfect parent. All we can do is try our best and learn from our mistakes. […]

Don’t Apologize for Breastfeeding!

Posted 28 August 2011 | By | Categories: Behavior | 14 Comments

I‘ve written previously about breast feeding in public. Thus, I won’t rehash the entire spiel.  Needless to say I’m an advocate of breast feeding, in public or wherever.  I can eat pretty much anywhere I want so I think a baby ought to be able to do at least as much. That’s not the point […]

Why Winning Matters and Losing Stinks

Posted 13 August 2011 | By | Categories: Behavior | 3 Comments

Yes, yes, it’s also important to play fair and be a good sport; not enough can be said about winning in the right way – the gracious and honorable way. However, in the end and despite the popular liberal view that merely participating is worthy of equal praise, winning really does matter. And, it matters […]

Time to Slow Down: A Blogging Breather

Posted 08 February 2011 | By | Categories: Behavior | 14 Comments

    Whenever my boys spend a few hours wantonly playing and running around like idiots, it’s hard to get them to sit still.  It’s even harder to ask them a serious question and get a serious answer.  Their brains and bodies are so wired up that the only remedy is a few minutes of quiet.  […]

Dealing with Negativity in your Kids

Posted 05 February 2011 | By | Categories: Behavior | 3 Comments

    Listening to negativity is hard, and the only difference between kid negativity and adult negativity is that you can walk away from other adults, leaving them to work out their own problems.  You can’t walk away from your kids; you’re stuck with the job of fixing the bad attitude.  What, then, do you do […]

Babies are Cute. Parents Aren’t.

Posted 03 February 2011 | By | Categories: Behavior | 7 Comments

     When the boys were babies and I spent my days pushing them around town in my now disused double stroller, random seniors would stop me just to say how precious they were and how I should make the most out of my time with them because, as they would say, “Kids grow up quickly.”  I […]

Lying About Schoolwork: The Big No-No

Posted 29 January 2011 | By | Categories: Behavior | 8 Comments

       Everybody lies, even kids.  Lying, as I’ve written about before, is perfectly natural, and it’s not usually something on which parents should spend much time dwelling.  However, it can get out of hand.  It can become a habit and an anchor whereby, by lying, a kid chooses to hamper his own progress.  I’m talking […]

Twins Become Social at 14 Weeks Gestation

Posted 23 January 2011 | By | Categories: Behavior | 6 Comments

Italian Researchers from the University of Turin and the University of Parma tracked the motions of 5 sets of twins during gestation to study how twins interact with each other before birth.  Doctors have known for years that fetuses can control their actions in the womb.  This time researchers wanted to know if twin’s purposeful […]

Is There Such a Thing as a Soul Mate?

Posted 19 January 2011 | By | Categories: Behavior | 6 Comments

Of course there’s no such thing as soul mates.  For someone to believe there is just one person in the world who is meant for him and that there is a statistical probability of finding that mate such that our species can continue to populate, that someone would have to believe in at least one […]