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Parenting
10/07/2013
Yearning for Tradition, Meaning and More Extraordinary Experiences There's a trend that's growing stronger: boys are asking girls to formal dances with the sort of over-the-top gestures that rival grown men proposing marriage. More >>

Tags: Dating, Education, Friendships, Parenting, Relationships, Social Issues, Teens, Values
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09/23/2013
5 Ways to Thrive Staying Home with Kids During the Elementary Years How can you thrive as a stay-at-home once your kids start school? Find out in this week's Kid Focused blog. More >>

Tags: Education, Parenting, Values
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09/09/2013
We Focus on Whether They're 'Good Kids,' But Are They Kind? I've recently realized that as a parent I've been focused on civilizing my children the first chunk of their lives... Yet now for my two oldest children, I'm focused on whether they have their priorities straight. More >>

Tags: Character-Courage-Conscience, Character/Courage/Conscience, Parenting, Values
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09/03/2013
Self-Respect Gets No Respect Parents worry about self-esteem with their children. A low self-esteem is correlated with poor academic and personal development. Building a healthy self-esteem takes years, and parents, teachers and the child's community help foster the child to feel good about him or herself while growing up... More >>

Tags: Behavior, Internet-Media, Internet/Media, Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, MaryJoRapini.com, Morals/Ethics/Values, Personal Responsibility, Personal Responsiblity, Self-respect, Sex, Social Issues, Teens, Values
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08/26/2013
Say What? Three Tips to Help Parents to Make Communication with Teens Easier Parents desperately want to communicate with their kids. But few know how to get a tight-lipped teen to open up. The result is a dead-end "chat" that leaves both parent and child feeling disconnected... More >>

Tags: Attitude, Family/Relationships - Teens, Health, Self-esteem, Teens, Values
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08/19/2013
When Sibling Rivalry Turns to Sibling Bullying Siblings naturally fight and argue, and most of us have experienced fighting with our brothers or sisters while growing up. But what should you do when sibling rivalry takes on the tone of bullying? More >>

Tags: Bullying, Family/Relationships - Parent/Child, Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, MaryJoRapini.com, Parenting, Raising kids, Relatives, Sibling rivalry, Siblings
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08/12/2013
Why I Won't Let My Sixth Grader Have a Cell Phone Should you give your middle schooler a cell phone? Our Kid Focused author weighs in... More >>

Tags: Education, Family/Relationships - Parent/Child, Family/Relationships - Teens, Good Will Hunting, Kelly Corrigan, Kids, Matt Damon, Middle school, Parenting, Smart phone, Stay-at-Home Mom, TED talks, Teens
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07/29/2013
What Is Your Toddler Really Thinking? Kids may say the darndest things, but toddlers are fountains of "no!"... More >>

Tags: Attitude, Family/Relationships - Parent/Child, Feelings, Kids, Parenting, Paul C. Holinger, PaulCHolinger.com
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07/15/2013
The Magic of 3 Certain places are inappropriate to bring a child under 3, and a movie theater is one of them... More >>

Tags: Despicable Me 2, Family/Relationships - Parent/Child, Kids, Movie Review, Movies, Parenting, Stay-at-Home Mom, Taking kids to the movie theater
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07/01/2013
Why Are Our Children No Longer Excellent? Excellence is an elusive goal of parenthood. Should we want our children to be excellent and if so, how do we turn this young boy eating doodle bugs on the porch into an excellent dentist? More >>

Tags: Character, Character-Courage-Conscience, Children, College, Education, Kids, Parenting, Perfection, Personal Responsibility, Responsibility, School, Setting goals, Stay-at-Home Mom, Students, Values
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