authoritative parenting

3 Tips for encouraging your child’s communication, productivity, and financial literacy skills

March 30, 2016

Parents hope their kids will develop into productive, confident adults. There are very specific strategies that increase the odds of making that hope a reality. […]

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In times of tragedy, keep your kids close (by letting go of control)

January 6, 2016

Social media and consumer marketing tells us that if we do this, take that, wear this, and buy that, we will be happy. Similarly, rewards […]

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Parent’s guide to greater mindfulness

November 4, 2015

Every year, I attend a celebration at a culture center in my neighborhood. It’s one of my favorite days filled with music, dancing, art, and […]

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Are you a bullied parent?

August 31, 2015

Have you ever seen a child bully or boss around his parents? A child who talks down to them, disses, or even mocks them? Embarrassing, […]

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Are you a helicopter parent? – Land safely in four easy steps

February 3, 2014

As mothers, we receive plenty of input about what we should be doing, should have done or should do now. Frankly, we should have known better, […]

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What drives helicopter parenting and spanking?

April 19, 2013

We hear a lot about the dangers of helicopter and punishment-focused parenting, but I don’t think we’ve considered what drives adults to parent this way. […]

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Choosing Happiness: Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter

March 21, 2013

By Melissa Francis Photo credit: NBCU Photo Bank As a journalist, I have built a career around asking other people questions. But answering them? That […]

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The erosion of parental confidence and how to get it back

February 25, 2013

Strengthening our parental self-worth to strengthen our kids A question has been burning in my mind for quite some time, “Why does parental confidence seem […]

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