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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Don’t Compliment Kids by Insulting Yourself

Don’t Compliment Kids by Insulting Yourself

Photo: ShutterstockBy now we know that when we praise kids, we should focus less on natural ability or intelligence and more on effort. As in, “You worked so hard on that homework!” versus “You’re so smart!” But adults have another way of complimenting kids that we should also do away with—insulting our own ability by…
There Is a Difference Between ‘Utmost’ and ‘Upmost’

There Is a Difference Between ‘Utmost’ and ‘Upmost’

Photo: ShutterstockI was writing a sentence the other day that included the sentiment that something was of “the utmost importance.” And I paused. Was it utmost? Or was it upmost? I was pretty sure it was “utmost,” but I was also pretty sure I’d seen/heard “upmost” at some point in my life. What’s the difference? UtmostUtmost…
Teach Your Kids the Red Flags of Online Predators

Teach Your Kids the Red Flags of Online Predators

Photo: ShutterstockThere are a slew of things for parents to be concerned about as our kids begin to navigate social media, online multiplayer games and the wider Internet on their own. There’s cyber bulling, hate speech and porn, to start with. But sexual predators also should be at the top of the list, having found…
Teach Little Kids to ‘Listen with Their Eyes’

Teach Little Kids to ‘Listen with Their Eyes’

Photo: ShutterstockI have said some version of, “I can’t tell if you’re hearing me because you’re not looking at me/responding” many, many times during my parenting journey (most often when I’m telling my son to turn off the television and put away his toys). The idea that eye contact is an important part of acknowledging…
How to Make Your Toddler More Patient

How to Make Your Toddler More Patient

Remember the last time you asked your toddler to wait just a second for something, and that only made them more desperate and relentless for the thing they wanted? Toddlers are known for many things and patience ain’t one. They are beginners and they need to stretch their patience muscles. But as parents, it is…
Never mind the naysayers: Emoji are a vital part of online communication

Never mind the naysayers: Emoji are a vital part of online...

Enlarge / The Emoji Movie (2017) anthropomorphized the ubiquitous icons we use to convey emotion in online communications. YouTube/Sony Pictures In 1982, a computer scientist named Scott Fahlman was chatting on an online bulletin board and used a combination of a colon, a hyphen, and a round bracket to indicate that he was joking. This…
Should You Decide Your Kid Out of Research?

Should You Decide Your Kid Out of Research?

Our kids have really long days. By sheer scheduling necessity, they’re often at school before we’re at work and they’re still there while we rush home to pick them up. Then they’ve got Girl Scouts or basketball practice or piano lessons. They’ve got to eat, they’ve got to get at least semi-clean before bed, they’ve…
Usage Your Kids to Get Your Method

Usage Your Kids to Get Your Method

Being strategic about what you say to your partner in front of your kids is pretty crucial. And most of that strategy involves what you don’t say. Around the time we realize that our kids are actually starting to understand our words, we’ve got to (mostly) rein in the cursing, we have to really consider…
What to Inform Your Young Child Rather of ‘No’

What to Inform Your Young Child Rather of ‘No’

If you parent a toddler, you probably say the word “no” a lot. It comes with the territory of caring for a being that is constantly doing things that are unsafe while also making frequent and repeated unreasonable requests. I am not advocating that we never tell our children “no.” Toddler-parenting very often calls for…
If You Do not Know What to State to a Kid, Attempt This

If You Do not Know What to State to a Kid,...

If you haven’t yet seen Saturday Night Live’s “Duolingo for Talking to Children” sketch, we highly recommend it. It’s funny because it’s true: Talking to kids can be surprisingly intimidating. Should I ask them about school? Doesn’t everyone ask them about school? Wait, are they even old enough to be in school? Guess their age…

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