Parenting with Purpose: Calming the Anxious Child

All kids get stressed and worried at times. They might have butterflies before school, a new activity or sport, or even going over to a friend’s house. For most kids, these anxieties are short term and situational. But for many kids, these fleeting worries can turn into a significant problem. In this column, I will share some ideas to help children who are dealing with anxieties.

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Parenting with Purpose: Perfecting the Art of the Apology

I remember, when I was about 10 years old, playing at my friend’s house. His father lost his temper over some small issue and, a few minutes later, apologized for yelling. I was a bit stunned, because I couldn’t remember a time when my father had apologized to me. I didn’t know that fathers were capable of saying, “Sorry.” Maybe it wasn’t one of the things that the greatest generation was very great at doing, but I have vowed to do a better job of teaching my kids the art of the apology.

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McNerney: Dealing with Arguments and Whining

You’re sitting down to dinner with your family, and your 12-year-old daughter innocently asks, “Can I go over to Julia’s on Friday night?” This seems like a simple request, but the last time you said yes, you later found out that your daughter went over to another friend’s house instead. So, you answer, “No, not this weekend.” Your daughter, naturally, asks, “Why?”

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