Avoiding Parenting Mistakes…Ha!

Happy December! And Happy Chanukkah to those out there who celebrate this holiday!

As many of you know, since 2003, I’ve been writing a monthly parenting column for Sesame Workshop. The latest one was recently published and thought you’d enjoy it. The topic, about which I consider myself one of the foremost authorities, is PARENTING MISTAKES. Hope you find it entertaining and reassuring. I’d love to hear your reactions, especially any stories you care to share. (You can start your embarrassing story by saying, “A friend of mine …” and I promise to be totally fooled.)

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Dazed by Discipline? Oh, Behave Yourself!

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of doing a presentation at a local Barnes & Noble superstore about my new kids science book MICRO MANIA. Most things went according to plan. Everyone yelled, “Eeeewwww!” when I projected the huge photo of the fungus-infected foot, sang along with my musical spoof, the “Germ-Spangled Banner”, and asked some terrific questions. (When I explained, for example, that all the microscopic life on Earth weighs MORE than all the visible creatures, one kid asked, “Does that include all the microbes that live inside the visible creatures?”). What didn’t go according to plan was my own children’s behavior before and after my talk. During the talk, they were paying attention and seemed truly interested. But before and after, they were… well, rather than summarize what happened, here’s the whole story, which I told in my latest parenting column for Sesame Workshop (see PDF below).

Dazed by Discipline? Oh, Behave Yourself!

If you have any parenting tips or advice about discipline to share, please post your thoughts below.

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Celebrating Silliness

April Fools’ Day is almost here… And I can’t wait! Thought you’d enjoy my latest parenting column for Sesame Workshop — Sesame Newsletter “April Fools Fun” — in which I recount some of the recent pranks that have been pulled on me by my kids, Finian and Olivia. Hope you find it enlightening and inspirational. As always, feel free to add your Comments below. I’d love to hear of any wonderful practical jokes that you’ve pulled — or that have been pulled on you. Before I go, I stumbled on this short video of a sweet baby getting “pranked” by his cruel parents —The Art of the Tart (What cracks me up is that the baby keeps going for the lemon, hoping that it might actually test better on the second or third try.)

Jordan and His Favorite Pranksters

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Shaking Things Up in the New Year!

Happy New Year! Hope 2010 has been good to you so far. One of the first things I wrote this year was a parenting essay for Sesame Workshop’s web site. Enjoy! (Check out the new format – which features a photo of the writer and his/her child)
In this article, I share some of my resolutions as a parent for the coming year. One is to have a greater tolerance for my kids’ messes. Below is a picture of my daughter Olivia creating one of her fabulous concoctions, in which she raids our spice shelf. The one pictured here apparently features Old Bay mixed with…heaven knows what else. At least she realized it wasn’t wise to ask me to sample it…
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Holidays on a Budget

Happy holidays! Thought you’d enjoy my latest parenting column for Sesame Workshop’s website, starring my ebullient daughter Olivia, seen here in less snowy weather. The timely topic is Holidays on a Budget (PDF). Among other things, this article reminds moms and dads that the price of a present rarely has an impact on the child’s enjoyment. The cliche about the kid enjoying the box more than the gift inside is often true. Hope you and your family find plenty of low-cost, fun ways to spend time together. See you in 2010.

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