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Author: host Created: 4/14/2008 1:21 PM
The Parent Power Blog provides support and resources to parents with suggestions, the telling of (often humorous) experiences and a sharing of resources. We seek to ask thought-provoking questions that challenge us to think about our parenting methods, and about ways that we might improve those methods to be parents that nurture our children, support them, love them, challenge them, and encourage them to be successful in all areas of their lives. Together, we can build a strong community for our children—The Learning Community, energized by Parent Power.

My own response to what I heard of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother was at first outrage, but as I learned more, the outrage waned and I've spent the last several weeks looking at my own parenting style and discussing the book with others.

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As is so often the case, discrimination often doesn't become a cause of ours until we've been discriminated against. I guess I am now going to be teaching my kids that old doesn't mean irrelevant, incapable, or incompetent...it means wiser. With the amount of gray sprouting out of my scalp, I am very wise indeed.

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A handy reference guide for parents that includes street names, what the drugs look like, how they're abused, and more.

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Pretty soon, they'll have a repertoire of recipes they can confidently cook, and I'll be able to take a night off on a regular basis to do something else relaxing, like take a long hot bath, go for a walk, read a book, crochet, listen to music...you know, those things we moms dream of but rarely have time for.

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Even though I don't like it, I let them listen to some of this stuff--but I always make sure I know what they're listening to. They know that in order to listen to it, they are going to have to listen to me from time to time talking about what they're hearing and what they think about it. And I hope that this is the right way of dealing with it.

How do you deal with objectionable things your kids want to listen to or see?

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Seeing my daughter struggle for her place on the middle school food chain is painful to watch; both because I remember those days of self loathing and because I know she is so much better equipped for all of this than I was that I was hoping she wouldn't have to struggle at all. I feel the need to make a saying that I can imprint on her brain, that she can take with her for the rest of her life. "We don't change so someone will love us. The right person loves us for who we already are."

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I strive mightily NOT to be a hypocrite in most areas of my life. But in parenting, it seems I can't escape it. Nearly every day, I make a choice that I don't want my kids to make. Here's just a sampling...

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Judging by many of the parenting, teaching and news websites, the topic of bullying is at the forefront of many of our minds...perhaps more so than ever, as several kids have committed suicide because of intense or ongoing bullying. I've been thinking and thinking about this topic. Who's at fault? What should have been done? What rights do people have to protect themselves?

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Last week we went to our son's first parent teacher conference at his new school. Frankly, it was awful and we left both enraged and confused. The teacher seemed to have no interest in our son and said, "He's so quiet, he falls under the radar." First ALARM.

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This year, I have the biggest reason yet to loathe school pictures. To my shock, this year they are now offering the option to retouch your child's photo. To me, what this is saying to our kids is that what they look like is more important than who they are. And what they look like isn't good enough, so mommy and daddy are going to pay extra money so that the child's flaws can be airbrushed out.

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