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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.

Confidence is a tricky thing. It usually doesn't happen until you put yourself out there and build it, but confidence is very useful to have to put yourself out there.

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Our family has had some of its best conversations running errands or on long road trips.

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Right now in many places around the world, life is incomprehensibly horrible. I'm very tempted to try not to think about it. But that's not the right response for me or for my family. Now is the time to discuss natural disasters and war with the kids, to rally their interest in helping others, and to encourage them to begin forming their own opinions about foreign policy.

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World, you and I are going to be having a lot of these conversations. I'll be reminding you how sweet, gentle, funny, smart, innocent and absolutely wonderful she is, and ask you to be the same with her. Treat her kindly. Fill her with joy. Appreciate her for the amazing person she is. If you don't, you're gonna have a raging momma bull to deal with, and it ain't gonna be pretty.

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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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