Loving Our Neighbor

Every religion, Buddhism (a path to Enlightenment), and secular humanism include some variant of “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself”.  This is the bedrock of our humanity, and it’s quite impossible to posit a moral code without basic respect and care for the other. My goodness though, don’t we try to get around this!  Various iterations […]

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Swearing By My Kids

Our firstborn spoke early. By eighteen months, she was insinuating herself into conversations with “let’s talk about life” or “how are we all getting along?” One evening she was lying on the rug, uncharacteristically playing with a doll. It was the sort of doll where the eyes shut when you lay it down, but she […]

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Homework

It is not unusual to see conflicts between parents and school-age children diminish during the summer. Why? Because there’s no homework.   While the potential academic benefits of homework have been debated for over a century, it is a rare family who does not regularly experience homework as a source of argument and tears.  Except […]

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Boundaries

The concept of boundaries is an important one in human relationships.  Infants don’t know where they end and another person starts.  Learning this is part of healthy development.  It’s part of the “no” stage for 2 year-olds.  By saying no, toddlers are beginning to practice the art of individuation, a tiny step in the direction […]

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Parenting Per Davy Crockett

There really was a Davy Crockett, a man who lived during the early 19th century, who served in Congress and who died at the Alamo. He has also become something of an early American folk hero, with myths and legends built up around his life. It is said that he once came face to face […]

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