I have a friend who grew up on a Midwest farm; I'l call him Gene. As a young boy, Gene and his father were visiting their neighbor’s farm, and my friend wandered by himself into the barn. He accidentally knocked over an unlit kerosene lamp.
When the neighbor found the broken lamp, Gene said he didn’t know how it happened.Read more
Moms and dads often do things differently.
Is that OK?
Should be because, in fact, any two parents will do things differently (regardless of gender) because they are two different people. Kids benefit from the difference, so we parents have to make sure that our kids are exposed to both parenting styles.Read more
IMHO, New Moon Girls is a resource without parallel for girls ages 8 to 12. It’s very unusual to find such a perfect resource for girls in this crazy, often toxic world they inhabit. So, I can’t recommend it enough!Read more
A few years ago, Claire Mysko (http://clairemysko.com), author of the Girls, Inc. book You’re Amazing!: A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self, told me about a wonderful interview with children’s author Neil Gaiman.
But before he wrote that book, he was interviewed by his young daughter Maddy Gaiman. It’s a fascinating and insightful interview which tells you a lot about how Neil writes…and also about how much insight and intelligence our own daughters are capable of.
So, listen to Maddy and then spend some time today listening to your own girl!
Fathers and stepfathers don’t always realize what a key role we play in the intellectual and academic development of our daughters. In a culture that repeatedly tells girls that guys care far more about their looks than their brains, Dad—as the “first man” in a girl’s life—can prove otherwise.Read more