Recent question in my Inbox: "I am the grandmother of three beautiful children (ages 4, 6, and 10) with whom I live and help raise. Their single mother, my daughter, has been involved in about six relationships over the past 3 years, with a 2-3 week interval in between relationships. I am wo…
Icelebrate the family because I am concerned about the care and well-being of children. The nuclear family is the cradle in which the human race survived. Our helpless offspring need prolonged care to not only survive but to be watched over during the many years it takes to become an adult.
Because of the sluggish economy, there is an epidemic of "boomerang kids," a term used to describe adult children who return home to live with their parents. There is even a subcategory "boomerang kids with grandkids," when the adult child returns along with the grandchildren.
Children today think they are pretty special. No wonder - parents concentrate on building the child's self-esteem. We say, "Good job!" even if the job was pretty awful. We are exquisitely concerned about the child's feelings.
Recent question from the mother of a food-thrower: "Our 13-month old son has been dropping and throwing food off his tray for some time, whether we sit with him or not, whether he is hungry or not, whether he wants more of what he just tossed over or not.