The Family Vacation (Republished)

May 19, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on The Family Vacation (Republished)  

The family vacation, an American tradition. Whether it involves renting a house on Cape Cod, taking a trip to Disney World, or all piling into the family car or RV, it usually implies more togetherness than families experience any other time of the year. Spending...READ MORE

Considering the Perspective of Others

April 7, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Considering the Perspective of Others  

  Katherine Kinzler’s article, The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals (NYT 3/11/16), cites recent research by herself and others that indicates that young children growing up in a household in which they are exposed to more than one language develop a greater capacity for a skill...READ MORE

Creating Memories

March 10, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Creating Memories  

  In Marianne’s last two columns on Bev Bos, she shared and reinforced Bev’s belief of the importance of parents creating memories and traditions for children and of passing on memories and traditions from their own childhoods. I would like to expand this theme a...READ MORE

The Case For Spirituality

January 21, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on The Case For Spirituality  

  One of the hats I wear is that of a spiritual counselor and religious educator. Combining my background in developmental psychology with my faith, I have developed a series of talks I call “Parenting in Partnership with God.” I was therefore delighted to make...READ MORE

Some Thoughts For The Holidays Ahead

December 10, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Some Thoughts For The Holidays Ahead  

  As holiday time approaches and children begin to get excited and form expectations about the meaning of Christmas, Chanukah, and other celebrations, I want to ask you parents to pause and reflect on what message you are sending to your children. Because young children...READ MORE

On Grandparenting

October 29, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on On Grandparenting  

  Most likely, few of you readers of this column are grandparents. Most of you who have young children, however, probably have one or more parents of your own who play a role in your children’s lives. As a grandparent myself, I offer this column...READ MORE

The Gift

October 1, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on The Gift  

  Now that school has started, children will frequently be bringing home papers, drawings, craft projects and things they have collected that they want to share with their parents. Behind each of these offerings is a message. Often, however, our parental response fails to take...READ MORE

Downtime

June 18, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Downtime  

  In my last column I explored the concept of “good stress,” the idea that healthy cognitive and emotional growth requires the opportunity to meet challenges and discover that one can deal with minor frustrations and failures. The essential concept is that good stress is...READ MORE

Good Stress by Carol Tolonen

May 21, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Good Stress by Carol Tolonen  

  On May 5th and again on May 12th a number of parents gathered at Putnam Indian Field School to discuss issues prompted by the book Mindful Parenting by Kristen Race. Most of the discussion centered on ways in which parents can be mindful of the...READ MORE

Mindfulness by Carol Tolonen

April 16, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Carol's Mindful Parenting Column • Tags: , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Mindfulness by Carol Tolonen  

  I bet you’ve heard the term bandied about a good deal recently. Perhaps you’ve wondered what it’s really all about and whether it has any relevance to yourself or your parenting. Although the concept has its origins in Eastern religious meditation practices, it has...READ MORE

 
 
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