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Monday, September 27th, 2010 | 2 Comments
Last week, Jennifer Kolari wrote about her 7 tips for a smooth morning. For a more humorous look at the subject, check out Motherlode, where Victor (Spuds) Crawford shares his checklists for starting the day right (here and here). What makes the read more »

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Thursday, August 26th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Neanderdad is back at Motherlode with his account of his family’s vacation this summer. I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry when I read it. How did you spend your summer? read more »

Focussing on the Positive Instead of What Your Kids Have Done Wrong

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Check out the latest post by Jacqueline Green at Great Parenting Practices. Jacqueline talks about focussing on the positive rather than dwelling on what your kids are doing wrong. Great advice! read more »


Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 | 0 Comments
It happens all the time. You overreact to something your child says. Or your child overreacts to something you say. Check out Carl Pickhardt’s post exploring five common types of overreaction for some insight into what’s behind these outbursts. read more »

Overcoming Fear

Thursday, June 17th, 2010 | 0 Comments
I recently discovered a new online magazine that features stories about overcoming fear: Fear.less. According to the magazine’s website: “Every story you read is an example of conquering fear, whether an immediate physical danger, the looming threat of failure, the pressure to compete in read more »

Food Allergy Awareness

Monday, May 10th, 2010 | 1 Comment
This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week in the U.S. and May is Food Allergy Awareness Month in Canada. Connected Parenting will be doing its part by discussing parenting issues related to raising a child with a food allergy. Stay tuned as read more »

Ugly Betty Gets Her Braces Off – Mirroring by Orthodontist Dr. Frankel

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 | 0 Comments
Take a peak at this scene from Ugly Betty (scroll to 4:17) for a great example of mirroring. In the scene, Betty is at the orthodontist, finally about to get her braces off. The orthodontist is distracted, telling a story and not read more »

Picking Your Battles with Gifted Children: Brain Development & Organization

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Tamara Fisher at Unwrapping the Gifted recently pointed out this press release from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (citing a paper in the March 30, 2006* issue of Nature), which explains that for children with “superior” IQs: “Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans showed read more »

The Orchid Children Hypothesis: More Research

Sunday, April 4th, 2010 | 2 Comments
An intriguing study by Stony Brook University researchers may help explain orchid children, showing that people who are “highly sensitive” have “underlying difference[s] … in the brain’s attention to details,” according to an article on  The researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to show that highly read more »

The Little Paper on Helicopter Parenting

Saturday, March 27th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Vicki Bell over at the little paper wrote a fabulous piece about how she made the switch from being a “satellite of love” parent: “orbiting [her] daughters with purse and pockets full of tissues, snacks, lip balm and sippys; delivering explanations, juice, stories, read more »

That Lovin' Feeling

Saturday, March 20th, 2010 | 0 Comments
An amazing idea from Brooke Reynolds: jot down the funny things your kids say on whatever is handy and drop it into a jar. Pull out one of the notes whenever you need a pick-me-up or a little help remembering that lovin’ feeling. h/t read more »

Laughter & Connected Play

Thursday, March 18th, 2010 | 0 Comments
I recently came across this article about the benefits of laughter in a relationship. Although the article was about romantic relationships and marriage, the principles apply equally to your relationship with your child: “Uniquely human, laughter is, first and foremost, a social signal–it read more »

Do Your Kids Fidget?

Thursday, March 4th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Are you constantly telling your kids to sit still, sit down, stop squirming? I am. But I’m thinking maybe I should stop. According to a recent article in the New York Times, sitting still is pretty bad for your health. Even if read more »

Seth Godin on Genius and Failure

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 | 0 Comments
Try this out on your resident perfectionist if they weren’t persuaded by the Michael Jordan video about failure. In a post entitled, Genius is misunderstood as a bolt of lightning, Seth Godin argues that: “Genius is actually the eventual public recognition of dozens (or hundreds) of read more »

Things You Never Thought You'd Say

Thursday, February 25th, 2010 | 0 Comments
This piece from the New York Times’ Motherlode is about the funniest thing I’ve read since becoming a parent. Noting a recent addition to the blogosphere that collects the crazy things you find yourself saying as a parent, Motherlode’s Lisa Belkin invited read more »

How Connected Parenting Can Help Orchid Children

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 | 5 Comments
According to the Orchid Hypothesis, popularized by David Dobbs in The Atlantic last year, a genetic predisposition to anxiety, depression, hyperactivity and behavioral problems may be better understood as a heightened sensitivity to both positive and negative environmental influences. Dobbs dubbed these hyper-sensitive children, orchid read more »

Adversity and Opportunity – Aimee Mullins at TED

Saturday, February 20th, 2010 | 1 Comment
I happened on a recent TED talk by Aimee Mullins this week. Aimee was a paralympic record-breaker at the 1996 games and she’s an amazing speaker. Her talk focussed on seeing adversity as opportunity. Since adversity of some kind or another is read more »

New Research Supports Orchid Children Hypothesis

Friday, February 5th, 2010 | 2 Comments
Today’s Globe & Mail reports on a new study published in the journal Child Development that shows that children who are highly reactive to stress do worse than their peers at school if they come from a home where there’s lots of stress read more »

CBC Explores “Helicopter” Parenting

Friday, February 5th, 2010 | 0 Comments
If you missed it last night, be sure to check out the CBC documentary, Hyper Parents and Coddled Kids. It’s on again tonight at 10pm EST or you can watch it online. Keep an eye on the Connected Parenting blog for Jennifer Kolari‘s read more »

What I Was Reading This Week

Saturday, January 30th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Great Teachers. A great teacher can make all the difference in your child’s life. I know. My kids have had the incredibly good fortune of having some really terrific teachers. According to an article in The Atlantic, Teach for America has been gathering data read more »

Thursday is a Big Day at the e.p.i.c. School – Come for the Open House, Stay for Jennifer Kolari

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 | 0 Comments
You may recall that back in October I recommended that anyone looking for a great nursery/kindergarten check out the e.p.i.c. School open house. As I said at the time, we’ve had an amazing experience at the school. This Thursday, January 28, from read more »

The Fun Theory

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Check out, a site that aims to prove that “fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better.” Here’s my favorite one:Obviously, this works well with kids too. According to a New York Times article about the Tools read more »

Play is the Thing – Don't Forget to Have Some Fun

Sunday, January 17th, 2010 | 2 Comments
As we rush around in our busy lives, it’s important to remember to play. If you need inspiration, check out this TED Talk about the importance of play by Stuart Brown of the National Institute for Play (NIFP):According to Brown, “nothing lights read more »

Very Punny! Top 10 in the International Pun Contest 2009

Monday, January 4th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Happy New Year everyone! To start things off on the right foot as we get back to work and school, here are the winners of the 2009 International Pun Contest: read more »

Learning from Mistakes: Michael Jordan & "Failure"

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 | 1 Comment
Have a perfectionist (or several) living in your home? Maybe they’ll get the message about the importance of mistakes and failure if they hear it from Michael Jordan:H/T to Jonathan Fields. read more »

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