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Following the Orchid Children Discussion

Saturday, December 26th, 2009 | 4 Comments
David Dobbs’ article in the Atlantic about orchid children and dandelion children has sparked a huge amount of interest. We summarized the article and later followed up with a link to an interview with Dobbs on WNYC radio. We also mentioned that read more »

Parents Involved in Landmark Case Denied Reimbursement for Private Special Education

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 | 0 Comments
As we noted earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that parents who haven’t been able to get special education services through their public school may be able to get reimbursement from the school district for private school tuition. This read more »

The Secret to a Terrific Teacher Gift

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Amid a flurry of holiday preparations, many parents are searching for the perfect gift for their child’s teacher. It can be a daunting task to figure out what your child’s teacher would like. If you’re at a loss, check out Christmas Gifts for read more »

Canadian Association of Social Workers Highlights the Rights of the Child on Human Rights Day 2009

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 | 0 Comments
The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) chose to commemorate Human Rights Day 2009 last Thursday (Dec. 10) by celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. To mark the occasion, CASW and the Canadian Coalition for the Rights read more »

More on Orchid and Dandelion Children

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 | 5 Comments
A couple of weeks ago, we noted an article in The Atlantic that reported on a new theory of behavioral genetics. According to the theory, some children are like dandelions, able to thrive anywhere. Others are like orchids, hypersensitive to the environments read more »

Connecting with Other Moms

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 | 0 Comments
A friend of mine turned me on to a terrific new site for moms called The Skinny Scoop which allows you to ask questions (get the “skinny”) or answer questions (give the “scoop”) on any subject. Lots of fun and super helpful when read more »

Gabor Maté on the Importance of Connecting with Your Child

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 | 1 Comment
Check out this interview with Gabor Maté in the Toronto Star. Maté explains how parental connection produces physical changes in a child’s brain: “The physiology of the child is shaped by the emotional condition of parents, by the environment in which the child grows read more »

New Theory Suggests that Overly Sensitive Children Have Over-sized Potential: Orchid Children

Friday, November 20th, 2009 | 6 Comments
An article in the December issue of the Atlantic reports on a new theory that genes that predispose people to anxiety, depression, and behavioural problems, also seem to endow people with enormous potential. According to this “orchid hypothesis”: “[B]ad genes can create dysfunction read more »

Marc Kielburger on the Colbert Report

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Check out Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Free the Children, discussing child labor on the Colbert Report a couple of days ago. Scroll forward to 5:20 to see his segment. H/T to @ourkidsnet. For related posts, check out We Day Toronto is Coming! and Programs Empower read more »

Happiness Is . . . Your iPhone

Sunday, November 15th, 2009 | 0 Comments
A new iPhone app, designed by Harvard grad student Matt Killingsworth, is designed to help you find out what makes you happy. Track Your Happiness uses e-mail or text message notifications to ask you how you are feeling and what you are read more »

It's Elementary

Monday, November 9th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Remember the classic Tom Lehrer song about the elements?Well, there’s a new game in town:The budding scientists at my house are big fans. P.S. They also like the other songs on the album, Here Comes Science, by They Might be Giants. read more »

Optimism and Resilience on Grey's Anatomy – Isaac and Derek Shepherd

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 | 0 Comments
Here’s the second instalment in an unintentional series on Grey’s Anatomy 🙂 Click here and scroll about six minutes in to see Isaac, a lab tech-turned-patient at Seattle Grace, as he assures McDreamy that he has survived war, the loss of his family, read more »

New York Parent Beat: The Parents League

Thursday, October 29th, 2009 | 0 Comments
If you’re a New York parent enduring the gruelling independent school admissions process, check out the Parents League. My inside source says they are on the ball and even have information about available spaces (from pre-k through grade 12) after the regular admissions read more »

No-Mess Pumpkin Carving

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 | 0 Comments
Check this out for some Halloween fun 🙂 Here’s mine:H/T to Carolyne Cybulski at the e.p.i.c. School. read more »

When Kids Play Favourites

Monday, October 19th, 2009 | 1 Comment
A recent essay by “Neanderdad” on Lisa Belkin’s Motherlode explores what happens when a child favours one parent over the other. In Neanderdad’s case, his daughter suddenly insisted that Mommy do bedtime duty, even though it was the household practice to alternate nights read more »

There's Fun and Then There's Fun

Monday, October 19th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Gretchen Rubin at the Happiness Project blog has a great post about fun that has interesting implications for planning your family’s leisure time. Gretchen divides fun into three types: challenging, accommodating, and relaxing.  Challenging fun requires you to put in a fair amount read more »

Open House at e.p.i.c. School this Thursday

Monday, October 12th, 2009 | 1 Comment
With the crowded open house season upon us, I wanted to suggest that you take the opportunity to visit the e.p.i.c. School if you have a child going into Pre-K, JK or SK next year. My son has attended e.p.i.c. for the read more »

Callie and Chief Webber – Empathy on Grey's Anatomy

Sunday, October 11th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Empathy, Grey's Anatomyread more »

Programs Empower Kids to Help

Thursday, October 8th, 2009 | 1 Comment
Last week, we blogged about We Day, a Free the Children initiative that is meant to kick off a year-long plan of action. Two other programs, Project Give Back and Ryan’s Well, also empower children to have an impact. Each of these read more »

We Day Toronto is Coming! – UPDATED

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 | 2 Comments
After a very successful event in Vancouver, Toronto is getting ready for its own Free the Children We Day this Monday, Oct. 5. Featuring “a series of inspirational and motivational speeches by top leadership and social issues activists, speakers and entertainers,” We Day read more »

Help Picking Your Next Flick: Kids Movie Ratings that Work

Thursday, September 24th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Traditional movie ratings haven’t quite done it for me when it comes to choosing a movie for my kids. Even some G-rated movies can have upsetting scenes – for instance, I’ve heard lots of complaints about the demise of Nemo’s mom in read more »

The Queen of Resiliency

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 | 0 Comments
One of my favorite posts on Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist is A case study in staying resilient: My divorce.  Resilience is a big theme around here at Connected Parenting and Penelope Trunk, the self-styled “Queen of Resiliency,” is quite the role model.  Psychology Today seems read more »

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Parents Can Get Public Funding for Private Schools Even if They Didn't Get Public Special Education First

Monday, September 21st, 2009 | 1 Comment
Parents in the U.S. who are battling with their public schools for special education services recently got a helping hand from the U.S. Supreme Court, which said that they may be able to get reimbursement for private school tuition. In the case before the Supreme Court, read more »

Connected Parenting Welcomes Audrey Grushcow as our New Social Media Maven

Monday, September 21st, 2009 | 0 Comments
Audrey Grushcow is a mother of two, a social media consultant and a lawyer/mediator. Audrey will be blogging about news and resources of interest to the Connected Parenting community as well as working to create a vibrant online community of Connected Parents. read more »

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