Things to Consider When Giving Your Child a Cellphone

How and when to give a child a cell phone of their own is a big decision for parents. The bulk of research suggests that the less screen time children have the better. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests having a family plan with set limits on screen use. Giving them a cell phone is … Continue reading Things to Consider When Giving Your Child a Cellphone

Leaving Children Home Alone

My girls were 7 and 10 years old when I decided to leave them home alone for the first time. They were excited and slightly concerned, so we spent about 40 minutes talking through the details about where I’d be, how long I’d be gone, what they could and couldn’t do, how to contact me … Continue reading Leaving Children Home Alone

How Your Own Sibling Relationships Can Impact Your Children’s Sibling Relationships

    I’ll admit, I am about to way oversimplify an issue about complex family dynamics. There are people who spend years in therapy unraveling the impact from the next few points. That said, there are some fairly obvious ways your own sibling relationships, from growing up and from current exchange, can impact your children’s … Continue reading How Your Own Sibling Relationships Can Impact Your Children’s Sibling Relationships

Nature Walk Ideas by Age

I grew up in a bird-watching, nature-loving family. We camped for summer vacations and had bird books on the coffee table. My parents still hike out to the middle of nowhere at 4:00 a.m. once a year for the Christmas Bird Count. With my own kids, we have found there are so many fabulous places … Continue reading Nature Walk Ideas by Age

Your Own Sibling Relationships Can Impact Your Children’s Sibling Relationships

First, your own sibling relationships help shape your expectations for how your children might get along. My brother and I got along great growing up. We played together when we were little and hung out fairly often through college. I expect my girls to get along. When they do play and hang out, I count that as … Continue reading Your Own Sibling Relationships Can Impact Your Children’s Sibling Relationships

My History Shapes My Parenting

I’ve been contemplating all the parents yesterday commenting on the lasting impact from their own childhoods. There are many ways my family history has shaped my parenting, here are a few for starters. – My mom stayed home until my brother and I were both in grade school. Then she worked fulltime and managed to also … Continue reading My History Shapes My Parenting

Two New Categories

In addition to the Parenting Answers I provide through addressing the questions you submit and posting our own tips by topic, I am adding two new categories to the blog. In Dr. Rene at Home, I will write about my own family life including my children, my husband and the parenting decisions and mistakes we make. In … Continue reading Two New Categories