Discussions by Topic

The discussions on this page have been submitted by parenting educators across the country. If you would like to submit a topic for discussion, please click this link http://npen.org/about-npen/contact-us/ and submit your topic.

Stepfathers

Happy Father’s Day to Stepdads too.  Here is my recent blog on HuffPost.  Judy http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judy-osborne/stepfathers_b_3408682.html “It was the first time I felt I had a father,” Gwen answered. As Father’s Day approached this year, I was asking about stepfathers. Having worked with stepfamilies for thirty years I’ve […]

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moral development and more questions

Hello NPEN friends, Am thinking about developing a webinar for parents about children’s moral development. Any suggestions about: Best classic resources? Best evidence based resources? Web based resources? And while I am on the subject, any suggestions about resources that help us parenting educators come into the […]

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Tried and True: A List of Favorite Resources

Since NPEN encourages information sharing, professional development and networking opportunities we thought it only appropriate to share our Councils ‘best’ resources discussion at our annual NPEN meeting from MN in April 2013. We believe all parents/families should have the information, resources and support needed to provide a […]

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Resources on Gender

Wondering if anyone knows of some good resources on gender identity development. A mom I’m working with has a little guy who just turned 3 who loves to wear princess dresses, always prefers to play with girls, opts to be the mommy when they play house and […]

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Boys and Bathing

I have a client whose 10 year old does not like to bathe. She wants to know if he does not smell its okay for him to bathe once or twice a week. I can find no recommendations. Help! Barbara Harvey

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In Defense of Parents

Dear NPEN Members, My most recent blog entry – In Defense of Parents: A Child Therapist’s Dissent – was just published on Huffington Post. I invite all comments, pro and con. Here’s the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kenneth-barish-phd/parenting-advice_b_2646009.html Ken Barish

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Family Stories

NPEN friends, Just wanted to share – this is an article from the New York Times with strong evidence about the power of family stories and what kind of stories are most important: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/fashion/the-family-stories-that-bind-us-this-life.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&smid=fb-share Ruth Ettenberg Freeman

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Therapy for Family Retrusting

May be of interest: I have written an article that discusses therapy and distinguishes it from custody/access evaluations and mediation in the divorce process:   http://garydirenfeld.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/in-the-turmoil-of-family-transition/ america cash advance loans Best, Gary

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New Movie Coming Out On Cyber Bullying

A RANGE OF OPINIONS ON KIDS AND SOCIAL MEDIA A big sub topic in the world of parenting is getting parents engaged in supervising and managing their kids access to social media apps and devices.  It has become incredibly political with opposing points of view.  Some feel […]

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In the Media

I agree Gary!  One of my goals this year is to promote Certification in Canada and whenever the media interviews me, I will ask them to quote me as a “Certified family life educator”.  Here are some of my media spots if anyone is interested.  Be polite, […]

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