crying baby

Dear blogging nana,

My wife and I have a 3-month old baby and disagree on how to handle her crying.  Continue reading “crying baby”

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post-playground meltdown

Dear Nana,

Yesterday, I took my 6 year old daughter to that great playground at Treman Park with her good friend.  They had a great time playing with me and my husband and with each other.  After several hours of play, we dropped her friend off  and headed home.  That’s when things started to fall apart.  Continue reading “post-playground meltdown”

some thoughts about parenting

Most everyone agrees that we are responsible for the well-being of our family.  Very few people would allow their mom or dad, sister or brother, much less their children suffer if they had the wherewithal to help.

Our social system has developed over the millennium to expand our sense of family.  The idea that our family is all humankind is gaining some currency from a theoretical perspective.  Our task now is to raise children who can think well, most importantly, about their own family, but also about all people.  We can’t really parent our children & grandchildren well without taking into account the big picture.

Our children & grandchildren need to see us thinking about, loving, and acting in ways that pulls us toward a world in which children [and adults] are no longer hurt.

Some of us often feel pulled to blame the families that, for economic or other reasons, are not able to provide the resources, the health care, the education, the time that others are able to provide.  If we could instead, put our energy into insuring that every family has those resources, we’d go a long way to creating the world we want.

questions for the blogging nana? write margotbrinn@mac.com