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Parenting OUTloud

Parenting OUTloud

by Kelly Crenshaw

Friday, June 09, 2017

Raising Proud Kids

Our society is so focused on making every kid a winner these days. Every ballplayer gets a trophy. Every classroom hands out awards. We give our kids rewards just for breathing. And frankly, I think this is causing our kids to lose their sense of pride. They don’t understand what it is to really win at something. They don’t get a chance to speak out about who they are and how hard they’ve worked to achieve their goals. They’re always winners. While I understand the desire to help our children understand success, I don’t understand never helping them grow from their defeats.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Kids and Pets

When I was little, my parents took a picture of me with my best buddy. She was lying on the floor and I was seated next to her. She was my playmate and my protector. She was our family dog. Over the years, my parents told stories of how she would guard me whenever anyone came to the house. She never growled or became aggressive, but she made it very clear that I was her baby.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Lesson Learned

If you’ve followed this column over time, you realize that my kids come in all ages. And, you probably realize that some of my kids face challenges of mental health, cognitive issues, or physical disabilities. While having a family with special-needs kids is certainly not unique, by any means, my experiences have given me an interesting viewpoint into how kids mature and develop.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Power of Dirt

Cassandra is learning to share. She will share her toys (sometimes), and she absolutely loves to share her food. Just yesterday, she and I shared a glass of ice water. She drank her share and then passed it to me. She helped me hold the glass, as I always do with her, and was not satisfied until I drank some of the water. We continued to drink, passing the glass back and forth, for several minutes. She beamed every time I took a drink.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Nothing hurts quite as much as the breakup of a long-term relationship. This is the person who knows more about you than anyone else. This is the person you’ve trusted and loved. This is the person who’s seen you at your best and your worst, still sticking around– until the day they didn’t.

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