Children see, children do …

This is so important to watch and share, even though it is hard to watch. Please pass this on and remember that as parents and teachers, we need to walk our talk! Be a good role model because your actions shout louder than your words. We can make this world a more peaceful place, one child at a time.

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Connecting children with nature at Silver Falls State Park

New Play Area to Open at Silver Falls

Officials at Silver Falls State Park are taking aim at the growing problem of “nature deficit disorder” in today’s children with the creation of a new natural play area at Oregon’s largest state park.

Described as a quarter-mile loop with adventure pods where children can safely climb a tree, hide in a cougar den, growl like a bear or weave a bird’s nest, the natural play area is having its grand opening May 31.

“Connecting kids to the outdoors is a critically important thing to do, for a whole host of reasons,” said Oregon Parks and Recreation director Lisa Van Laanen. “When you camp, picnic and play outdoors a lot as a child, it creates a lifelong love of the outdoors. And that’s good for everybody.”

All Joy and No Fun

All Joy and No Fun

All Joy and No Fun

Why parents hate parenting.

There was a day a few weeks ago when I found my 2½-year-old son sitting on our building doorstep, waiting for me to come home. He spotted me as I was rounding the corner, and the scene that followed was one of inexpressible loveliness, right out of the movie I’d played to myself before actually having a child, with him popping out of his babysitter’s arms and barreling down the street to greet me. This happy moment, though, was about to be cut short, and in retrospect felt more like a tranquil lull in a slasher film. When I opened our apartment door, I discovered that my son had broken part of the wooden parking garage I’d spent about an hour assembling that morning. This wouldn’t have been a problem per se, except that as I attempted to fix it, he grew impatient and began throwing its various parts at the walls, with one plank very narrowly missing my eye. I recited the rules of the house (no throwing, no hitting). He picked up another large wooden plank. I ducked. He reached for the screwdriver. The scene ended with a time-out in his crib.

Anger Management

Anger Management

Our six-year-old son is having some problems with rage and often the red mist overcomes him. I’m sure it is within a spectrum of “normal” child behaviour but I am struggling to get advice on how to help him.

In general he is happy and settled and gets on well at school – interestingly, he never has these outbursts at school. What I would really like is some advice to help him control and manage his anger. These outbursts often happen over really very minor things where he’s not got his own way over something such as watching more TV, or having more sweets, or getting ready for bed. The red mist falls and he can’t control his temper, lashing out and shouting/screaming/crying, sometimes for over an hour. I think he wants to control it and I sympathise with him as we’ve all felt this totally unreasonable rage, but don’t know how to support him. Often we try to coax him out of it, without going back on whatever the issue was, or divert him, or give him space, or get him to run it off, but this often doesn’t work. Do you have any tips?

This is a very interesting article and the comments from the readers/parents are full of helpful tips!