Sometimes the conversations we shy away from having with our kids are exactly the ones we most need to have. Professor of media, culture, and communication, Charlton McIlwain, hopes his new website, Kids on Color, helps families do just that.
This Sunday, June 12, is Loving Day; and celebrations and commemorative events will take place around the nation. Loving Day is the 44th Anniversary of the 1967 unanimous Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, striking down anti-miscegenation laws.
"When we allow ourselves to follow rules that go against our nature of being assertive and caring to ourselves and others, we are in essence engaging in an act of cowardice, and that's not okay. Therefore it makes sense if our children are willing to be bystanders and passive witness to any of their peers getting hurt."
2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! Last month's theme was Time, and last week’s resolution was to Observe the one-minute rule. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?
It's fine to be upset with Anthony Weiner for hurting the Democratic Party with his sexual shenanigans. But since we will never know a single thing about his personal psychology, everything we infer about it represents our own projections.
Anthony Weiner's personal indiscretions are creating a level of rejection that few of us will ever experience. Does he care? How people respond to rejection is a stable personal trait that has important implications for work, love, and life. It is also crucial in understanding how children react to being bullied.
Over the course of your life, attitudes shift. Your attitudes are not just there to be changed, of course. Your attitudes also help you decide how to act. How does the need to act affect your ability to change your attitudes?
Children (And Teens!) need parents who can give them unconditional love and unwavering support. If there is ever anything that gets in the way of your being able to do this, don’t hide in shame. Instead, take the steps to fall back in love with the child you've never stopped adoring.