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The most awesome and exhilarating role—parenting. Being a son or a daughter doesn’t prepare us for all of parenting—the same way being a student wouldn’t prepare you to be a teacher.

Children are independent beings who need to be nurtured so they feel secure enough to explore and grow. If we want them to be independent thinkers we need to give them chances to be independent. While some people think kids are small beings who need to be trained and intimidated into correct behavior, I do not.

We all know parents who play a power game with their children—one of their parenting goals is to have and exert power over their children. While there are times, of course, that we need to have power, that isn’t the ultimate goal. Creating a successful relationship takes time—you and your children are learning together.

Power over our children isn’t the goal—we want to empower them. I recently heard Alfie Kohn tell a story about his wife wanting to change the expression, “It’s not rocket science” to “It’s not parenting” and I totally agree.

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Our goal is to always stay connected and attached to your child, to hear and see what your child says and does, and to work with him to model the behaviors that help us thrive.

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Can your really install a car seat? What about using the potty on the go? What might you do in an emergency? Interested in hiring a nanny?

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How do I cut back on my 2.5 year-old’s TV time? I keep hearing it’s important to be consistent, but what if I change my mind?

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Are there helpful ways to think about parenting? How can you create a healthy loving bond with your child? How do we balance needs and wants? What happens when your child asks about death? Or sex? Got tantrums?

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You can be reasonably prepared for emergencies! What kind of vitamins might you give your child? Plus information about eczema, etc.

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Reading about parenting is essential and can help you clarify your vision of yourself as parent. There is much to learn about parenting styles, and much to benefit from other people’s experiences.

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I've Been Thinking About... a monthly series that invites comments from readers. The articles that focus on parenting are here.

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TED TALK: Carl Honore Praises SLOWNESS.

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Smooth mornings equal happy starts to the day...

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Some grandparents feature prominently in our children's lives, some don't. Our own relationships with our parents usually set t

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