Helping Confidence Bloom

How smart phones can erode self-confidence and thwart independence (and why you might be having a hard time intervening)

How smart phones can erode self-confidence and thwart independence (and why you might be having a hard time intervening)

Soooo much fun! I’ve just downloaded the Best Wallpaper Ever. This free app turns my sleek and shiny smartphone into a miniature aquarium, complete with on/off bubble aerator, ten underwater scenes to choose from, and a selection of tropical fish that allows me to click not only which ones I want, but how many of each. It’s eye candy, especially on my extra-large screen; I’m pretty sure it’s better than the real thing. A beautiful, stress-relieving undersea scene, with me at all times – and, unlike our old clunky aquarium, doesn’t even need to be cleaned. Also “with me at all times,” are...

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“I don’t want to go to school, Mommy!” — Helping with Separation Anxiety

“I don’t want to go to school, Mommy!” — Helping with Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety 2 Girls, 2 Stories, 2 Plans Sending your little girl off for the first day of preschool or kindergarten is not for the meek at heart! You’re not alone if you’ve been thinking about it for weeks and worrying about it when you’re meant to be sleeping. Even if your little one is feeling excited and confident, there’s still the issue of how you’re feeling! For many moms, it’s a big wrench. You’ll no longer control your daughter’s entire environment; the rhythm of your day is changed; your role feels…confusing; and it might be just plain hard to imagine cheerfully waving, See...

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