Magazine article Work & Family Life

Understanding How Your Children See the World

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Understanding How Your Children See the World

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Is ml 5-year-old OK? She spends an awful lot of time talking to her imaginary friend.... My son is only in fourth grade but he seems to have a real case of test anxiety.

These are the kinds of nittygritty concerns parents want advice about, says Barbara Meltz, who writes the "Child Caring" column in the Boston Globe and is the author of a wonderful new book, Put Yourself in Their Shoes.

Writing about serious issues such as divorce as well as everyday events such as sleepovers (that are often children's chief concerns), she helps us understand why a child might be reacting in a particular wayand what to ask, listen for or observe to decode puzzling behavior.

Among the many topics included are: Negotiating Independence: conquering first sleepover fears, being left home alone, earning and handling money.

Milestones of a Different Kind: interpreting why toddlers bite, why good children use bad words, taking stealing seriously. …

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