Posts Tagged ‘parenting’
From the Editors - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 1:00 - 2 Comments
I spent over 12 years as the Editor-in-Chief of one of the country’s biggest parenting magazines, 9 at Babytalk and 3 at Parenting, both with over 2 million in circulation. When I started out, my son was 3; my daughter wouldn’t arrive for years. I was a little nervous about moving to the top spot, but I knew one thing–I’d be a dream manager for parents like myself. Need a day where you could replace the time you spent commuting with snuggling with the baby? No problem! I hired some of the best editors in New York in part because I allowed, or sometimes guaranteed in the job negotiation, that they could work one or two days a week from home.
At first, all was hunky-dory. And then the following things started to happen:
* Some people took advantage. They’d be unreachable for hours when they were supposed to be on the clock. Wouldn’t these be the same kinds of people who wasted time in the office, you may ask? Maybe. But it’s a lot easier to get away with stuff when you are 30 miles away and not 30 seconds down the hall. Continue…
- Marissa Mayer vs. Me
Okay, that headline was a trick to get you to read this post. Our contributing editor Chris Brogan, social media expert extraordinaire, gave me the idea (thanks, Chris!). The truth is I love Marissa Mayer. I love her brilliance, her joie de vivre (she’s famous for her parties), and her femininity (I flatter myself that, [...]
- How to Find a Child’s Missing Shoe (and Other Entitlement Issues)
What is the antidote to entitlement? Ownership. Here is a story to illustrate the problem of what happens when kids perceive no ownership: One day, our son, 8-year-old Jason (name changed to protect the not-so-innocent), came home from school on an early spring day, and he was missing an article of clothing. You might guess [...]
- Eyres: Dissecting a child’s entitlement
We love our SUCCESS audience because of the great feedback we always get to our blog posts here. You are THINKING parents and you are looking for real answers to the challenges that face your kids today.
You have concluded, most of you, as we have, that ENTITLEMENT and the lack of motivation to earn and save and experience delayed gratification is a core problem for kids today, and you have admitted that it is mostly the fault of parents! (See the reader poll in our last two blog posts.)
We are going to make the audacious claim that we can help you (and your kids) overcome the problem of entitlement attitudes!
But before we start spewing out ideas, we invite you to think with us a little more about the problem itself, and about the changing nature of raising kids today.
In other words, let’s think a little harder about the questions before we start trying to state the answers. Here are some queries that we hope will challenge you:
Are you letting your kids fall into a trap that can make their lives (and yours) miserable?
Instead of giving our kids a sense of responsibility, are you giving them… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
- Vote on the Biggest Parenting Problem
When speaking to a large group in Southern California, just for fun, we began by saying “Nominations are now in order for the toughest challenge faced today by kids (and by their parents).”
There were seven strong nominations from the audience:
- Peer Pressure
- Excessive Technology and Gadgets
- Drugs and Substance Abuse
- Sexual Experimentation
- Sibling Rivalry
Then we gave everyone a chance to vote—just one vote each—for the single greatest challenge that parents (and kids) face in today’s world. Today is your chance to vote, too—by taking the reader poll below.
It’s interesting to look at the list and think about which challenges have always existed and which are new (or greater) to this generation of kids.
Certainly peer pressure is a problem that kids have faced forever. But is the kind of pressure and its intensity greater today than ever?
No. 2 is clearly new isn’t it? Perhaps the problem