Red-Hot Parenting Recap: October 2012

Each month, I’m stepping back and reflecting on themes that stand out. This past month, three themes continue to grab my attention: 

CHARACTER AND SUCCESS

The large public fall from grace of Lance Armstrong this month prompted me to reflect upon how important it is that we emphasize character as a goal of development, and not just success:

http://www.parents.com/blogs/red-hot-parenting/2012/10/19/health/the-lance-armstrong-situation-talking-to-your-kid-about-achievement-and-character/

PLAY

Play often makes the list these days. And this month, I shared practical guidelines for just how much play —especially vigorous play—toddlers should be getting, both at home and at child-care settings:

http://www.parents.com/blogs/red-hot-parenting/2012/10/18/health/does-your-toddler-get-3-hours-a-day-of-physical-activity/

YOUR KID’S FRIEND’S PARENTS

The phrase doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but the fact is that your kid not only selects friends as they get older—they also indirectly select other parents that may influence them. In fact, they might be a strong influence on whether or not your kid uses drugs:

http://www.parents.com/blogs/red-hot-parenting/2012/10/26/health/is-teen-drug-use-influenced-by-their-friends-parents/

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