Posts Tagged: choices

“Do you work?”

When I think of May, I think of Mother’s Day. Have you ever been at a social gathering and someone inquires, “Do you work?” My gut reaction is, of course I work. Doesn’t every mom work? But I also know the inquirer really wants to know if I hold an important job that requires a…

Preschoolers and Choices

As a college professor, I chose what committees I happily wanted to serve on. If the college dictated which committees I must be on, I wouldn’t have been happy. What about you? Do you serve well if you have choices or have choices made for you? Our preschoolers are no different. They too like to…

Let’s Make a Deal

All of us have situations in which there aren’t any choices, like work requirements. Children need to learn that they don’t always have a choice. Sometimes decisions are made by parents or other adults. Safety Reasons For example, parents are responsible for their children’s safety. Dr. Sue Grossman, Assistant Professor at Eastern Michigan reminds parents…

Is Your Child a Quitter?

Do you wonder if your child is a quitter? Does it seem like your son or daughter begin something gung ho and then loses interest?  Parents can help prevent children from quitting by teaching their children decision making skills and follow through. When our six-year-old daughter wanted to play soccer, we discussed with her what…

Choices: Fast Food or Leftovers?

While reading the latest magazine and waiting for an x-ray at the busy clinic, an eight-year-old girl with dark eyes and a curly brown ponytail catches my attention. Anything is more interesting than a magazine a few years old that no one has bothered to steal yet. The girl whispers a secret in her friend’s…

At What Age?

  At what age will you allow your children to DECIDE… the condition of their bedroom? the clothes they wear? their hairstyle? what television shows they view? the music they listen to? the movies they see? the friends they choose? pack their clothes for a trip? how often they use their phone & texting? what…

Teens & Money: Designer Jeans, Coupons and Budgets

by Dr. Marian C. Fritzemeier, Ed.D. “Why do we always have to use a coupon to buy clothes?” laments my eleven-year-old daughter. “I want them today.” “You know we have a clothing budget. We can get more for our money if we wait until the item is on sale and we have a coupon,” I try…

“Something New” Hope Street: My Journey

By Dr. Marian Fritzemeier, Ed.D. © 2013 On October 5th, 2013 I’m going to do something I’ve never done before. For several months I’ve been exercising twice a week and doing some bike riding. My husband and I ride on some bike paths, but mostly I ride in our neighborhood by myself. Well, almost by…