Martha McClellan

Position: Patient Parenting

Email: mmm@bresnan.net

Jumping from early childhood to aging adulthood

I write to learn. I feel that if I can write about something, I really know it. My Patient Parenting columns have always been about a topic I’ve been interested in or a suggestion or request...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2016 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

Parents: Take care to make all children feel special

I know a very sweet family that includes an 8-year-old girl who may be exceptionally gifted. (I personally believe all children are gifted in some way.) This little girl excels in school, reads way...

DATE: June 7, 2014 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

Moms, know that you are doing an incredibly important thing

What does it mean to be a mother? How has it changed our lives and what would things be like if we hadn’t had children? It is a huge choice to have children and one not made lightly, as least...

DATE: May 10, 2014 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

When it comes to education, is universal preschool a good thing?

Universal preschool is currently a very hot issue in Washington. President Barack Obama’s goal is to have every 4 year old in the country enrolled in preschool, a $75 billion project. It’s a...

DATE: March 8, 2014 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

Love shown early in childhood is critical to aging adults

Many of us who are aging into the last third of our lives are trying to age well. In some recent research, I ran across an interesting study, known as the Harvard Grant Study. This is the longest...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2014 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

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Review: Solutions to parenting issues today

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet (1923) In 2003, Robert Shaw, M.D., wrote a book called The Epidemic: Raising Secure, Loving,...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2014 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

This holiday season, spend time reading children’s books

Patient Parenting for December is always about toys for the holidays. In my research this year, however, I felt so disappointed by the plastic, electronic and lack of any creativity in the toys,...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2013 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

Practices and routines are perfect for the winter months

The return to Mountain Standard Time with its early evenings and the cooler temperatures and freezing nights have turned us all more indoors. It’s time for indoor projects, routines and it’s the...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2013 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

The challenges of parenting kids with gay, lesbian tendencies

This topic is appearing more and more in the press these days, and I find it fascinating that there should be a different paradigm as to how we treat our children. Parents are noticing homosexual...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2013 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

How often we eat may be as important as what we eat

There was an interesting article out recently by Ari LeVaux about eating. He wrote that the timing of meals, when you eat, can be as important as what you eat or how much. The advice to have five...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2013 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

Number of local families that need child care staggering

I recently had the opportunity to fill in for the director of the new child care center on Florida Road. It was fun to be in the beautiful new building, get to know the families enrolled there, see...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2013 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

Summer is the perfect time to relax and slow down

I’ve been running into many families with young children this summer, at Trimble, downtown, at the farmers market, at the river and everywhere. It’s summer! People are all out and about, enjoying...

DATE: July 13, 2013 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

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