Position: Patient Parenting

Email: mmm@bresnan.net

About: Martha McClellan has been a developmental educator in early childhood for 38 years. She has moved her focus now to the other end of life, and has written the book, The Aging Athlete: What We Do to Stay in the Game.

Explaining reasons for divorce can help adult children of families that split

My 40-year-old son is having some issues with his father. He is working through them, and they will be resolved, but it’s made me realize that a decision I made 35 years ago is affecting my son...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2010 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

Expect children to be crabby with onset of daylight saving time

It happens in the middle of the night once a year, and it can affect you and your children for several days.Welcome to daylight saving time, which happened last night, if you didn't already know....

DATE: March 14, 2010 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

View 'hot toy' lists with caution: Basics are the best

The toy season is upon us again. There are so many toys and advertisements.I've also noticed lists this year: The Top 10 Toys, The Hottest Toys, The Worst Toys, The Most Dangerous Toys, The...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

Spanking children has negative effects

Someone recently asked me what I thought of spanking children."Just a light tap on the bottom, to change the energy," he said.I felt confused. I totally understand where he's coming from, and how a...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

Teenagers find flow tubing on Animas

With so much controversy lately about kids and the river, I thought I'd chime in.I canoed down a couple of hot Sundays ago, and was privy to a wonderful observation of adolescents.As we paddled...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

Parenting with patience has long-term rewards

This column is 4 years old. I named it "Patient Parenting" because, above all else, if we have patience, we can be better parents.The dictionary says, "Patience is the state of endurance under...

DATE: June 28, 2009 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

Personality differences provide cues to manage sibling rivalry

In November, this column focused on the advantages of having siblings: bonding, solidarity and unconditional love and support.In March, it addressed sibling rivalry and the importance of children...

DATE: May 10, 2009 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

Community to celebrate Week of Young Child

La Plata County is coming together this week for the Week of the Young Child, today through Saturday.We want to focus on the needs of our young children and their families, and to recognize the...

DATE: April 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

Rivalry offers lessons for parents, children

In November, I wrote about the advantages of having siblings: bonding, solidarity, unconditional love and support.Now, my second grandchild is about to be born, and I'm wondering if sibling rivalry...

DATE: March 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting

Teach abundance over money hunger

I think all of us are rethinking how we spend money these days.It makes us really ask ourselves what's important, how to be creative with what we have and, as a result, what our relationship to...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Patient Parenting