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The “terrible twos” is not just a myth.

Somewhere around two years of age, every child struggles with wanting independence and the fear that she might really get it!

Watch a temper tantrum unfold.

When tantrums first erupt, they’re often an expression of frustration since most 2-year-olds don’t have words to express what they’re feeling.

What can parents do?

Help her learn to calm herself.

  • Acknowledge your child’s feelings.
  • Identify the cause and move her beyond it.
  • Leave her alone in a safe space so she can soothe herself.
  • Once she’s settled herself, respond with warmth, caring and reassurance that she’s loved.

What women want

Women now drive the world economy. So says a new Harvard Business Review article by Michael J. Silverstein and Kate Sayre that profiles the female economy and marketers’ lack of attention to this growing market.

Women represent the world’s largest, fastest-growing market, they say…a bigger opportunity than China and India combined. Yet few companies do their homework when it comes to analyzing this target market. If they did, they might have found what Silverstein and Sayre did: women feel underserved, undervalued and underestimated in the workplace. They juggle demands of work/home/family/parenting with little support from their employers.

Constance Van Flandern turned the spotlight on Alpha Moms, those educated, tech-savvy, Type A moms focused on raising the brightest kids, in a 2007 article in USA Today. Alpha Moms are skills multi-taskers, but even they tap into the support network of Parents as Teachers.

“My parent educator helped me see my child through a different lens,” one over-extended mom said. “What I saw as behavior problems she helped me see as my child’s unique social skills and strengths. I didn’t have time before; now I make time.”

Parents as Teachers is one simple, low-cost, innovative way for companies to support their parenting employees through parent education. Any creative company can easily find ways to provide its employees with Parents as Teachers services through corporate programs, on-site child care centers, company-funded mobile parenting vans, or even company sponsored personal visits with certified parent educators.

Working women will soon outnumber working men in America. Many of them will be  looking for help to create a better balance between work and family. (You can take an abridged version of the Silverstein/Sayre survey yourself at www.womenspeakworldwide.com.)

What a wonderful Parents as Teachers weekend

It started off with a visit to St. Louis by a family member from Nashville, Tenn.

Deb works for the YouthLinks serving at-risk teens and young adults in Wilson County. About three years ago during a conversation about the work we do, I told Deb about Parents as Teachers. The model resonated with her as there was no support group like this for anyone in the county and the need was tremendous. The program would fill a viable gap in the community, she said. I later sent her a packet of information.  What a delight to hear over pizza Friday night that the simple act of sharing information led to the establishment of the first Parents as Teachers program in Wilson County!

Thanks, Deb, for getting our Parents as Teachers information into the right hands. You’re the BEST!

What else made it a Parents as Teachers weekend? I had an opportunity to talk to proud new parents on my street, Jessica and Nick. They welcomed Lydia into the world 6 weeks ago and Jessica was going back to work. Thinking she might like the support, I asked her if she heard of Parents as Teachers. She did and was thinking about joining but didn’t know how to start. After directing her to the Parents as Teachers National Center web site, I gathered some information to share with her later in the week. But Jessica beat me to it…she called that very same day and joined her Parents as Teachers program, eager to begin. 

It’s a great feeling to make those kinds of connections, knowing how new parents appreciate the support and knowledge to be the best parents they can be. It’s what we all want, right?

With the upcoming national elections, I find I have a renewed sense of excitement about Parents as Teachers and work we do here at the National Center. The random debates and friendly banter among family, friends and neighbors around this time of the year has given me the excuse to talk about Parents as Teachers and educate them about early childhood and parenting support issues, something most people my age aren’t even thinking about as they are putting their kids through college. The betterment of our families, young children and communities is everyone’s issue.

To this end, here are two pieces of information that might be useful for when you have the opportunity to share information about early childhood development and parenting support issues during this election:

Barack Obama’s Plan for Lifetime Success Through Education

McCain/Palan Early Childhood Education