Daughter's weight more important than size

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist A few days ago, my eight year old daughter Luisa burst into tears at the mall and told me that she’s too big. Luisa knows that she’s overweight, and when she tried on some outfits at the store, none of them flattered her figure. She was crushed and through […]

Rejection hard regardless of age

Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s hard to accept rejections. For children, first rejections are even more painful because they become aware that the outside world can be a tough place, and they may not get what they want when they want it. It also shows them that mommy or daddy can’t make it better. This week […]

It’s never too early to learn character

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist My daughter Luisa recently came home from kindergarten upset because she had been sent to the “time-out table” at lunch. At Luisa’s school, three lunch ladies supervise the cafeteria and do their best to handle dozens of children who are supposed to eat quietly and act in a civilized manner. […]

Children learn values early in life

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Children are precocious in this day and age. Information is just as readily available to them as it is to us, and kids grow up faster than we would like. A few days ago, my oldest daughter Luisa — who is almost 6 years old — came home from school with […]

Consistency key to good parenting skills

By Anita Doberman; PNT columnist Lately, my oldest daughter, Luisa, has been testing my ability to be a consistent parent. Every night, she asks to come in my bed when her younger sisters are asleep. I have allowed her to do so on occasions, but since my husband’s deployment her requests have increased in duration […]

Dealing with the stresses of moving

By Anita Doberman: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Experts say moving is one of the most stressful events in someone’s life. If that’s true, it’s a miracle my husband and I made it as long as we have. Like many military families, we have moved around; six times in five years to be accurate. If you have […]