Character Corner: Forbearance/Self-Control — musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Forbearance/Self-Control — musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Jan’s first son, Anton, is an amicable, even keeled little guy.  In group situations he tends to spend time on the edges observing before he joins in.  As a toddler he was oddly self-controlled.  After a simple explanation or two, he gave up his attempts to explore the china cupboard, the toilet, and other objects […]

Character Corner: Honesty — musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Honesty — musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Laura remembers feeling humiliated when, as a child, she was caught in a lie.  But her daughter Julie, age eight, seems almost indifferent when confronted with evidence that she has been dishonest. Last week, for example, Julie went to her friend Anna’s house two doors down without permission.  She turned up home an hour later, […]

Character Corner: Humor — musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Humor — musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

At age 8, Helen was stubborn.  Any criticism was met with a defensive retort and she needed the last word in every argument.  Her mother Gena was not looking forward to adolescence.  To her surprise, things got easier rather than harder as Helen entered her teen years.  The big difference?  Helen developed a wry sense […]

Character Corner: Moderation– musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Moderation– musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Marlies, at age thirty-two, has a hard time liking her body.  She has struggled over the years with cycles of binge eating and dieting.  Finally, a few years before her kids were born she settled into an uneasy equilibrium.  Her truce with herself means that she doesn’t buy sweets and otherwise tries not to think […]

Character Corner: Objectivity– musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Objectivity– musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Ophelia takes care of her neighbor Anne’s four-year-old son Joey along with her own son Brian, also four.  The two boys squabble a lot, and sometimes their fights get physical. Yesterday Brian came screaming into her room with scratch marks bleeding on his face and Joey hot on his heels.  Joey was yelling that Brian […]

Character Corner: Openness– musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Openness– musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Orleana has always said that she wants her kids, Peter and Edwin, to be curious open minded citizens of the world.  Even though they are only three and five, she exposes them to the rich diversity of our human heritage.  She brings home folktales and real life stories from other countries.  She takes the boys […]

Character Corner: Orderliness– musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Orderliness– musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Oscar and Janet have been trying for years to find the right balance in their housekeeping. Janet’s mother had a hoarding disorder, and clutter drives her nuts.  When she gets home from a long day in her family practice clinic, she wants to walk into a place that feels put together and serene. Oscar gets […]

Character Corner: Compassion – musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Compassion – musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

What is compassion? Tommy is only two, but when his little neighbor Annie bonked her head and began to cry, he began to cry too.  Then he offered her the shabby stuffed sheep he often carries around.   Compassion is that mysterious capacity within each of us that makes it possible for the suffering that […]

Character Corner: Balance — weekly musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Balance — weekly musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Twelve-year-old Annie gets straight A’s– at a cost.  She hurries away from the table after dinner, misses out on time with friends, and finishes each week exhausted.  Her parents love her work ethic and curiosity, but they think a different balance would make her happier in the long run.   What is Balance? Balance recognizes that many […]

Character Corner: Acceptance — weekly musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Acceptance — weekly musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Ten year old Janie discovered a lump on her guinea pig, Panda.   She showed her mother, Ann, and they took the guinea pig to the vet, who told them that it might or might not be cancer and that surgery would cost $600. Back at home, Ann said, “We will do our best to make […]