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Deborah Song

Deborah Song is a Los Angeles-based writer and the mother of two girls. She received her master’s in journalism from New York University and writes about parenting, business and kid entrepreneurship. You can read more of her work at lemonadepost.com.

Articles by Deborah

10 Ways Kids Can Make Money This Summer

School’s out but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Taking a break from the classroom is a good opportunity to inch your child closer to the real world by hosting a sale. Your child can discover his inner entrepreneur and learn some essential money management skills in the process. Plus it could be a ton of fun for kids! Remember, kids love doing adult work.

How to Nurture Emotional IQ in Highly Sensitive Children

My highly sensitive child is graduating kindergarten in a couple of days. The once hesitant learner has become an active participant in class and leader within her peers. Inherent in her growth, has been her ability to better communicate and command her emotions, which has really diffused the need for tantrums and other emotional outbursts. But lately, she’s regressed as she often does when her grandparents visit for the summer.

Increase Vocabulary, Increase Emotional IQ

Before your child can talk about his problems and feelings, he needs an emotional vocabulary. Simply teaching your child how to label what he is feeling will empower him to talk about his feelings, which will lead to solutions. Here are 10 emotions your child can add to his emotional word bank.

Are Your Children Playing Enough in Preschool?

Kindergarten is not what it used to be. Much of the exploratory playtime of yore is being replaced with rigid academic learning. And the pressure to meet new kindergarten standards is having a trickle-down effect on many preschools. Preschools all over the country are trading in their sensory tables of sand and water or dramatic play areas with writing centers and a curriculum that expects preschoolers to sit still and focus.

8 Ways to Teach Your Child the Art of Conversation

Knowing how to make small talk ranked as one of the most important skills in retaining and getting a job in a recent study. Not to mention that many colleges interview their candidates as well. And with many private schools vetting their candidates as early as kindergarten, good conversational skills is proving to come in handy at a much earlier age than we thought.

5 Facts and Activities to Help Teach Your Child About the Significance of Memorial Day

Memorial Day may be known by many as the holiday that kicks off summer, but it’s important to teach our kids and help them remember that Memorial Day means much more than just a fun pool-side barbecue or even sending quality time with our loved ones.

How to Enjoy the Journey of Parenting

The enormous responsibility of parenting can make us too focused on reaching goals, which robs us off opportunities to enjoy the journey. We obviously want our kids to become responsible, law-abiding citizens with good jobs, a good family and a good home.

A Fill-in-the-Blank Questionnaire Makes for a Great Mother’s Day Card Alternative

Ditch the traditional card this Mother’s Day and engage your child in a fun fill-in-the-blank activity instead.

5 Tips for Raising a Confident Child

Confidence is one of those qualities easier spotted than defined. I recently spotted confidence so unequivocally in a 16-year-old, it left me pondering what confidence really was. What made Shreyas Parab, an accomplished yet down-to-earth kid, pursue such ambitious endeavors at such a young age?

When Kids Have Allergies (The things people don’t know about having a child with allergies)

Almost everyone I know seems to have some form of allergy or another. Fortunately, most allergies are nothing more than a nuisance. Other more serious allergies, however, can be debilitating, keeping some kids from ever playing sports on a field. And some allergies still can be life threatening, like my friend’s son who has a fatal peanut allergy.

What Does a Confident Kid Look Like?

Shreyas Parab is the founder and CEO of Novel Tie, a tie company creating witty and silly ties. His ties not only help uniform-bound students, as well as the young-at-heart add flare and individuality to restrictive dress codes, but Shreyas founded Novel Tie on the notion that a funny tie could start conversations for you.

Why You Shouldn’t Trap Your Kids in Busyness

The art of staying busy requires the modern parent to book play dates, enroll kids in classes, make sure they practice their instruments, sign them up for an extracurricular sport or maybe two, leaving very little room on the weekend for kids to sleep in and relax, and almost zero idle time on the weekdays when our kids’ schedules are also competing with homework.

Why Kids with Hobbies Thrive in School

When researchers sought out to understand why some inner city kids thrived academically, they discovered that more often than not, students who performed well had an “identity project.” Identity projects, as described by researchers Stefanie DeLuca, Susan Clampet-Lundquist, and Kathryn Pedin in their book Coming of Age in the Other America, are hobbies students pursued passionately. They ranged from Japanese anime, to dance, to even rearing pigeons.

Gift Trust This Valentine’s Day

We’re careful about whom we give our trust to and how we dole it out. But when it comes to trust and our children, there’s a catch-22. Because trust is a lot like love: you can’t give it unless you’ve received it. It’s the job of parents to trust their children.

How to help your Kids Chart Success for the New Year

Many parents struggle to find effective consequences while overlooking the benefits of using rewards. Positive reinforcement is a proactive way to encourage good behavior, and one that can be easily accomplished by using charts.

Should You Give Your Child Allowance?

Ryan is financially savvy, you could say. When he discovered that his mom had taken a hundred dollar bill from his wallet, he immediately demanded she pay him back – with interest.

Q&A With the Kayla Cares 4 Kids Founder, Kayla Abramowitz

Kayla Abramowitz is the founder of Kayla Cares 4 Kids, a Nonprofit organization that donates entertainment and educational items to children’s hospitals across the country. The idea to provide entertainment relief to hospital-bound kids came to Kayla when she was just 11 years old, after extended hospital stays of her own.

8 Ways to Help your Child Fight Peer Pressure

Peer pressure is one of the most formidable struggles in a young person’s life. Kids — and adults — succumb to peer pressure because the prospect of facing humiliation, rejection and alienation seems worse than compromising their values, and even their safety.

8 Ways to Raise a Socially Conscious Child

Helping children become socially conscious is not about raising the next generation of activists, though some may grow up to dedicate their lives fighting unjust causes. It’s about raising kids to become compassionate leaders at work, involved members of their community, dependable friends at school, and caring brothers and sisters at home.

9 Life Skills Every Child Should Learn

Developing crucial life skills can mean the difference between seizing an opportunity and missing one, caving into peer pressure and standing up for what you believe in, and living the life you’ve always wanted versus the one someone else wanted you to live.
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