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The Parent Show

Pardon My Parenting: Episode 3

POSTED ON 01/25/12
In This Episode

In the third of five segments, Anna Post, the great-great granddaughter of etiquette empress Emily Post shares insight on the modern day rules of respect at restaurants, and gives bite-sized tips on how to facilitate appropriate dining development of children. Get the dish on making family dining a delightful experience!

Family Dining




  • Alana

    There are plenty of people who like to practice–in fact, LOVE to practice. Passion music and your instrument (the cello in my case) and the successes of daily goal-oriented practice keeps me coming back.

  • Alana

    Passion *for* music….typo!

  • Viktoria Kaposi

    Hi, I like your comment so much…. I am passionate about music and about my son. I believe in my child and the power of music.

  • Viktoria Kaposi

    I also took my 6 yo son to the concert of the “Recycling Orchestra”. These kids were not pressed to practice i think at all…. They have just got TIME and OPPORTUNITY to DISCOVER what music can do…

    http://www.treehugger.com/culture/orchestra-paraguay-makes-beautiful-music-trash.html

  • Dawn Farry

    I’ve had success when students have a friend also studying with me. Besides an aura of competition in becoming skillful and encouraging one another, duets between the two are especially helpful in motivating practice at home. Accountability! Also, it’s imperative that the student leave their lessons with a clear understanding of what and how to practice their week’s assignment. Recording repertoire as an aid in accomplishing the piece more easily is also helpful and students are more eager to get after it as a result of listening. Recitals are also motivators for practicing. Lastly, sit with you student now and then when they practice (it can feel alienating at the piano alone, FYI). Ask your student to show you what they are learning and ask them to teach you! Make it a fun, interesting, connecting time for the two of you by playing easy duets, singing together to song repertoire, composing and improvising in a serious manner or just for the fun of it! Be an example of discipline yourself and praise your child for their practice time and accomplishments along the way. Hugs, smiles and “high fives” go a long way and perhaps, further than video game or tv time. :)

  • CP

    Some kids just need to fail, in order to help them to decide what they want from life.
    You could just sit down with her and ask her what HER goals for her life are. Maybe she has already learned everything she needs to learn form this process, maybe she needs a different musical direction or a different instrument or to learn to write music. The point is to listen. and HEAR what they are saying. Maybe she’d like to explore new things and take a break from band for a year. to find something she really does want to work hard at.




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