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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1991
Maintains that adults can improve the quality of their lives by working to help meet children's needs. This can be done by advocating and legislating for children, and by donating time, energy, and financial resources to children. (BB)
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Adults, Child Advocacy, Childhood Needs
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1988
Addresses the pressures of early academic learning among young children and presents parents with three guidelines for pursuing early learning experiences: readiness, observation, and options. (BB)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Experience, Educational Opportunities, Guidelines
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1990
Provides advice to single parents on ways to help their preadolescent children get in touch with their feelings and prepare for positive life experiences. The advice is highlighted with a case study. (BB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Coping, Divorce, Emotional Development
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1989
Maintains that preschool and kindergarten curricula should encourage experiential learning, and not just formal academic education. (BB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Educational Change, Experiential Learning, Kindergarten
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1988
Suggests steps that parents (in particular), teachers, and other adults can take to help relieve children's stress and to help children cope with stress at home and in school. (BB)
Descriptors: Achievement Need, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Guidelines
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1992
Discusses how parents can discipline their children successfully. Distinguishes between punishment, permissiveness, and discipline. Provides parents with guidelines on positive steps in disciplining their children with practices that are appropriate to the child's age and developmental level, especially infants, toddlers, and preschool children.…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Child Rearing, Discipline, Family Environment
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1991
Offers guidelines for use in questioning children about incidents of sexual abuse. Guidelines concern children's cognitive capabilities, social and emotional responses, and language abilities. Includes the story of a 4.5-year-old girl who was questioned in court. (BB)
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Case Studies, Child Abuse, Cognitive Ability
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1990
Discusses major changes in society and family life that disrupt the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren. These changes include separation by distance, divorce, death, or grandparents' choice. Maintains grandchildren can benefit from close contact with grandparents in terms of shared experiences. (BB)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Death, Divorce, Family Characteristics
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1990
Discusses five myths associated with parents' giving praise or positive feedback to their children. Myths are children thrive on praise; praise increases a child's self-confidence; lavish praise is not addictive; praise motivates children; and parents should practice withholding praise to toughen up children. (BB)
Descriptors: Achievement Need, Motivation Techniques, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Materials
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1989
Offers parents and teachers suggestions on ways to help preadolescents develop positive self-esteem. A case study illustrates students' need for self-esteem. (BB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Students, Feedback, Higher Education