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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1991
Suggests that, if parents are to raise respectful children, they must respect children as they are, have realistic expectations for family life in the 1990s, and be honest with their children and themselves. (BC)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Commercial Television, Family Life, Modeling (Psychology)
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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
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1988
Explains the benefits of pet ownership for young children. (SKC)
Descriptors: Child Responsibility, Children, Pets, Self Esteem