Tag Archives: Dr. Keith Kanner

Is Summer Really Over Already?

13 Jul

I hate this time of year! It’s still summer, but school starts in four weeks and in two weeks I have to get my kids back on a school schedule. I feel bipolar; let them enjoy summer or get them off to a good start at school.

Unfortunately for my kids, getting them ready for school will be a priority in our house starting at the beginning of August. However, the next two weeks are actually going to be the hardest of the whole process. It takes me weeks of training to begin toughening up my inner self. What for, you ask? Well, two teenagers that love to stay up late and sleep in even later and a tween who thinks she’s a teenager but gets up early would be the three reasons. The fussing, arguing and yelling at me because they’re tired, and I woke them up early, is why I’m going into training.

As a former teacher, I know the importance of kids being ready for the beginning of school. As a parent, I know my kids won’t be ready for school if they keep up this sleep schedule.

Over the next few weeks, my blogs will cover simple strategies and fun activities on how to get your kids ready for a successful new school year. Also, Dr. Keith Kanner will be a guest blogger on the same topic. You’ll love both of the blogs and will be completely equipped for back-to-school.

Celebrating Fathers

6 Jul

We know it’s past Father’s Day but this topic is always relevant. Our thanks to Dr. Keith Kanner for sharing his blog with us this week.

Many fathers never realize how important they are to the development of their children. Yet, as early as in Infancy, the father’s participation in the basic needs of a child have tremendous immediate as well as lasting effects. For example, when fathers help with holding, feeding, and soothing an infant, this experience provides the child with a sense of two, rather than a single caregiver. Here, the small child recognizes that not just one, but at least two caregivers are there to provide relief during stressful times and leads to the establishment of basic trust.

Once children enter the toddler years, the father’s presence and time with their young child helps them to better manage separation from mother in order to develop a better sense of self and ensure a more comfortable capacity to manage stress. Toddlers and pre-school children who have invested fathers, tend to be more successful tolerating change and adaptation and also tend to be more popular.

Because fathers tend to play differently with their kids – dads tend to be a bit more “physical” then moms in their quality of play, it assists both boys and girls to manage aggression better and not get as carried away when they play with their peers. This is due to the fact that most fathers will both have fun but also calm the waters when the play gets too rambunctious. This process then becomes internalized inside of the child.

By the time kids become school age, the father then helps boys and girls better understand gender difference. Here, when boys and girls become more identified with either being male or female, fathers help boys better understand what it feels like to be a boy and give them a direct reference model. As when moms provide the same for their daughters, the parent’s gender role is very helpful in helping kids feel comfortable about who they are and who they might become.

And then there is the tween and teen years where the father becomes a frequent buffer due the conflicts between mothers and both sexes as they attempt a more complete separation from moms on the road to greater autonomy. Of course he doesn’t take sides, he rather tries to better calm the waters.

Children who grow up without invested fathers sometimes develop a condition called “father hunger”. These children often experience significant problems with regulating aggression, making friends, and feeling comfortable identifying themselves as being “male”.

Taken together, the roles of fathers are vastly important in the lives of both boys and girls and the dads who enjoy this time and function experience the greatest joys in being a father and rejoicing in raising healthier children.

Dr. Keith Kanner

Anchor/Host Your Family Matters


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