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What to Say When You Don’t Know WHAT to Say to Your Kids

What to Say When You Don’t Know WHAT to Say to Your Kids

Sometimes, our kids come to us with big problems. Big worries. Big confessions or difficult questions.  In a perfect world, we would have all of the answers. We’d know exactly how to respond and we’d say it with the ideal inflection and corresponding body language. But, in reality, big topics often turn into disastrous conversations… Continue Reading

Discipline: Teaching Through Love Instead of Fear

Discipline: Teaching Through Love Instead of Fear

“However we treat the child, the child will treat the world.” – Pam Leo Can you imagine threatening your partner or good friend by counting “One… two… three…” if he or she did not do what you wanted? One of the big issues in schools today is “bullying.” Parents and teachers struggle daily with how… Continue Reading

What To Do When Your Discipline Strategy Stops Working

What To Do When Your Discipline Strategy Stops Working

I’ve tried it all! I’ve done gold star rewards. I have tried fun prizes as bribes. We’ve done fun fuzzy pom-pom jars. And lots of yelling. Begging. Taking away screens, sweets and toys. Everything works for about two days. if I’m lucky a week.  And then we are back to square one. I’m tired. And my kids… Continue Reading

Positive Discipline for Attention Seeking Behaviors

Positive Discipline for Attention Seeking Behaviors

You’re feeling annoyed. Your child keeps bothering you with the same behavior. “Stop!” you huff for the tenth time, but it happens again. Why can’t my child just listen to me, you think. You’re confused as to the reason your child would continue to do something over and over again when you’ve made it clear that… Continue Reading

Why Your Presence is What Your Child Needs To Thrive

Why Your Presence is What Your Child Needs To Thrive

The Importance of Quality Time With Kids It’s easy to think that video games, new clothes and ice cream cones are the way to a child’s heart. Parents often mistake a child’s longing for toys or begging for snacks as their way of saying what’s important. Some kids act out, whine or cry, other kids… Continue Reading

9 Respectful Ways To Stay Involved In Your Teen’s Life

9 Respectful Ways To Stay Involved In Your Teen’s Life

Snooping or Shaming Teens Will Not Give You More Control or Respect: Here is What Will. Teens…One minute they want all of our attention, and the next they want nothing to do with us. What happened to my open, sometimes clingy son? He used to share everything with me. He became secretive and elusive. My questions… Continue Reading

Positive Parenting Isn’t Perfect Parenting and That’s OK

Positive Parenting Isn’t Perfect Parenting and That’s OK

While I would love to implement patient, consistent positive strategies all of the time, I realize that I am not perfect. My kids are not perfect. My life is not perfect. It was only recently that I started to see that the road to positive parenting is not a smooth, paved path. Instead, it is rocky and uneven. There are some advantages to traveling this rocky road. Continue Reading