Parenting Blog

Kids want respect. How can kids get that respect from adults? They need to understand what words adults can hear, and what words shut them down. Every adult has certain preferences – one of my sons’ teachers requires kids to speak loudly, one can’t stand it. Another wants kids who say ma’am, another doesn’t like […]
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“But I don’t want to!” How many times have you given a child a gift or tried to interest her in an activity or game, only to hear these words? Kids often like the idea of something new a lot more than the reality. Why are new things hard? It looked better on someone else’s […]
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Want to change a behavior in your home? I often find myself wishing I had a magic wand to change behavior. It would be so much easier, right? The truth is, though, that each of us is an expert in behavior change for our own kids. No one knows better than you what will motivate […]
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I have a 4-year-old boy who argues and defies us constantly. He screams, bosses his little brother around, answers-back, tries to take control all the time and can become very agressive verbally and emotionally (although never physically). We’re stuck because we feel like we give him clear boundaries, we’re very consistent with our consequences. We […]
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How can I tell my child… I’ve been asked often about explaining tragedies to kids. But sometimes we have to tell our children something hard that isn’t on the news, something that only matters to our own family. Divorce, abandonment, death, deployment, unemployment… There are, sadly, tons of hard things we may have to explain […]
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