Parenting Blog

I love Halloween. The decorations, the costumes, the neighborhood-ness of tromping around and talking to people we usually mostly just wave at all leave me with a great warm feeling. Which is really a feat, since most Halloweens where we live are so cold you throw a coat on over the costume, unless you are […]
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It’s OK to pee alone. When our children are small, but not so small they can be stuck in a crib for 2 minutes, they often want to follow us everywhere. Every. Where. When – and how – is it OK to leave them to play for a minute and shut the bathroom door? How […]
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Thursday 23rd Oct 2014

elementary school age

I would love to know what an appropriate punishment is for a sassy 10 year old. My daughter is generally a great kid, but she has started being really mean to her 6 year old brother as well as being very dismissive toward any suggestions by me or things I ask her to do. When […]
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Friday 17th Oct 2014


It’s Teen Driver Safety Week. Do you love a teen who is driving, or will be soon? I was asked by to create this video about how we can help teens drive more safely. I’m thrilled at the opportunity because, more than illness, or drugs or any other poor decision kids can make (and […]
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I’m having a tough time accepting my step daughter. My wife and I will be married for a year this October. The transition to teaching manners and respect has been slightly dismal. We want to embed gratitude, understanding consequences and how to be an overall good person. What can I do to accept her and […]
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