Our long term goal as parents is to raise independent, productive adults. We want our children to be able to grow up, move away and function well on their own. Giving children choices develops their internal voice and their decision making process. Kids who know how to make good decisions have fewer problems in life and more successful outcomes.Read more
The problem with “parenting experts” and parenting books is that every kid is different, and general advice often does not work with specific kids!Read more
Like sardines in a can, we crammed ourselves into a shuttle bus and journeyed from the ballpark back to our car. I was quietly grateful my husband and I and our four young children all managed to get a seat; I didn’t think the kids had the energy to stand up for the bus ride (or that I had the energy to hold them).Read more
While scrambling eggs over the stove, I listened in on my son telling my daughter about the surprise left under his pillow.
At 7 1/2 years old, my son has waited for ages for wiggly teeth. The night before, he lost not one, but two of his bottom front teeth.Read more
What is the best thing in the world? The very best thing? What is the ultimate blessing, the greatest privilege on earth?
Some would say wealth, some health, some fame, some would choose longevity.Read more
Do you worry about your child’s emotional and mental health? Worry no longer.
Here are eight suggestions that will nearly guarantee your child will suffer from poor mental health, strained family relationships, poor peer relationships, low self-esteem and chronic emotional problems throughout his or her life.Read more
Yesterday I watched my tween daughter cry and couldn’t do anything about it.
When she was little, eliciting a smile or solving her problem was as simple as a tickle attack or an ice cream sundae.Read more
The only source of knowledge is experience. – Einstein
Being a “good parent” usually means being involved in your child’s life and “doing” things for your child, like volunteering in school, attending their sporting events, and teaching them values and skills.Read more
Allowance or no allowance, that is the question! Parents have been debating how to teach their children about handling money for centuries.Read more
Here are the five best reasons to get a divorce:Read more