They Know Where You Came From

2018-07-17T15:59:25+00:00

By Peggy McGinnis On the day I was born, three siblings greeted me: my 15-year-old sister and 13-year-old and 11-year-old brothers. I joked that I grew up as an only child with three siblings. By

They Know Where You Came From 2018-07-17T15:59:25+00:00

A Returning Student Brings Summertime Blues

2015-05-18T19:03:35+00:00

Q: My 18-year-old daughter has finished her freshman year of college. While it’s been a good year, she’s become rather distant in her relationship with us. We have good conversations sometimes, but most of the

A Returning Student Brings Summertime Blues 2015-05-18T19:03:35+00:00

A Snapping Teen Turtle

2018-07-17T15:56:59+00:00

Q: What should we do about a snappish teen? What used to be a rare occurrence is now more common than not. We’ll ask a normal question and she will bark back an answer like

A Snapping Teen Turtle 2018-07-17T15:56:59+00:00

Revolving Door at Bedtime

2015-05-01T21:39:48+00:00

Q: Our nine-year-old won’t stay in his room. He’ll be in and out, to use the bathroom, get a drink, and other excuses. He also has been reading after lights-out, hiding his reading by using

Revolving Door at Bedtime 2015-05-01T21:39:48+00:00

The Lettuce Contest

2018-07-17T15:59:26+00:00

By Carole Brown I was a 1½ older than my brother so being “the boss” came natural . . . or maybe I was just the “pushy” type. Whatever the case, we were constantly striving

The Lettuce Contest 2018-07-17T15:59:26+00:00

A Love of Money

2015-04-25T22:03:29+00:00

Q: I need some guidance on allowance. My 9-year-old has always been Mr. Money. He loves it and will do anything to get it—and then spends it at the first opportunity. Granted, he is very

A Love of Money 2015-04-25T22:03:29+00:00

Crime and Punishment

2015-05-12T16:16:42+00:00

I’m often asked by parents whether the punishment should fit the crime. In other words, should a child’s punishment for a misbehavior have some sort of correlation, some connection, with that misbehavior? The simple answer

Crime and Punishment 2015-05-12T16:16:42+00:00

Raising Readers

2015-04-24T21:06:47+00:00

Parents frequently ask me reading-related questions. Some want to know how to encourage reading in their child, while others are wrestling with what to allow their child to read, especially if that child reads above

Raising Readers 2015-04-24T21:06:47+00:00

When the Companion’s Invisible

2015-04-08T00:01:00+00:00

Q: My 4-year-old daughter has an imaginary friend called Buster. She talks to Buster, plays with Buster, insists that Buster sit at the table with her, etc. Sometimes, she expects me to talk to Buster

When the Companion’s Invisible 2015-04-08T00:01:00+00:00

Parenting According to Vicki Hoefle, Part Two

2015-03-27T21:12:27+00:00

I recently spoke with Vicki Hoefle, professional parent educator, author of Duct Tape Parenting, and national speaker, about parenting. Her new book, The Straight Talk on Parenting; A No-Nonsense Approach on How to Grow a

Parenting According to Vicki Hoefle, Part Two 2015-03-27T21:12:27+00:00