Getting Concrete on Creative Consequences


The usual consequences don’t seem to be working for three rambunctious boys. This dad asks for suggestions on how to make consequences memorable enough for their three young boys, especially when those boys share a

Getting Concrete on Creative Consequences2019-12-24T20:55:00+00:00

Feeding Your Picky Eater (Episode 66)


“It's really, really frustrating when you are faced with a toddler or a child who doesn't want to eat. We've spent a lot of time making dinner, and we want to sit down and have a nice family dinner together,” Orlena said. “Our ideas are about our children eating healthily and nicely, and connecting with our kids, but the reality is hugely different. … [But] toddlers’ tastes change, and it's really normal to see what we call picky eating.”

Feeding Your Picky Eater (Episode 66)2019-12-04T01:42:16+00:00

A Hasty Word


Every parent has had at least one moment when frustration over a child’s misbehavior or inaction triggers an over-the-top consequence, like “you’re grounded until you turn 18” spoken to a five-year-old. I give this mom

A Hasty Word2019-12-24T20:52:24+00:00

How to Teach Your Child Grit (Episode 65)


“Grit is the quality in a person to stay committed to a goal even when it starts to get hard and boring,” Emirick said. “It’s the quality to see things through and to push through the hardness without getting turned off by hard work. .. The number-one killer of grit I’ve noticed is when we tend to overpraise our children’s natural abilities, which gives our kids a false sense of invincibility for not even trying.”

How to Teach Your Child Grit (Episode 65)2019-12-04T01:38:13+00:00

Chore In-completion


Having a child not follow through on a task can be very frustrating for both parent and child. We find ourselves devolving into a nagging beast, always on the child or teen’s case to get

Chore In-completion2019-11-14T21:50:09+00:00

Breathing Room


Ever notice that being trapped inside for several days because of weather or sickness can unleash the worst behavior from our children? While family members who play together do indeed develop a deeper relationship with

Breathing Room2019-11-25T17:18:51+00:00

Making Memories On the Road (Episode 64)


“I think I have much more fun when I travel with my kids. They almost give you like a license for fun,” Pam said. “Road trips provide tons of memories that you never even plan for. … It’s more than the destination. We’re really building on that family fabric.”

Making Memories On the Road (Episode 64)2019-12-03T20:33:06+00:00

9 Ways to Raise a Reader


If you haven’t heard, Amazon recently released Kindle Kids, just in time for the holidays. Why the regular Kindle wasn’t good enough for kids, I haven’t a clue, but the online retailer touted Kindle Kids

9 Ways to Raise a Reader2019-12-05T21:35:33+00:00

Engineering One-on-One Time


When other parents learn we have four kids, their first response is usually along the lines of “How do you juggle all those kids?” That question is generally followed by another: “How do you find

Engineering One-on-One Time2019-11-14T21:33:22+00:00

Top Life Skills Kids Should Learn Before Heading to College (Episode 63)


“What I’m noticing is that a lot of [my young employees] are not developing the world skills that they’ll need to be successful beyond school. … I have had a lot of the same conversations with them over the years on how to purchase a car, how to get into an apartment, or a whole variety of things that they didn’t have the chance to learn while they were at home or at school,” Josh said. “A lot of [young people] are now looking to their employer to help raise them. … Oftentimes as their first boss, I’m seeing the gaps that those lack of experiences are creating.”

Top Life Skills Kids Should Learn Before Heading to College (Episode 63)2019-12-03T22:08:23+00:00