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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

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

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

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

Lunch Time Drama


Eating lunch at school can create all sorts of problems, including a child who doesn’t “like” her lunch. Well-meaning teachers sometimes acerbate the problem by paying more attention to the child. This mom asks how

Lunch Time Drama2019-12-24T20:44:11+00:00

To Agree to Disagree


Do we need our kids to agree with our parenting decisions? This mom asks how to handle a child who is fighting her authority by arguing with every decision. Q: We have our 6 block

To Agree to Disagree2019-11-14T21:50:55+00:00

Hold Your Horses


Parents have ceased expecting that their children can--or even should--wait for something, whether it's ice cream, a new toy or their parents to stop talking. How can you help your child develop more patience and

Hold Your Horses2019-11-11T20:20:00+00:00

The Green Eyed Monster


This time of year, it can be difficult for kids to fight the envy and jealousy that can wash over them like a wave. Here are four things parents can do to help kids keep

The Green Eyed Monster2019-09-18T20:45:22+00:00