Breaking News! Recommended Age for Screen Use Changed

Breaking News! Recommended Age for Screen Use Changed

  Today, NBC posted a news story that the American Academy of Pediatrics has changed its view on the age that children should be allowed to view digital devices. The Academy formerly stressed that children under the age of two should not be allowed to be on...
How to Prevent Meltdowns Over Cell Phones

How to Prevent Meltdowns Over Cell Phones

It is with a heavy heart that I write this post today. A dear friend has called and told me that her fifteen-year-old daughter, Tiffany, has left home to live full time with her dad and his new family. Previously, she and her brother were living half the time with...
Are Your Kids Prepared for Internet Dangers?

Are Your Kids Prepared for Internet Dangers?

This week, I read a newspaper report that a sixteen-year-old boy was charged for online extortion or “sextortion”. He was arrested for extortion, child pornography and luring. He had contacted  a teenage girl online, befriended her, and then pressured her...

5 Ways to Encourage Kids and Maintain Your Leadership Role in the Family

How do you encourage your kids so they have good self-esteem, want to contribute to family life and grow up to be independent thinkers and self-sustaining adults while maintaining your leadership role in the family? Is there a way you can do it without being overly...

How to be the (Gentle but Firm, Kind, Loving) Boss in Your Family

There has been well-publicized criticism of parenting in the news lately. Parents have been told that they are being overrun by their kids and that they are not performing their roles as heads of the family. This is pretty confusing for moms and dads who have made...

What Are 3 Things Today’s Parents Do Right?

I don’t believe that parenting has collapsed. There are a lot of “right” things today’s parents are doing in raising their children. Here are three areas where many parents excel: 1. They are treating their children with dignity and respect. In...

“Collapse of Parenting”?

You may have heard about or read an article in Maclean’s magazine (macleans.ca) in Canada or current publications in the USA, about the views of Dr.Leonard Sax, an American physician who has serious reservations about the parenting ability of today’s...

If You Don’t Spank, What Can You Do?

With the close of Bullying Prevention Week just past, I must share with you how shocked I was to find out how many parents believe in spanking their children to “teach” them, or “discipline” them. I posted a couple of pictures on Facebook (see...

Bullying – What are 6 Things Parents Can Do to Prevent It?

This is the last week of Bullying Prevention Month. I’d like to give you a formula that will minimize bullying both inside and outside of your family home: 1. Look at the following two pictures: Do you see the connection? If you spank your child, or just give...