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...

How to Take the Stress Out of Your Fall Schedule

School has started again, with the accompanying pressures caused by all the deadlines and tasks associated with getting the kids up and out the door, their homework assignments, sports and after-school lessons. While you’ve been looking forward to having them...

Moms and Dads, What Would You Do? Take my Quiz!

Your seven year old son has been riding with training wheels since the age of four. Now, training wheels are off and he’s doing well and having fun riding his bike on the sidewalk in front of your home. A neighbor has just called you, saying that she saw your...

Parenting Methods: What is Yours? Is It Working?

Wow! There are so many different ways to parent these days that it makes your head spin! I’ve come up with a number of them and, in a very simple description they are: helicopter parenting – parents are hovering over their child and are seen as...

Using Punishment and Reward to Motivate Good Behavior? There’s a More Effective Way :

When you punish kids, you are using your power of bigness and superior knowledge as weapons to make them do what  you want. When you use rewards, like carrots in front of a donkey, you diminish their dignity and their right to be respected. But, when you think of your...

Single Parents: 9 Steps to Help You Cope

When you find yourself on your own, whether separated, divorced or widowed, it’s always a tremendous shock. Your whole life has changed, especially the future you envisioned. Also the present: now you’re on your own and raising your children alone. I know,...