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...

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...

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...

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,...

How to Prevent the Bedtime Blues

  Bedtime in some families is a horror show.  Parents end up yelling and kids end up crying.  Everyone feels terrible, with parents feeling guilty, knowing they failed to handle the situation constructively.  There are some steps that can be taken that could make...

Raising Kids – We All Have Our Bad Days

All parents have days when they wonder if they’re meant to have children. I know I had those days. Perhaps you’re having one today! It’s so frustrating to know that you’re handling everything wrong and not be able to do much about it. It got me...

Your Child is Misbehaving. Try Something Different!

It seems that no amount of punishment or bribery can make some kids behave.  In the old days, a threat of a spanking could be a deterrent or, in my case, a trip to the bathroom to “get the wooden spoon” or some hits on my hands with my dad’s belt....
Overwhelmed!

Overwhelmed!

Does this sound like you? You and your spouse or partner are working full time. You have two or three children. You’re stretching to make ends meet so you can pay your credit card bills. You’re struggling to find good daycare for after-school hours. You worry about...

Are you Feeling Isolated and Alone?

Family life is very different from what it was two or three generations ago. Often people were born, grew up, married and had children all in the same town or vicinity. Family units could be quite large, with older family members such as grandparents, aunts or uncles...