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...

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,...