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...

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,...

Kids Talking Back? Six Things You Need to Do

Look at the above picture.  I wonder where he learned that pose!  So young to be sassing back, don’t you think? Unfortunately, if parents don’t change their ways,  their kids’ response to them will become a habit and can be found even more ingrained...

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...

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...