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...

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,...

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...

For Stressed Parents: A Way to Help

  I’ve had a lot of parents tell me that lack of time is a real problem.  Many families have two parents working outside the home and are balancing home and office precariously.  Associated with it all is a pressing feeling of guilt as parents think...

Kids Fighting? What to Do

Years ago, I was at my wits’ end because of my kids’ fighting.  I couldn’t stop it no matter what I did.  I tried everything I knew but it kept on happening.  The boys were  6 and 4,  and the screams of the younger one brought me from any place in...

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...

How to Get Your Kids to Learn to Handle Money (and Stop Bugging You for Stuff)

  Do your kids constantly ask for treats at the supermarket checkout? Do your teens and tweens want, want, want?  Do they ask for things you can’t afford? Do you feel you’re depriving them if you say “no”? Are you tired of dealing with...