Stop Letting School Sabotage Your Relationship with Your Child

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Stop Letting School Sabotage Your Relationship with Your Child   I’m not sure how many times I have said this, but the most important part of parenting is the relationship we have with our kids. Is it honest? Loving? Respectful? Joy-filled? Secure? If it is, then parenting will be much easier–maybe even fun!  But I read more…

The Power We Wield: After the Game

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The Power We Wield: After the Game—on the Ride Home I have seen article after article about parents behaving badly during kids’ sporting events. Sure, it’s frustrating and hard to hear sometimes. It’s tough to see the looks on kids’ faces as they respond to the criticism or the embarrassment. But what about when these read more…

14 Ways to Avoid Losing Your Temper with Your Kids

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Sure, almost all parents lose their tempers with their kids sometimes. But if doing so NEVER makes our parenting any easier, then why not try to stay calm?  Here are a few tried and true methods that have worked for me:     Expect your kids to embarrass you at times. Expect them to make read more…

11 Reasons to Never Lose Your Temper with Your Kids Again

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You being visibly angry at your kids doesn’t make the situation better—ever. Sure, maybe they begrudgingly complete the task you asked them to do. Maybe they realize that you “mean business.” But at what cost to the relationship? Do we want them to behave because they are afraid (the correct answer is no)? Do we read more…

January: National Preschool Freak-Out Month?

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Warning: Rant Ahead! Did you know that January is National Preschool Freak-Out Month? Seriously, January is the month that many preschools begin registering kids for the fall. That means that FIRST TIME PARENTS might not have a clue that in the dead of winter they need to be making plans for the end of summer. read more…

The Power of a Delayed Consequence

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When the boys were younger, I used to think that if I did the “right” thing when they misbehaved then they would miraculously begin to behave. So I all had to do was scour the parenting books for the “right” thing to do. How wrong I was! Kids learn to behave through a process and read more…

I Think I Just Flunked My Kids’ Physicals

I had all the boy’s physicals this month.  It reminded me of this post from a few years ago.  We were ready THIS year. Summer 2011 Yesterday Matthew (9) and Christopher (11) had their annual physicals.  It has been awhile since we have had one for any of the boys so I had forgotten the read more…

How I Turned My Strong-Willed Child Into a Monster (And How You Can Too!)

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How I Turned My Strong-Willed Child Into a Monster (And How You Can Too!) I taught middle school for eight years before I had my own children. I knew there were those kids in class whom I adored; there were those who blended into the crowd; and there were those monster-kids whose parents I pitied read more…

To the Yelling Dad in the Parking Lot

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To the dad screaming at his son in the Noblesville Pizza Hut parking lot this week, Let me start by saying that I’m sure you love your son. And I totally understand how frustrating a four year old can be sometimes. And I bet you think that what you were doing with the harsh, loud read more…

Cat food, a glue stick, cereal bowls, and a TV remote

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I had the amazing opportunity to spend the past 72 hours with a one year old again.  Ah the flood of memories: sticky hands, sticky faces, sticky floors, sticky residue on my clothes, the constant vigilance necessary in the constant quest for “toys.”  And that’s when it struck me.  My precious niece was in a room read more…