New Foods Rewards Chart

  My daughter has always been a picky eater.  It has always been a struggle to get her to try new things, and it is really frustrating.  We decided to try a rewards chart for every time the kids tried a new food, and it has been wonderful! The Chart There are many different ways […]

Limiting Screen Time for Children

When my first child was born about seven years ago, iPhones were just being introduced, and the iPad was released in 2010.  In just a few years, media devices have become incredibly popular and can be such a big part of daily life, and that is in addition to other electronics like TV, computers, and […]

Where is our society headed?

In light of the tragedies of this past week, I felt compelled to write this, though I know I may be in the minority and may not go down on anyone’s “favorite” list.  In fact, some of you may even un-“like” me, but that really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.  Nothing really […]

Love & Logic Parenting Corner: What’s with LOVE and LOGIC?

Dewey Howard, a “Love & Logic” expert and recovering “drill sergeant dad”, and his wife Angela, a recovering “helicopter mom”, have successfully raised 3 kids using the “Love and Logic” parenting method.  He now shares his advice in his very popular classes and on our blog-azine. Love It takes a great deal of love to […]

Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Enforceable Statements

Dewey Howard, a “Love & Logic” expert and recovering “drill sergeant dad”, and his wife Angela, a recovering “helicopter mom”, have successfully raised 3 kids using the “Love and Logic” parenting method.  He now shares his advice in his very popular classes and on our blog-azine. We, as parents, often say things to our children […]

Bedtime – Stop the Battles

Bedtime can be a hard time of day for families. After a full day with kids, it seems that when the bedtime battles begin, our patience can go out the window. Here are some suggestions to help make getting your kids in bed, a little easier. First, understand how much sleep your children should be […]

Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Growing Up Too Fast

Dewey Howard, a “Love & Logic” expert and recovering “drill sergeant dad”, and his wife Angela, a recovering “helicopter mom”, have successfully raised 3 kids using the “Love and Logic” parenting method.  He now shares his advice in his very popular classes and on our blog-azine. Kids seem so much smarter today, don’t they? TV […]

When Kids Tell Lies

It is really normal for kids to tell a fib or two. They lie for lots of different reasons. Maybe they are worried about getting in trouble, or they are looking to get attention. It could be that they are trying to get out of a responsibility or chore, or trying to protect themselves or a friend. Lying […]

Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Arguments

Dewey Howard, a “Love & Logic” expert and recovering “drill sergeant dad”, and his wife Angela, a recovering “helicopter mom”, have successfully raised 3 kids using the “Love and Logic” parenting method.  He now shares his advice in his very popular classes and on our blog-azine. Do you children ever argue with you? (Ok, so […]

Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Consequences with Empathy

Don’t pave the path, trying to remove obstacles and potholes along the way.  Rather, shape the child for the (inevitable) path that lies ahead. Dewey Howard, a “Love & Logic” expert and recovering “drill sergeant dad”, and his wife Angela, a recovering “helicopter mom”, have successfully raised 3 kids using the “Love and Logic” parenting […]

Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Ownership

Dewey Howard, a “Love & Logic” expert and recovering “drill sergeant dad”, and his wife Angela, a recovering “helicopter mom”, have successfully raised 3 kids using the “Love and Logic” parenting method.  He now shares his advice in his very popular classes and on our blog-azine. Jim Fay, one of the authors of Love and […]

Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Effective Parenting

Dewey Howard, a “Love & Logic” expert and recovering “drill sergeant dad”, and his wife Angela, a recovering “helicopter mom”, have successfully raised 3 kids using the “Love and Logic” parenting method.  He now shares his advice in his very popular classes and on our blog-azine. What kind of parent are you? Some parents want […]

Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Responsibility and Expectations

Dewey Howard, a “Love & Logic” expert, and his wife Angela have successfully raised 3 kids using the “Love and Logic” parenting method.  He now shares his advice in his very popular classes and on our blog-azine. Responsibility: One thing we all want for our children is for them to grow in responsibility. We want […]

Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Delayed Consequences

Dewey Howard, a “Love & Logic” expert, and his wife Angela have successfully raised 3 kids using the “Love and Logic” parenting method.  He now shares his advice in his very popular classes and on our blog-azine. Somewhere along the line, most of us as parents got the idea we had to be able to […]

Love & Logic Parenting Corner: Mistakes

In the next several weeks, we will have short parenting tip segments like these written by Dewey Howard, a “Love & Logic” expert.  He and his wife Angela have successfully raised 3 kids using this parenting method, and he now shares his advice in his very popular classes. Introduction: What is Love and Logic Parenting? […]

Do You Speak LOVE Languages?

I have often heard that you need to parent your children differently based on their individual needs and personality, but I have always been hesitant in disciplining and treating my children differently. After all, I want to be fair in the way I treat them.  However, children are different from one another.  They have unique […]

8 Unintended Rules We Are Telling Our Children

When we bring a tiny life into this world as first time parents, we try to do everything right and perfect.  Oftentimes we even project this perfection onto our children by expecting them to fit into a perfect little mold.  Some of it is our own expectations we had of what our future children (prior to becoming […]

“I’m Bored”

  “Mom, I am bored!” Anyone hearing this from their kids right about now? Half way through Christmas Break and wondering what to do? I get a lot of parents asking why kids always say they are bored. Although every child is different, here are some suggestions. Let’s start with some interesting findings… Kids now are […]

Teaching our Children to Work

My freshman year in college, I had a roommate who never had to do any work in her house growing up. Didn’t make a bed, cook a meal, clean a bathroom, or help with yard work. At first I though she was soooooo lucky. I wished I never had to do those things. UNTIL the […]

Stop the Selfishness-Part 2

SO… where did we leave off last week? Let’s talk about how we can stop the selfishness. Take Back Control… A spoiled and selfish child knows how to get what they want. Did you know that a child will hound you approximately 9 times to get their way, or get what they want? Don’t give in. The […]

Stop the Selfishness – Part 1

(Part 2 is at the bottom of the post. Watch them with your kids) Is your child unappreciative? Do you often hear “I want” and “Now”? When you ask your child to do something, do they say “No”? Do they always expect to get their way? At one time or another, all of our children […]

Leave the Red Pen in the Drawer

    As a new graduate student I was asked to take a TA class. The training prepared me to assist professors with grading assignments in their classes. One of the first things I learned in that TA course was to avoid using a red pen when I was grading papers. I remember laughing to […]

30 Things Our Kids Need to Succeed

  Research shows that kids need certain things to succeed in life. Are our children getting what they need to succeed? As parents it is good to read through the list regularly and evaluate how we are doing. 1. Family support: Our children need us to verbally tell them they are loved, spend time with them, […]

Dealing with a “Demanding Child”

  Our son and daughter are very different. Like oil and water, the sun and the moon, Modern Family and Leave it to Beaver. Differences aside, they have a few things in common. One being that both of them have gone through a Demanding Phase. You know, when they are relentless in their requests and […]

Oldest Children

The attention and flattery that comes with being the oldest child is starting to wear off for our daughter. She now has two younger sisters, one is only 8 weeks old and minds her own business. The other one wants to follow and copy everything she does. Our daughter, a great big sister, is needing […]

“Shy” Children-A Parent’s Role

It doesn’t take long to notice that each of our children are different. Some are less outgoing than others and each has their own temperament. For those children of ours that are more reserved and less outgoing than the others, there are things we can do and skills we can teach so they can feel more […]

Backtalk, Make it STOP!

“No” “Your not the boss of me” “Do it yourself” Sound familiar? Regardless of our children’s age, toddlers to teenagers. Backtalk is a parent’s nightmare. So what can we do to make this most frustrating of problems stop. First, we need to understand why kids talk back. If we can understand why our kids are […]

Discipline, Part III

Last time I talked about an effective way to stop undesirable behavior in your child. In my opinion, this part of parenting is a little bit easier than the second part, which is motivating your child in desirable behaviors. How do you get your child to pick up after themselves? Do their homework? Getting ready […]

Discipline, Part II

I am not sure if I mentioned in my last post or not, but I want to clarify that I am not an expert on discipline. I do have some experience (maybe a little more than most mothers of one two-year old). My experiences in working with children started when I was in junior high […]

Is Naptime a Nightmare?

Our little ones need naps. Babies that have good nap habits have better nighttime sleep habits. It is important to set a routine early, from birth, to help set the stage for years of good sleeping. Here are some general tips. Under 3 Months. Newborns don’t have working internal clocks yet. It isn’t until they […]