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Ten Minutes of Special Time Can Change Everything

Ten Minutes of Special Time Can Change Everything

What if I told you that with ten minutes of your undivided attention: Your child will be more cooperative—more likely to pick up the toys when you ask them to or get their pajamas on at night. You’ll build trust in your relationship with your kid so they rely on you...

What Everyone Should Know About Being a Grandparent

What Everyone Should Know About Being a Grandparent

Becoming a grandparent can be one of the sweetest things in life. Grandparents often have a rejuvenating glow when they talk about their grandchildren. Usually the joys of grandparenthood come without the same stresses of parenting. In fact: The worries that burden us...

From Holiday Hell to Holiday Happy

From Holiday Hell to Holiday Happy

Tips to Reduce the Stress of Parenting When the Celebrations Start The holidays are here and as wonderful as a happy holiday would be, the reality is not always that joyful. Your little one asks you to play every thirty minutes, but you keep saying no because the...

The Secret to a Better Vacation

The Secret to a Better Vacation

For kids, one of the best things about vacation is that they have more of their parents’ attention. We may be able to let go of some of the worries and distractions that consume us during the week and put more time and attention into our children when we’re away with...

Children Hunger for Play and Laughter with You

Children Hunger for Play and Laughter with You

Stresses of all kinds, loneliness, isolation, and criticism erase a child’s sense of connection, and make it harder for a child to love and learn. But I'm always amazed at how a little play full of laughter can quickly restore a connection between a parent and a...

Parenting When Your Heart is Breaking

Parenting When Your Heart is Breaking

When someone close to you dies, a relationship ends, illness strikes—parenting can feel like you’ve just been hit by a boulder. We don’t have much attention, if any at all, for a little one who wets the bed, won’t eat his dinner, or won’t share with her little sister....

The Cure for Whining:  Two silly things to try

The Cure for Whining: Two silly things to try

Whining is one of those behaviors that drive parents nuts! After an afternoon full of whining, it’s easy to snap. But kids don’t whine just to push our buttons or make us head for the hills. When children whine, they’re letting us know that they need some extra...

How I Learned to Shut My Mouth and Why You Should Too

How I Learned to Shut My Mouth and Why You Should Too

One simple, yet surprisingly hard thing to do as a parent is to simply be quiet and let our children talk…or cry, laugh, giggle, sing, and scream.  Working with parents of little ones and bigger kids, I hear it all the time.  It’s hard to be quiet and not interrupt,...