Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling Over Summer Break

Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling Over Summer Break

Summer break is around the corner. Before it begins, I tend to romanticize summer break with daydreams of playing in the sprinkler, bike rides, and trips to the lake.  The truth is, this extended togetherness often leads to a lot of parenting frustration. Tired of the yelling?  Tired of the whining?  Tired of being tired? […]

Hug More. Shout Less.

Hug More. Shout Less.

Inspired by Soul Pancake & An Open Letter To Moms from Kid President.

5 Tips for Celebrating Siblings’ Individual Talents

5 Tips for Celebrating Siblings’ Individual Talents

Learn more about the All-New Tinker Bell Movie, The Pirate Fairy and order a copy on Blu-ray™ and Digital HD April 1. Striking the right balance when encouraging talents and recognizing accomplishments among siblings can be challenging. As parents, we certainly want to foster and celebrate our children’s individual gifts. And we want to do […]

7+ Tips for Avoiding Child (and Parent!) Meltdowns

7+ Tips for Avoiding Child (and Parent!) Meltdowns

You know you’ve been there  . . . That moment when you’re ready to melt down. It only lasts a second, but some days that’s all it takes. Whether it’s fueled by hunger, physical exhaustion, or you’re just having “one of those moments,” a meltdown is something you could surely live without. We’re over on […]

Practicing Being an Introvert’s Mama

Practicing Being an Introvert’s Mama

Being a parent is not at all what I expected. In my mind, the plan was to raise the kids as I’d been raised. Simple. Then you meet your children. One of my daughters is an introvert. Many people assume an introvert is shy or anti-social. She is neither. A good friend sent me the […]

5 Tips for Talking about Divorce with Kids

5 Tips for Talking about Divorce with Kids

“Mom?” she whispered. Then my daughter paused. A long pause. The kind of drawn out pause that alerts a parent, THIS is going to be an important conversation. It was 5:55am and she had just climbed under the covers to snuggle. I tried to snap myself awake, sensing the depth of the conversation. I gathered […]

Build Trust with a “Binding Contract” with Your Child

Build Trust with a “Binding Contract” with Your Child

*Today we are honored to have Erica of What Do We Do All Day? sharing a helpful parenting story. Enjoy! There are few things more disheartening than hearing your child cry, “I don’t believe you!” with disappointment in his eyes because of a promise you failed to keep. Sadly, this is exactly what occurred with […]

The Missing Part of the Sharing Equation

The Missing Part of the Sharing Equation

Does “sharing” often go sour at your house? Many of us have only been taught one part of the “Sharing Equation.” I know from reading 101 parenting articles that when my daughter comes to me tattling, “She won’t share,” that I needed to redirect her back to her sister. I ship her back into the […]

10-Steps to a Successful Family Meeting

10-Steps to a Successful Family Meeting

As parents, we have one primary longstanding goal: to ensure our children feel loved. I can’t help but think of the love song More Than Words by Extreme. (I sang this tune 763 times as an 8th grader.)  How do we build a strong family dynamic and SHOW our children we love them? Hosting a […]

7 Tips for a Smooth School Routine

7 Tips for a Smooth School Routine

How to do you foster independent children and still ensure your morning goes smoothly? Give your little ones tools for success. Show your kids that school and organization are important by creating a School Prep Zone that facilitates a morning routine. This quote dances in my mind: “Never help a child with a task at […]