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How to Create a Peaceful Home

I truly believe that peace on earth starts at home, and that's why my website and my books have one focus, to promote peace in families. Peace must begin inward ; we must first find peace in ourselves.

To Redshirt or Not: 10 Things to Consider

Do you have a child born close to the kindergarten cut-off date?  You may be one of many parents in the throes of deciding whether or not to hold your child back from kindergarten until he reaches 6 years of age.  Rest assured, you're not alone.

Solutions for Sibling Rivalry

If you're like me, you dreamed that your children would be best friends from the start. It's both heartbreaking and frustrating when your children fight and squabble with each other, but there are things you can do (and not do) to help build their relationships with each other.

Missed Connections?

Much has been made of the social consequences of children growing up with phones attached to their ears, but should parents worry about physical risks, too?

Top 5 Behaviors That Cause Parents to Lose Their Cool: #1 Aggression

At last we have made it to the number one most frustrating behavior that causes parents to lose their cool. Aggressive behavior.

It's Your Call

It's a founding precept of childhood: younger kids race constantly to catch up with older siblings. This means wearing the same clothes, watching the same shows, and clamoring for the same freedoms that their more seasoned counterparts enjoy.

Top 5 Behaviors That Cause Parents to Lose Their Cool: #2 Whining

The countdown continues to the top behavior that makes parents want to scream. So far, I've covered numbers 5 through 3 on the list: Back talk, tantrums, and not listening. Coming in as the second most frustrating behavior is whining.

8 Ways to Get Ready for Kindergarten

Is your child ready to take the first step on his academic ladder?  While it's true that many kindergartens have become more academically rigorous than previous generations, the good news is that the skills he will need to acclimate and thrive haven't changed much.

Top 5 Behaviors That Cause Parents to Lose Their Cool: #3 Not Listening

I have been counting down the top 5 behaviors that cause parents to lose it. In case you missed it, I have already written about back talk and tantrums. Today, I am addressing number 3 on the list , not listening.

Better Sleep, Smarter Kids?

No doubt about it: sleep does a growing body good. Teachers have long noted that well-rested children seem more energetic and are better able to pay attention. And any mom or dad knows that skipping just one nap can throw a kid off-kilter for days.

Top 5 Behaviors That Cause Parents to Lose Their Cool: #4 Tantrums

This is part 2 in my 5-part series of the most troublesome behaviors parents lose their cool over. Last time, I discussed the fifth behavior on the list, back talk. Today, I will cover the fourth most bothersome behavior, tantrums.

Retooling Summertime Sleep Routines

Ah, summertime: it's a season tailor-made for casting off strict schedules and relaxing the rules, just a bit. Chasing fireflies, telling stories around a campfire, loading up on sugary sweets at a slumber party...

Top 5 Behaviors That Cause Parents to Lose Their Cool: #5 Back Talk

I recently surveyed a group of over 7,000 parents and asked which of their children's behaviors grated on their nerves the most. In this 5-part series, I will discuss these 5 troublesome behaviors individually and offer positive parenting tips to manage them. I will begin at number 5 and work my way up to the behavior most parents deem the worst.

Making the Decision to Homeschool

Are you thinking about homeschooling your child? If so, I know that making the decision to homeschool can feel overwhelming and even alarming.

Preschool Must-Haves

Are you ready for Preschool? Here is a list of Must-Haves for every Pre-K student.

Can't Get Your Kid To Eat? Make Mealtime a Fun Activity

Make mealtime a fun activity! Get your child involved with stories, activities and simple recipes that will whet their appetite.

Mean Girls: How to Handle Them

Cynthia is a 9-year-old brunette with wide eyes and a nose that crinkles when she smiles.  She likes to wear headbands and enjoys soccer. There are no marks on her as far as I can see that would make her a target for bullying.

5 Ways to Encourage Creativity Through Play

Creativity is on the decline, and the reduction of free play is at least partly to blame. According to American psychologist, Peter Gray, free play has declined sharply over the last century, and with it the mental health of children and adolescents has also declined.

Taming Your Toddler with Chores?

I've noticed whenever I'm busy running around making breakfast, lunch or dinner, my toddler seems to be increasingly needy and wants all of my attention. When I explain, "mommy will play after dinner is ready or the kitchen is cleaned up," she just pleads harder and acts out her frustration. 

National Day Of Unplugging

Is technology a good thing or a bad thing when it comes to raising our kids?

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