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A Season of Thanks

This Thanksgiving, set a place for gratitude at your family table by implementing these simple rituals designed to inspire gratefulness in kids. Giving thanks has never been so much fun.

Connection-Based Discipline

In my previous article, Why Connection is the Parenting Key, I discussed the separate roles of the upstairs and downstairs brain. We know now that children learn best when they feel calm and connected.

Why Connection is the Parenting Key

To understand why connection is the parenting key, we must first understand a bit about the brain. For a simple explanation, let's talk in terms of the downstairs brain and the upstairs brain.

Ways to Give the Gift of Time this Holiday

Nothing says I like you like spending time with someone. And yet, parents and children are finding it increasingly challenging to spend time together because of modern demands.

Learn How to Slow Down in a Fast-Paced World

"Children are impressionable and readily gain an understanding of how to conduct themselves and navigate in the world by the lessons and modeling they observe. For your children and mine; "Slow down, please!"

Old-fashioned Ways to Raise Creative Children

Your imagination as a parent is what will help your child develop their own imagination. When you create an environment for exploring the world, you are giving your child an opportunity to use their mind.

Family Fun at Dinnertime

No matter how busy your family is, you should be trying to have a meal together, without interruptions, at least once a week.

Liking the Child That You Love

There is a lot of talk about unconditionally loving our children but perhaps not enough about how important it is to like them.

10 Ways to Get Your Highly Sensitive Child to Thrive

High sensitivity is not always convenient, but it is a gift. So how do you get your highly sensitive child to thrive? Here are ten places to start.

Learning to Embrace my Highly Sensitive Child

I noticed the signs early on.  When my daughter was 18 months old, she once cried watching an episode of Mickey Mouse because a hungry baby Goofy burst into tears. Even as a young child, she never took a toy from another kid.

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.

10 Ways to Connect With Your Child

Being deeply connected to our children is the key to emotional health, cooperation, influence, and peaceful homes, but staying connected in the hustle and bustle of daily life can be challenging. We have to be intentional about our relationships with them now if want these relationships to flourish for years to come.

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.

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