Welcome to the Jungle: 4 Things Parents Can Do When Siblings Fight

Welcome to the Jungle:  4 Things Parents Can Do When Siblings Fight
Imagine you are living in a post-apocalyptic world where resources are scarce. There is fierce competition for basic necessities. Not only are resources scarce, they are controlled by a small but powerful monarchy. These rulers have so much power that they control all the food, clothing, and shelter. They assign you your living place and ...

Positive Behavior Management

I can remember my early days as a newly qualified teacher, when I would try to address inappropriate behavior in the classroom.  Frequently, I would attempt to maintain discipline by entering into “win-lose” situations.  After attending several behavior management courses, I found that it was far more effective to adopt a positive behavior management model. ...

Moms and Teen Girls: Three Tips to Finding the Right Time to Talk

Your daughter comes home from school and you innocently ask, “How was your day?” Her response?  Blowing up at you!  Sound familiar?  There are a few things that moms of teenage daughters need to understand when talking to their girls.  Your daughter is under a lot of pressure. School, self-image, friends, romance, and the worries ...

How to Stop Your Child from Arguing with You: 10 Tips You Can Use Today

We want our children to learn to speak and communicate. We want them to become independent thinkers. We also want them, someday, to stand on their own. Well, believe it or not, these are some of the key factors to explain why some children argue with their parents. According to the Department of Families, arguments ...

If Kids Who Talk Back Are Gifted, Then I’m Raising Geniuses!

A new study asks, Are certain parenting techniques, like using commands with kids, short-circuiting brain development? Tracking more than 8,000 children, the findings suggest that regardless of socioeconomic background, small differences in communication style can have an impact on children. Evidently, “Mothers and fathers who mainly talk to their offspring using commands rather than reasoning, ...

How to Talk to the Demanding Child: 12 Tips to Use Right Away

Some children demand constant attention and will not take “no” for an answer.  Just as children need to learn the importance of saying “please” and “thank you,” they need to learn how to appropriately make requests. If you’re the parent of a demanding child, rest assured that this is not a new problem and there ...

Mom’s Short Fuse: Yelling at My Family Way Too Much

Mom confession time: I have lost it and yelled (screamed, really) at my family nearly every day this past week. Each time it happens, my husband and son look at me like I’ve just turned into Joe Pesci from Goodfellas.  This is satisfying in the moment, I’ll admit: “Behold, Mom’s wrath!” – but after that wears off, I’m usually  ...

“Don’t Make Me Turn This Car Around!” How to Survive Kids Fighting in the Car

With summer upon us, many families will find themselves spending a lot of time together in the car.  Whether you’re taking short trips to camp or daycare, or the annual big car ride to Aunt Edna’s, the car can be a big battleground between you and your child — or among your children.  Regardless of ...

Sibling Rivalry and Fighting…A Rite of Passage?

This may sound strange, but during a recent visit of about ten local kids to our house I was more than a little relieved to come around the corner and catch a big brother roughing up a little brother. Unaware that we were in the vicinity, the elder had just delivered an elbow thrust to ...

Enough is Enough! Sibling Fighting, Bored Kids and One Frazzled Mom=Cabin Fever

It is late January and my home is knee deep in the post-holiday let down, pre-birthday craze, cabin fever zoo/mess! Now that I’ve finally packed up all the holiday stuff and the new toys have been well broken in, it seems we are back to hearing the mantra, I’m bored! There’s nothing to do and ...