How to Say Sorry: Teaching Children to Apologize

A friend’s three-year-old son is still developing his ability to regulate his emotions. He can go from being ecstatic, to devastated, to furious, in the span of a few minutes. During one pre-dinner meltdown last week, he started yelling… Read More

Caught Your Child Lying? Do This Before You Respond

When we hear from parents about the issue of lying, we often hear them say: “I don’t know what I feel worse about…her sneaking out or her lying to me about it!” When you catch your child or… Read More

How to Respond When Your Child Acts Out in Public

As you push your cart through the store you hear a wail from the next aisle. The cry starts low and rises sharply, followed by, “I need it! But I NEED IT!!!” You turn into the aisle and… Read More

Help for the Holidays: When Extended Families Come Together

Holidays are a time for family and friends to gather and to celebrate. At its best, this time of year offers wonderful memories, time together and treasured traditions. For many of us, however, the holidays can bring up… Read More

3 Practical Tips for Parents Living with an Adult Child

Do you have an adult child living at home with you?  If so, you are not alone. A recent report by the Pew Research Center shows that living with parents is the most common living arrangement for 18-… Read More

Trouble at School? How Parents Can Respond

School progress reports have arrived and it doesn’t look good. Your son is missing multiple assignments and his grades are dropping fast. You know he can do better, but every time you try to talk about it, you… Read More

Improve Your Parenting Patience with These 3 Easy Reminders

Your 3-year-old is grouchy and dragging his feet. Your 6-year-old is upset that her favorite shirt is in the wash and now she “has nothing to wear.” You can’t find your keys. And to top it all off,… Read More

Put a Plan in Place for Back-to-School

It’s that time of year again: back-to-school! It’s a joyous time for some parents: “Ah, my child who stayed up until 3 a.m. and slept in until noon will be getting back on a sleep schedule.” “My child… Read More

How Old is Old Enough for Kids to be Home Alone?

One of my earliest memories is of my parents getting ready to leave me home alone for the first time, while they went out to dinner. I was in the bathroom, looking for nail polish. I blew my… Read More

Stop Defiant Behavior in Young Children by Role Modeling

I saw the most amazing thing on the playground the other day: a little girl wanted her dad to help make a little boy share the slide, and dad…refused to help. Before I get into that, though, let me… Read More