06/12/2013: Kids Won't Do Chores? Try Simple Appreciation

One of the toughest parenting tasks is to get your kids to do their chores.  Let’s face it; for most kids, chores are just not on their radar.  A ten year old just doesn’t see taking out the… Read More

09/26/2012: Should You Admit to Your Child When You're Wrong?

Homer Simpson (the prime pop culture example of an ineffective parent) stated on a recent episode, “Parenting: the one job where you always know you’ve done the right thing!”  Any parent who is honest with themselves can recognize… Read More

07/18/2012: Are We Raising a Generation of Spoiled Kids?

“Take out the garbage. I’ve asked you five times. Do it now!” When I spoke these words to my 9-year-old this afternoon, he rolled his eyes, paused his Super Mario game and stomped off to do the chore I’d been asking… Read More

01/18/2012: Calling the Police on Your Child: Would You or Wouldn't You?

If it came down to it, would you ever call the police on your child? And if so, what would be the last straw — the motivating factor — for you, personally? Consider these recent cases in the… Read More

07/26/2011: Setting Up a Chore Schedule: How I'm Getting My Kids to Do Chores

This may seem crazy, but none of our children have set chores to do on a daily/weekly basis. Maybe it’s because from the time I was nine years old, I helped my mother around the house. She was… Read More

01/03/2011: Trust: How Do You Let Your Child Earn It Back?

Trust:  it’s hard enough to keep, but how do you get it back? About a year ago, one of my daughter’s stole some pills from a neighbor she was babysitting for. We went through a lot for the next six months. Then… Read More

03/20/2014: The Affluenza Epidemic: How to Show Your Kids the Value of Money

Do children born to parents who don’t have much money actually have?certain advantages over kids born in more affluent homes? Quite possibly. cheap software for students In my last post, I talked about the book?David and Goliath: Misfits,… Read More

08/15/2014: Am I Doing TOO MUCH For My Child? The Balance Between Loving, Nurturing, and Enabling Your Child

As a teacher, I see parents carrying their children’s backpacks to the bus stop all too frequently. I also witness more parents driving their kids to school because the child “woke up too late” and the parents do… Read More

07/31/2014: How to Keep Kids Motivated Over the Summer

I love summer. It is such a fun time to spend with the kids, hangout and relax.  We have a less stressful schedule, eat easy dinners and participate in fun, outside activities. With that said, I also despise… Read More

06/04/2014: Disciplining Your Child: Is It Ever Safe to Make Your Child or Teen Walk Home?

Recently, a father in Hawaii was in the news for making his 8-year-old son walk home after an argument in the car. Judge Kathleen Watanabe gave him one year’s probation and a $200 fine for his “old school” form of discipline that… Read More