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 the irony and sarcasm in that statement. Making mistakes — and wondering if you’ve done the right ...

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 him to do since morning. If left to his own devices, my guess is that my son would be ...

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 news: A father in Monroe, Ohio called the police on his 6-year-old for refusing to go to ...

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 a single mom and worked full time. I kept the house clean and helped out with getting ...

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 she got caught sneaking out and doing drugs last spring. Since then, things have been a bit ...

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, Underdogs and the Art of Battling Giants, by Malcolm Gladwell, and how he?discusses the need for children ...

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 trash as a priority.  And it gets even harder with teenagers. So, what’s a parent to do? ...

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 not want them to experience the natural consequences of missing the bus. Why are parents doing so ...

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 summer.  Gone is the simple structure of the school year. My kids get bored, act lazy and ...

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 she said was no longer appropriate. And in fact, parents who call into the Parental Support Line ...