A colleague recently shared a story with me about her school-age son. He was with his soccer team, eating in a restaurant after a game. When his meal came, he reached for the ketchup and poured it all over his mini corn dogs. Only, it wasn’t ketchup…it was hot sauce. His meal was ruined, and […]
When your 7 year old child’s overnight playdate is disrespectful to you, what do you do? Should you send him home? Should you discipline him?
The parents I hear from most have children like my daughter—a child who won’t take no for an answer, who will not be told what to do, and who will stand her ground for as long as it takes to get someone to understand that she is right—in other words, maddening. These are the children […]
Expectation: A child’s job is to get what he wants when he wants it Children are always after what they want. It’s what they do — and it’s normal. Actually aren’t we all after what we want? Isn’t that why we get our buttons pushed. Our children aren’t doing what we want. This does not […]
What would it take to stay calm when it comes to managing your kids’ behavior? Sometimes it feels like a herculean task, doesn’t it? Remember the Oregon trail? One wagon after another followed the tracks made by earlier wagons. The ruts got deeper and deeper as more wagons rode west. In places, a person could […]
When it comes to raising children, everyone has their own style of parenting. I think what we all share in common is the desire to raise well-behaved, kind, thoughtful and independent human beings. We all strive to have kids that follow directions, do well in school, help with chores and other responsibilities, and treat others […]
When the PG-13 rating was introduced, the level of gun violence in these films was about the same as in G movies of the same era. Now, however, the level of gun violence in PG-13 movies matches or is more than the violence in R-rated films.