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Staying Connected With Your Teen

When kids become teens, they start acting like they don’t need us. If we don’t understand why they’re doing this, and figure out ways to...

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The Peace Process

In our Sibling Conflict online course we teach something called The Peace Process, using the steps Calm, Understand, Solve, Celebrate. The story below is from a...

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6 Practical Tips to Tame Your Temper

Disciplining misbehaving kids is often a difficult and emotion-laden task. Our oldest son Daniel, sometimes said to Lynne, “Mom, you just bursted all over us!”...

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7 Peaceful, Powerful Ways to Connect with an Angry Child

Everyone would agree that loving our children is one of the most important things a parent can do. But sometimes expressing that love isn’t as...

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One of the Biggest Deterrents to Effective Discipline…

One of the biggest deterrents to effective discipline is that parents get upset. They then use their big upset emotions to push outcomes. The younger...

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Why I Love the Huge Dent in My Floor

In our kitchen, there is a huge dent in the floor. I see it every day. It is a reminder to me of the day...

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My Kids’ Messes Drive Me CRAZY!

For years I have struggled with the mess that our lively, spontaneous, creative, frequently disorganized children made at high speed. I used to call it...

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“It was hard to be mad when you were so kind to me.”

In my role as a parenting speaker I do a lot of role plays with people in the audience. Though I had seen a lot...

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When You Want to Be Heard… Whisper

In our online course a parent once asked the following question: I see the difference you’re talking about between typical parenting and parenting with the...

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3 Signs of Unhelpful Consequences… and How to Fix Them!

“You’re stupid!” says the frustrated child. The parent feels annoyed, even a bit angry and responds, “You can’t talk to me that way! You’re grounded...

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