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Telling vs AskingOne shuts down the brain. The other activates it.

What’s the difference between telling and asking? I’m a teller by nature. It seems easier. Maybe just more efficient, really. I tell my child what...

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Raising Kids Who Say “Thank You”and Actually Mean It

We talk to many parents who tell us their kids are not grateful. Not only do their children expect to be fed and clothed, but...

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Does Your Child Need Chemicals to do Chores?how low dopamine impacts effort

In our role as parent coaches and educators, we hear it all the time: “One of my kids just doesn’t seem to get it!” Parents...

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When My Child Asked for an iPod, Here’s What I Said…

Last week I wrote about how my junior high daughter creatively and proactively asked for an iPod by preparing a well-thought-out list of answers to concerns she...

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“If My Kid’s a Slob Now, How Will He Hold a Job Later?”

  “When I look at my son’s messy room, it puts a knot in my stomach.” Joe was insightful and honest as he described his...

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Why Won’t My Kid Do the Dishes?

Recently we got an email from a mom asking what to do when her 10-year-old son refused to help with the dishes after dinner, even...

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How Family Meetings Can Un-Spoil Kids

One day, my wife and I looked at each other and noticed ourselves doing many things for our kids that they were fully capable of...

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Can Family Meetings Really Work?

Family Meetings: just the words send some parents into a state of anxiety while kids yawn and get immediately distracted. But with a few simple...

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One of Our Biggest Parenting Mistakes…

One of our biggest parenting mistakes is to try to get kids to behave right for the wrong reasons. It’s a good thing to want...

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Building the Family Team: A Solution to Chore Wars

7-year-old Bryce was a master “chore evader.” When asked to help with chores, this distractable drama king would slump over and whine, “But I wanted...

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