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How to Get Kids to Care About School & GradesWithout Nagging

  Over the years, Lynne and I have worked with many families who struggle with the same issues. Time and again, we see how a…

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What Do I Do When My Child is Always Negative?

Kyle and Ella came to me concerned that their 6-year-old daughter, Maya, was “always negative about everything.” “What can we do to change that?” they…

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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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What Happens When We Approach Our Kids with an Empty Tank

Sometimes, especially when we’re stressed and our tank is on empty, it’s easy to approach kids with our needs instead of a full heart. We…

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What to Do When You Dislike Your Child

During the very difficult years of early parenting, I would go through long times of despair, as well as periods of dislike for one or…

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What to Do When Kids Go Crazy? Do a Do-Over!

“I call the window seat!” “Nu-uhhh, it’s MY turn!” “No way!” “OW! Mom, she hit me!” Sometimes it can seem like the simplest interactions are…

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Seven Minutes of Life-Changing Parenting Wisdom

When it comes to raising your kids, we know how frustrating it can be to put your whole heart into it over the years and…

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Whose Problem Is It?

  Deep inside most parents is a strong urge to control their children. It may seem beneficial or even “work” for a few years, but…

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How to Talk to Kids about Bad Words

“Oh, shut up!” Lynne said (fairly playfully) at Jim in the banter after a staff meeting. This sparked a conversation among the staff about our respective families and what words were or weren’t permitted.

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What to Do When Kids Push Your Buttons

When kids act up, it’s a parent’s job to guide them through the difficulty. But kids’ trouble often pushes parents’ buttons. Need for control? Push….

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