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Are We Dealing Drugs To Our Children?The Role of Dopamine in Entitlement

Did you know you may inadvertently be dealing “drugs” to your children? Dopamine has been called the brain’s “pleasure chemical.” It is released when pleasure...

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From Power Struggles to Peace at MealsHelp for Picky Eaters

Eat your broccoli, or there’s no dessert! Nooooooo! It’s yucky!! Then no dessert for you! But I want ice creeeeeeeeam! You’ve heard dozens of times...

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How to Avoid Being Taken Hostage by Kids’ Demands

Parents sometimes feel like hostages to the intense demands of their children, intimidated into submission with the threat of “the big gun” – a deafening...

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How do I get my son to stop talking back?

How do I get my 7-year-old son to stop talking back to everything we say? He is always right and we are always wrong! …...

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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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One Mom’s Journey from Fighting to Dancing

Julia was fed up. Her kids fought daily about their responsibilities, and Julia was at the end of her patience. Daily power struggles were beginning...

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When Kids Stay Irresponsible

Brian and Jana were very concerned about how much work it was to get their 8-year-old son, Brady, to do much of anything – look...

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What to do when your kids give you a defiant “NO”

When kids say “No!” parents tend to react rather than respond. Reacting tends to lead to unconstructive power struggles that follow this basic pattern: Child:...

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Possibly the Best Way to Build Wisdom

Asking sincere questions, even with small kids, is a great way to build wisdom. Here’s a story a mom emailed to us that shows the...

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Why Kids Explode and What to Do About It

Just like us, our kids sometimes react angrily when something important to them feels attacked. First expressions of anger are almost always aggressive. As kids...

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