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How to Turn a Parenting Fail into a Parenting Win

It was a Sunday evening. I was emotionally and physically done for the day and looking forward to a quiet house. Suddenly I overheard squabbling...

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The most sure-fire road to respectful kids!

  “Knock it off! Stop it! Get over here, NOW!” These are familiar phrases for most parents. When kids act up we get frustrated. We...

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Teach Kids to Be Responsible for Their Own Actions

  When our kids hurt their siblings, our sense of justice compels us to punish them. But sometimes punishment is not the best way to...

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A Creative Alternative to Those Endless Reminders…

  Big sister Bella bounces and crashes her way through life with Tigger-like abandon, unaware of the impact of her big movements and energy on...

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The Benefits of Letting Our Kids Experience Conflict

Sometimes it can be a good thing to let kids fight. This played itself out last week as I was caring for my niece and...

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How Your Support Helped a Child Learn to Take Her Own Time-Outs

“I wasn’t safe! I need to go to my room to think about this,” exclaimed five-year-old Selah after hitting her infant brother Caleb. It seemed...

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Do Your Questions Help or Hurt Your Kids?

Ed was trying to be patient and thoughtful, but he was at the end of his rope. Instead of helping him fix dinner, his two...

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An Often Overlooked Motivator of Good Behavior…

Many parents think that some sort of painful punishment is the best motivator for kids to improve their behavior. Other parents “focus on the positive”...

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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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Restitution ConsequencesConsequences That Actually Work! [Part 3]

Over the past few weeks we learned how effective natural impacts and logical consequences help children learn to make better choices. Today we conclude with Part...

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