No Longer a Child, But Not Yet Grown Up

How do you parent a kid who is not a child anymore, but doesn’t seem to be ready to become an adult?

So Sad to Say Goodbye

The transition from home to college or another learning experience is a very big change.  It is quite likely the biggest change your teen has ever faced in his or […]

Fighting, Biting Scratching and Hitting

It might seem to you as a grown-up that rules against biting, kicking and scratching are clear, but that is not necessarily true for very young children, whose first experiences are likely to be purely experimental.

I Won’t Go to School!

Big kids who refuse to get out of bed and go to school remind me of little kids who refuse to stay in bed and go to sleep. One night […]

Winning Agreement With Limits

Setting and upholding limits may be the toughest job of being a parent.  It wasn’t my favorite part of being a Mom, and I can understand if you don’t like […]

Creating Cooperation

How do you talk to your child when you want her to get ready, get started, and get going?  Perhaps you are in the habit of mostly talking to your […]

Learning to Make Wrong Into Right

When you see your child making a mistake and ask him to stop or change his behavior–that is the first step.  “I’ll never do it again,” is the beginning, not […]

Who’s In Charge Here?

When you think about your family and the concept of “power,” what comes to mind?  Is it trying to make your children do something?  Are you using yelling, pleas, bribes […]

Whose Homework Is It?

Marcus is sitting in the back of class passing notes back and forth to his buddy.  His teacher is describing an assignment that will be due next week, but Marcus […]

Your Drama Loving 4-year-old

Jamal has a cape tied around his shoulders, and while his mother shops, he flexes his biceps like a weight-lifter, fixes his face in a scowl, and stalks up and […]