Helping Kids Listen: The Non-Compliant Child

I get a lot of questions from parents when I teach my parenting classes. I loved this question because it highlights how truly different kids are:I have 4 children. I am able to use the more effective communication skills I have learned in your classes however I find that it will work for some kids but not the others. For example, I will say, “When the all the crayons, markers and paper are put back in the arts and crafts drawer then we will have our snack.” 3 children will clean up and one will start throwing around the crayons. What do I do then?...more

Parent vs Friend: Can You Be Both?

http://thismommasramblings.blogspot.com/2013/03/parent-vs-friendcan-you-be-both.html   ...more

Preschool Pointers - 29: Explain "Punishments"

Problem:The popular bend in parenting these days is not to punish, something which I agree with in principle, but find very hard to carry out in my own life. Because sometimes my kids are nasty or naughty in some way. And by sometimes, I mean at least three times a day....more

Help! I Need To Get Organized and Disciplined!

I have to say discipline and organization are skills I am lacking.  There was a time when this was not the case, but over the years these two very important skills have slipped by the wayside....more

Other People's Children

I'm sorry I made your kid cry. No, really I am. I am not sorry I was so tough on her. I am not sorry I gave her pushups when he wasn't listening. I am not sorry I threatened to sit her down in the corner if she did not try harder to stay on her spot. But I am sorry that when I finally, after multiple warnings, did sit her down for five minutes she burst into tears. I didn't want that. ...more

How to Train Your Muse Like You'd Train a Puppy

I got a puppy a few months ago. It was super cute and snugly and all kinds of adorable. Then we brought it home and the first thing I did was hook on its leash and take it outside to do its business, and I watched this sweet little puppy turn into a manic monster, flailing against the leash to be free, whimpering, barking and causing general mayhem instead of walking nicely along with me. It was then that it occurred to me that this may have been an awful mistake....more

Mainstream Consequences

Have a look at this recent story on Nightline.  Even if you've already seen it, watch it again.  Please....more

Sleep and The Unruly Toddler

I was recently shopping for Christmas decorations and was faced with one of many experiences I've had in my life of an example of parenting that nearly broke my heart. Since I've had a child, I have switched my philosophies on discipline, especially in discplining while in public, quite a bit. Before I had a child, and I heard a child screaming uncontrollably in public places, my first thought was to go straight to corporal punishment....more

Twas the Last Night of NaBloPoMo

Wow! Can it be? NaBloPoMo goes so slowly and yet, so fast. ...more
Robin - Congrats on your NaBloPoMo badge!  This was really fun take on the Night before ...more