Forget Rivalry! What Do You Do About Sibling Bribery?

My son once paid my daughter a dollar to go away and leave him alone. I found the little girl in the workshop turned temporary kids’ room by herself on her bed, clutching her dollar. The boy and his friends were outside, carefree and clearly up to something. They eyed me as I walked past, looked down and picked at their fingernails when I said, “Where’s your sister?”...more
@Jane Byers Goodwin That's what I was going to say - only you did it better. :) As the oldest, I ...more

1, 2, 3 wtf?

Like a good parent, I am reading 1, 2, 3 Magic to try to get my kids under control introduce a new, helpful discipline into the household, and I've got a few bones to pick.  It's working pretty well, all stated. I don't have to yell. The kids take their time outs well and come out just as the book says, calm and ready to move on. ...more

How to Deliver Kids to the World That Don't Suck

This article was originally posted on as part of the "Lessons Learned While Conquering the World" series.  Enjoy. --------------------I sat down at the end of week-one of my glorious vacation to Manchester By the Sea, MA, just 30 miles North of Boston (visiting the family of M.C. Nugget), to write this quick article....more

The Chronicle of Biscuit - "Stop Persecuting Me!"

The Chronicles of Biscuit:  Stories about our youngest son, Tyler, whose nickname is Biscuit. Biscuit's having some trouble t...more

Do you yell at your kids too much?

Everyday at least one person searches for something like "how to stop yelling" or "I yell at my kids too much" and then clicks on the blog post I have presented below.Everyday. ...more

Understood Rules

Yesterday was a horribly disagreeable day here on the Crazy Train.  The day started off rocky, and continued at a consistently bumpy cadence the rest of the day.  For whatever reason-- the alignment of the stars, the toss of the dice, the smell of the laundry hamper(your guess is as good as mine!)-- peace was not to be had between Princess and Birdie....more

Shame Punishments

For better or for worse, there seems to be a media driven trend towards shame punishments. First, we had Tommy Jordan who shot his daughter’s laptop. The girl had used it to publicly complain about being forced to do housework. Then, there was Denise Abbot who used Facebook to punish her daughter with the words ”I do not know how to keep my [mouth shut]. I am no longer allowed on Facebook or my phone. Please ask why.” Now, we have Kaytlen Lopan, a 13 year old who cut off a 3 year old’s hair and was sentenced to 30 days in detention....more


Melinda Reynolds Tripp Author of What Should You Do? IF SCHOOL DISCIPLINE IS THE HEADLINE THEN FAMILY DISCIPLINE SHOULD BE THE BY LINE BY AUTHOR MELINDATRIPP ON JUNE 19, 2012 In my local paper, the headline , Discipline, dropout rate discussed.  The author’s premise is that black boys in  particular, are not able to handle the school discipline policies and hence face a larger proportion of expulsion and dropouts  per capita.  They have gone so far to employ a reach-out program. Let’s discuss this,  teachers have the same standards for all of their students....more

Creative Defiance And The Well-adjusted Child

A friend of mine likes to tell her dogs they've made "bad choices," and while I'm not necessarily equating child-rearing and dog training, there are some parallels. For example, I'm not really a morning person, but having a toddler roaming around the house pre-dawn with poop dripping out of his pajama leg and wielding a butter knife sort of gets the adrenaline pumping sans alarm clock, if you know what I mean....more

The Trouble with Kids Today

The Trouble With Kids Today“People are telling parents like me that we are failing our children because we practice controlled discipline in our homes....more