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

Terrific Tuesday - Raise the Bar on Discipline

Terrific Tuesday - it is terrific to raise the bar on discipline at home and at work....more

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