I Threatened My Children...

It's time I got something off my very ample chest. I threatened my children when they were little. I also lied to them. They know this and, I think, they have forgiven me....more

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Building Up or Tearing Down Our Children With Our Words

"When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk you'll end up as the pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso."~ Pablo PicassoWhat we say to our children can have such an impact, can’t it? Whether it’s positive or negative, our comments can leave a mark. Sometimes I forget that when I am in a hurry and trying to rush my son or I’m tired and cranky and I say something that I really shouldn’t have....more

They call her Tiger Mom, but will they call home?

She says she’s a tiger— but oy, what a cat-fight....more

Competitive kids: it’s okay to win.

The big competition in my house right now involves brushing teeth at night. My 5-year-old, G, and 2-year-old, Biz, run up the stairs yelling “I teeth!” (The expression came from Biz, and it stuck.) Both want to reach the sink first in order to start putting toothpaste on their respective brushes. My dentist would be proud....more

Skins - "The Most Dangerous Show For Children..."

It’s apparent the folks over at MTV are going to keep testing the boundaries of their contentious programming. They’ve enjoyed virtually no consequences by walking the fence of inappropriate teenage content, and have been successful at luring desperate advertises wanting to target this particular demographic ....more

The MTV show "Skins" has been canceled!

Though this is a victory for all concerned with ...more

Parenting Dilemma #17

Recently, my daughter has sparked an interest in playing the piano. She goes to it a lot and asks me if I’ll teach her a song. I have to reach back way into the crevices of my brain and recall how to read sheet music so I can figure out the notes, plunk out the song, and show her how to play it....more

When my daughter was older, who was also interested in a million things, that she had to choose. ...more

Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures (Achieving a New Year's Resolution)

Today's blog gives a couple of tips on how to get over the hump and achieve the New Year's resolution. Next, I ask for your help in order to achieve mine.All the best,Clayton Thomashttp://www.tantrumstroublesandtreasures.blogspot.comTwitter: @claylauren2001...more

Book Talk Tuesday~~~The Go-To Mom's Parents' Guide: Emotion Coaching Young Children

I am always on the search for a good book to help me with my three rambunctious children. They each have their own personalities and abilities. Each day, week, month, and year I watch my children develop their own personalities even stronger. I think I have it all figured out, and then something happens to change it which is why I'm always looking for the perfect go to book. ...more


Your book really has changed how am talking to my children. I'm trying extremely ...more

What to Expect? The Unexpected!

Dear Delilah,As your birthday gets closer, I find myself reflecting on my pregnancy with you, and all of the plans I made for your birth. The month or so before you were born was an emotional roller coaster! There were so many ups and downs, some that had to do with my pregnancy, and some that had to do with life in general.There is a popular pregnancy book called "What to Expect When You're Expecting". My understanding is that it's filled with information about all of the horrible things that can go wrong during a pregnancy....more

Why do parents compete?

I never got it.  I never understood why from the moment I got pregnant people felt the need to tell me how I was already doing it wrong because I didn't do it their way. Yes, I'm a pro-breastfeeding, cloth diaper, AP practicing, crunchy mom.   But that's what works for me.  If people ask what we do I say "this is what works for us." "this is what we do."  I get that different things work for different people and just because someone chooses to parent differently doesn't make them a bad parent. ...more