10 Habits to Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Child

"We need 4 hugs a day for survival....more

When love and attention just aren't enough

"How much more love and affection can I give him? .... Because once you pee on your brother, you've gone too far, and we have to fix this now." What's a parent to do when a child acts out in a big way? In a recent post, we evaluated some options:...more

Everybody's got a hungry heart, especially a child with a new baby in the family

"Whereas he was once the center of your universe, he has been displaced from this paradise. He is now in time out, while you coo at his tiny rival. You cannot, of course, push back the clock to a time when he, alone, was the apple of your eye ....more

When You Pee On Your Brother, You've Gone Too Far

"This morning, he really pushed me to my limit when I realized he had peed on his 9 month old brother. And then when I put him in time-out in his room (instead of spanking him, which is really what I wanted to do) he peed in his heater vent. I feel like I try to be a good parent, so I don't know what I'm doing wrong ....more

Slow down so you can hear.

"To listen fully means to pay close attention to what is being said beneath the words....You listen not only for what someone knows, but for who he or she is. Ears operate at the speed of sound, which is far slower than the speed of light the eyes take in. Generative listening is the art of developing deeper silences in yourself, so you can slow your mind's hearing to your ears' natural speed, and hear beneath the words to their meaning." -- Peter Senge In our fast-paced life, we often take a secret pride in how busy we are, how good we are at multi-tasking, how fast we can move ....more

5 Things We Know for Sure About Raising Great Kids

"Dr. Laura....I just want to give my kids a better start in life than I had....more

When Kids Act Out: Helping Them Melt Anger So They Can Cry

“Dr. Laura…My son is wound tighter than a drum and everything makes him mad....more

How to help kids with big emotions when you have more than one child to tend to.

“Scheduled meltdowns work just as you describe with my 3.5 year old daughter…But how do I follow this technique,...more

When You Just Don't Have Time for That Meltdown

"How would you handle a situation when you have to leave the park to go get your other two children and unfortunately can't sit on the bench for thirty minutes while she cries?" - Sandra In our last post about setting limits with empathy, the three year old was upset about leaving the park, so the parent supported her through her disappointment, which involved tears and anger on the park bench. But that's not always an option. What do you do then? ...more

Potty Accidents?

Potty accidents? Wetting the bed? Peeing all over the house? ...more