Handling Defiance: You're Not the Boss of Me!

"Dr. Laura...How should I respond when he yells...more

I'm not OK and You're not OK, but that's OK!

"Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything;...more

How To Find the Sweet Spot Between Too Strict and Too Permissive

"How do you hit the happy medium between Strict and Permissive parenting? I don't want to be mean, but I do want my kids to do what I say." -- Mike Most parents seem to struggle with questions about whether they're being too strict or too permissive....more

When You and Your Child Are Stuck in a Bad Pattern

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." -- Carl Rogers "Our wounds can heal and become our source of power." -- Gail Larsen Sages say that raising children is one of the best paths to enlightenment because it stretches the heart and teaches us to love. ...more

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