When You and Your Child Need Some First Aid Fast

"When we act with love, trying to understand the other person, it is easy, natural to have more patience." -- Alice Uchida All parents have hard days sometimes. Maybe we find ourselves in an escalating cycle with our child, where we see everything she does through a negative lens. Maybe we have an interaction with him that leaves wounds ....more

5 Ways You Can Teach Emotional Intelligence & Social Skills Every Day

“When they were fighting over ownership of something I would say ‘Jacob, say... ‘Excuse me Sarah, when you're finished may I have a turn please?’’ and then wait for him to repeat my words. And then I would turn to Sarah and say ‘Sarah, say.. ....more

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