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Can you really force your child to behave?

Why can’t they just listen, sit down calmly, and do what you say?  How many times do you have to plead or even raise your voice to say… “Don’t put that in your hair!” “Stop bouncing the ball off the wall because daddy is...

Happy Thanksgiving!

The very fact that you are reading this blog post tells me you are conscious about your parenting. I believe one of the noblest things we parents can do for this planet is to raise children who feel seen, known, and loved. I want to thank you from my heart for the...

Ugh…I just need a break!

There never seems to be enough time in the day to get things done. You know, all those little things outside of wiping butts, making lunches, helping with homework, building your teens’ character by saying, “NO,” and doing something that pulls at your time and...

Preparing Kids for the Real World

Last week, I talked about how we cannot force our children to behave any more than someone can force us to drive the speed limit, pay our bills, or show up to work on time. Yes, there are consequences if we don’t, but can anyone really force us? Does that mean we have...

How to Have a Better Family Dinner Conversation

It’s possible that dinner conversation is not quite what you had dreamed of. I had fantasies of a happy family gathered around, politely eating a meal that they appreciated and each person happily chatting about their day, one at a time. If you have that,...