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Part One: Happy Family Evenings Start with a Check In
Part One: Happy Family Evenings Start with a Check In

Evenings can sound so lovely … family dinner, playtime, baths, stories and cuddles. In many households, however, people don’t quite feel like they’re “livin’ the dream.” Quite the contrary, in fact.

Who is teaching whom?
Who is teaching whom?

Oh my gosh, I think I’ve got it all wrong! My “why” that gets me and up working every day is to help parents be the best version of themselves so their children get to grow up in secure, loving homes. It’s all about the parents serving the children well. Or so I thought. But this thinking […]

Parenting teens is challenging
Parenting teens is challenging

It was a typical drive to school with my 15 year old today. We started off pleasantly.
Then I started running through my checklist of things he needs to get done. Trust me, this is NOT his favorite mom-activity.

Calm Parenting
Calm Parenting

Before I had kids, I always pictured myself as a calm, loving, happy, and nurturing mother.
I was sometimes. I still am sometimes.

From Fear to Love
From Fear to Love

I’ve been thinking…. As a therapist, one of my greatest joys is bearing witness to my clients finding their voice and feeling what they feel. I help clients listen to their inner wisdom and have the courage to honor their longing for peace, calm, joy, and playfulness. I am guided in this work from a […]

Five Ways to Stop Preschool Drop Off Separation Anxiety (Yes, They Really Work!)
Five Ways to Stop Preschool Drop Off Separation Anxiety (Yes, They Really Work!)
What to Do if Your Kid Leaves Dirty Dishes Laying Around
What to Do if Your Kid Leaves Dirty Dishes Laying Around

There are times when a parent has no clue what to do. This especially happens when our innocent babies and precious toddlers become willful and defiant ‘tweens and teens. Kids capable of making choices out of laziness and disregard for their parents.Poised, charming 23-year old Annie sat on the couch in my counseling office today […]

25 MORE Things to Do in Colorado with Kids
25 MORE Things to Do in Colorado with Kids

In this second installment of “Things to Do With Kids in Colorado (that you might have forgotten about)” we’ve made another great list - and have included ALL NEW “ day bundles” - ideas of how to make one adventure into a day of fun. Just look for the words “Make it a Day!” under each listing to see suggested, tested, and approved places nearby, that wouldn’t necessarily warrant their own trip, but offer a seamless flow into lunch, picnic, and more activities.

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“Mom, I Lost My Jacket”

"Mom, I lost my jacket," my almost 12 year old son told me. "What? Grandma just gave that to you last week," I accusingly replied.  "Where did you last wear it?  Have you looked in your room?" "How could you have lost it?"  I ranted on. Then I caught myself.  Whose...

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All the Other Kids Get to Do It!
All the Other Kids Get to Do It!

If your kids are old enough to talk, you’ve probably heard things like:"Jackie’s parents let her watch anything on TV she wants to.""Mandy gets to have her computer in her room. Like…this is the 21st century." Some of us have even heard horrifying things...

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How to Get Kids to Lie
How to Get Kids to Lie

Rex had been terrorizing the other 5th graders at school. The other kids were beginning to refuse to play anywhere near him during recess. Rex's teacher was often convinced that he was behind most problems that happened when her back was turned. She explained it to...

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Thinking for Himself
Thinking for Himself

After reading Parenting with Love and Logic™, Tim's mom instituted a new bedtime policy. She told Tim that picking a sleep time was his decision. He was expected to be in his room at 8:00 each evening, but he could decide when to go to sleep. In addition to this,...

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Some Thoughts on Video, Games, Computer Games, and TV
Some Thoughts on Video, Games, Computer Games, and TV

Over the past two decades, video and computer games have become dramatically more fast-paced, realistic, and stimulating. Not long after their introduction, I began to suspect that these games had the same addictive potential as drugs, alcohol, and gambling. Today,...

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Don’t Sit on the Potty
Don’t Sit on the Potty

Okay, I guess the title of this week's tip is a bit perplexing. So is the whole subject of potty training little tykes who've developed "throne aversion syndrome." Once this sad condition takes hold, the resulting power-struggles can be enough to bring even the...

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The Love and Logic Vaccination Plan
The Love and Logic Vaccination Plan

Our world is getting more complex and dangerous for kids every day. How do we best protect them so that they will survive? Resist the urge to overprotect! Like vaccinations for physical disease, parents who apply Love and Logic allow their kids to develop...

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Will Love and Logic Work With Autistic Children?
Will Love and Logic Work With Autistic Children?

Just about everywhere I travel, someone asks me if Love and Logic will work with a child having a diagnosis of "autism-spectrum" disorder. Because this diagnosis is applied to so many different types of children…with very differing abilities and needs…it's difficult...

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