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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!)

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If you’re raising “that kid,” hang in there
If you’re raising “that kid,” hang in there

This kid that made me want to pull my hair out is now the grown-up kid who makes my heart sing. Sometimes the most challenging kids to raise turn out to be incredible adults. If you're raising "that kid," hang in there. Don't give up. They're worth it. ...

Mom: High Achieving and the Hazards of Being One
Mom: High Achieving and the Hazards of Being One

Are you a high-achieving mom? Did you work hard and get good grades in school? Or do you go after your goals and expect to achieve them? Are you committed to being a good mom? As well as willing to work hard? I know your type. It’s a blessing and a curse at the same ...

Can you really force your child to behave?
Can you really force your child to behave?

Forcing your child to behave may seem like the best approach now, but what happens when you develop a pattern of needing your child to behave for you to be calm? You then give your child tremendous power. They now have a bit of control over your emotions. ...

Ugh…I just need a break!
Ugh…I just need a break!

Do you want to guess how many unused spa gift certificates I have laying around somewhere? Most days, it’s just unrealistic to slip away for a half-day or more. But, hey, I’d be happy to go to the bathroom uninterrupted. ...

Is happiness a choice?
Is happiness a choice?

Many of us are in the hustle and bustle of life and haven’t intentionally sat down to think about what joy and happiness looks like in our relationships and parenting. ...

Please take good care of my boy
Please take good care of my boy

We parents all want our kids, when they’re teens, to be able to come to us with their struggles, don’t we? And we want to feel close when they’re adults? If so, then much of parenting is about preparing kids for their adolescence. If they learn when they’re little that their “bad decisions” lead to ...

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. ...

What to Do if Your Kid Leaves Dirty Dishes Laying Around
What to Do if Your Kid Leaves Dirty Dishes Laying Around

Poised, charming 23-year old Annie sat on the couch in my counseling office today and told me a brilliant parenting strategy that her dad pulled on her when she was a young teen. ...

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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Protecting Your Daughter on the Internet
Protecting Your Daughter on the Internet

After several discussions about the dangers of giving out any personal information on the Internet, Mom designed her own secret email address pretending to be an older boy. To her amazement she was able to contact her own daughter, who not only gave out her personal...

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How Nana Nixed the Naughty Word
How Nana Nixed the Naughty Word

Little kids can be clever. It's fun to make them put their brains to work. One mom told me her son had gotten into the habit of using an unacceptable phrase. All her lecturing and punishing didn`t work. Then he made the mistake of using it while Nana was babysitting....

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Some Thoughts on Parenting With Words
Some Thoughts on Parenting With Words

Those familiar with Love and Logic know that we're big on kids learning life's critical lessons by making lots of affordable mistakes and experiencing the affordable consequences of such mistakes. We're not so big on trying to teach important lessons through...

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The Power of the Almighty Dollar
The Power of the Almighty Dollar

A dad shared this one with me: Each week his mother sends a letter and a dollar bill to his son. His son waits for those letters from Grandma with great excitement, and a little greed. The little guy loved saving those dollars. He counted and recounted them. Money...

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Training For Shopping
Training For Shopping

When Dan was little and went shopping with his mom, the words he heard most were "Don't touch!" When he became a dad and went shopping with his kids, the words he said most were"Don't touch!" It was frustrating to shop with his kids. They wanted to touch everything....

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School Success
School Success

I've lost count of the number of phone calls I have received from frustrated educators telling about a student who appears to have no motivation for schoolwork. When I ask about the child's home life I often hear that the family is in turmoil, or that the child has...

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Giving Choices Can Be Fun!
Giving Choices Can Be Fun!

I almost always do a lousy job of giving choices when I'm tired, frustrated, and trying to think of them on the spot. Are you like me? I've seen how much smoother life becomes when I give appropriate choices...but for some reason I get out of the habit. Someone gave...

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