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Tag: discipline

Clear Expectations for My Kids and Yours

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I have worked tirelessly to evoke good manners and behaviors in my children. I have fought the good fight and dug my heels in with all the strength I could muster. I have driven home serenaded by the sounds of squealing because I refused to buy a toy at our neighborhood Target. And it is HARD.

I’m a Reformed Disciplinarian :: Why I Don’t Spank Anymore

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We forget that disciplining is not about consequences and punishment. Disciplining is about teaching our kids right from wrong and equipping them with the skills to be great communicators and emotionally sound adults. You can never spoil your child with too much love. It takes patience not to hit.

Making the Case for Intentional Parenting

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Being a parent is HARD work. We’re all doing the best that we can, but sometimes we can get so caught up in the moment that we don’t think about how things will affect our kids in the future.

How Far Does the Apple Really Fall?: Observations from a Psychologist...

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I've noticed some distinct patterns in adults that have led me to reprioritize what I consider most important in my role as a parent.

Curing the After School Blues

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The beginning of the school year brings with it a new season of moodiness, and grumpiness, and all around unpleasantness in our once joyful, exuberant kids. The witching hour of babyhood returns with a vengeance once children reach elementary school. What can we we do to ease into evenings and make our afternoons just a bit less . . . cranky?

Bringing Home Baby #2: The Good, the Bad, and the Sibling...

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When she finally arrived, my generally sweet boy with a mild wild streak somehow transformed into a 42-pound, jealous piranha overnight.

The Mid-Summer Doldrums

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That's when I realized I had a case of the mid-summer doldrums -- discontent and disappointed about how the summer was turning out, and bummed that I didn't have enough time to turn it around. It wasn't going my way.