Homeschooling Parents: Relationship is Key

I recently received an email from a parent who home schools her two boys. She asked if there were any Love and Logic® tools for home school parents. Through my own experience homeschooling my daughters, as well as coaching other parents in the Seattle area – two fantastic resources came to mind: The Love and … Continue reading Homeschooling Parents: Relationship is Key

The Family Meal

I recently taught a mom and dad a simple but powerful tool: eating using the family meal style. It was wonderful to hear that after two weeks, they had made eating family meal style a regular experience in their household. Before I go into a more detailed description, there were two comments that came from … Continue reading The Family Meal

Kids, Manners, and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time we set aside each year to step back and count our blessings. This is a lot easier to do when our kids use manners! I recently met with a mom in the seattle area for parent coaching; she asked a great question: “How do I teach manners?” She shared she had … Continue reading Kids, Manners, and Thanksgiving

Sometimes Love Doesn’t

I’m reading a great book called “Love Does” by Bob Goff. Bob outlines how to love people through what you do, not what you say. As a Christian, this hits home because, let’s face it, throughout history Christians’ words don’t match up to their actions. I also think that part of the reason this message … Continue reading Sometimes Love Doesn’t

Kids Naturally Want Freedom and Control

As kids develop their desire for freedom also grows. I was reminded of this while thinking about my chickens. Yes, I have chickens. They’re about 5 months old, and watching them develop from little chicks has been very interesting. My husband calls their chicken coop “The Chicken Palace.” He’s right. It has water and electricity … Continue reading Kids Naturally Want Freedom and Control

How Parents Can Respond to a Needy Child and Build Their Self Control

Here is a great question I received from a mother of a 3-year-old girl: Help needed: In the last few months, have noticed a growing trend. After we put her to bed…the “requests”…rather the “demands” begin. “MOMMY!!! MOMMMY!!! MMMMMMOOOOOOMMMMYYYYY!!!” At first it was simple stuff that’s easy to fix…”I have to pee.” I thought I … Continue reading How Parents Can Respond to a Needy Child and Build Their Self Control

3 Must-Have Keys to Tailoring Love and Logic® Tools For Your Child

First, A Parent’s Success Story: Recently, I received this email from a GREAT mom! When you read her note to me, listen for how she adjusted the tool for the personality of her child and how she thinks creatively about the tool application. “My daughter is doing so much better since I started the class … Continue reading 3 Must-Have Keys to Tailoring Love and Logic® Tools For Your Child

My Child is Talking Back When I Use the Energy Drain Tool From Love and Logic. What Do I Do?

Common Parenting Question About Energy Drain Difficulties: I recently received a great question from a parent. It is a situation that occurs frequently, I know I dealt with it when our kids were growing up: “I have an 8 year old and have been trying to use the energy drain with him. I started last … Continue reading My Child is Talking Back When I Use the Energy Drain Tool From Love and Logic. What Do I Do?

I Have Taken Away Everything That “Means Life” to My Child But They Are Still Misbehaving

Here is a great question I received from a parent: What do you do when you have taken away everything that “means life” to a child and they still are misbehaving? Here’s the deal, when kids misbehave it is for attention. Attention is defined for people as gaining emotional connection and/or control. So when consequences … Continue reading I Have Taken Away Everything That “Means Life” to My Child But They Are Still Misbehaving

How to Talk With Your Upset Child/Teen When They Expect You to Give Them a Solution

Here is a question I received when I spoke at a conference recently: “How best do you work with an older kid/teen when they are getting upset and they want you to give them a solution?” There are a few Love and Logic® tools that are useful: First, Always Offer Empathy Empathy helps to connect … Continue reading How to Talk With Your Upset Child/Teen When They Expect You to Give Them a Solution