Good Parenting Isn’t Just Luck

Parent On Purpose Good parenting is done on purpose. Years ago, young parents learned parenting from their parents. In fact, many times young parents lived with extended family making parenting a shared experience. Due to couples having children later in life, changes in geographic area and other influencing factors, parents are much more on their … Continue reading Good Parenting Isn’t Just Luck

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 are Empowered when they Give

I work at a great children, family and community support agency in my small town. It is a privilege to be a part of an organization that helps so many in my community. Recently, I received an email from our community support manager asking if any of my clients in need would be interested in … Continue reading Kids are Empowered when they Give

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

Parents Must Establish Authority – Bus Monitor Bullied Part 2

In the previous post, I expressed my concern with the way the school district had not prepared their employee to handle these situations – then asked how parents can learn from this. With this popular news story, it is easy to fall into the trap of judging other people and their families – but instead, … Continue reading Parents Must Establish Authority – Bus Monitor Bullied Part 2

Shame on the School District – Bus Monitor Bullied Part 1

First off, I want to warn you that this series will be a little different than my normal posts on practical parenting tips and tools. I found this story fascinating, and perhaps, the media coverage even more so. Also, I feel that there is much we can learn from these incidents as parents, and we … Continue reading Shame on the School District – Bus Monitor Bullied Part 1

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

3 Parenting Tips for When Kids Lie

One of our Facebook fans wrote, “Is lying about brushing your teeth something to drop for my 11-year-old son? As we are pressing into the teenage years I am questioning what is worth not letting go because it is still lying which I don’t want to condone.” Lying is unacceptable and wise parents don’t ignore … Continue reading 3 Parenting Tips for When Kids Lie

The Parent is the Expert

I have countless stories about how great parents were faced with difficult problems with their child – medical issues, learning challenges, and behavioral issues seem to be the top three. In a lot of the cases, a parent was told by a professional to go in one direction, but overtime trusted their gut and led … Continue reading The Parent is the Expert

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