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

New Parenting Rule When Your Child Keeps Wanting to Sleep in Your Bed

When the Parent’s Sleep Takes Priority… First off, this new rule does not apply to Night Terror issues. For night terrors, the child’s need is more important. With that said, when the kid is just wanting to come sleep in your bed and IS NOT experiencing night terrors – the parent’s sleep is more important. … Continue reading New Parenting Rule When Your Child Keeps Wanting to Sleep in Your Bed

Parenting Challenge with Empathetic Responses from Love and Logic® and 5 Tips to Conquer It!

Today I met with a mom who has been using Love and Logic® and her empathetic one-liner is “I love you too much to argue.” The problem is that she keeps arguing with her 10-year-old daughter. Back and forth, round and round until both of them are in total frustration and tears. When I pointed … Continue reading Parenting Challenge with Empathetic Responses from Love and Logic® and 5 Tips to Conquer It!

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

A Parenting Road Map Will Make Your Family Stronger and Happier

Parenting From My Perspective I think a lot of parents (including me) initially find themselves just treading water in communication with their child, without any real map or guide – just sort of guessing as to what to do when issues come up, and hoping for the best. It’s not that we don’t care about … Continue reading A Parenting Road Map Will Make Your Family Stronger and Happier

Styles of Parenting – Is it ever too late to change your parenting style?

Does Parenting Education (Classes, Coaching, Love and Logic, etc…) Help Parents of Teenagers? I had a client who was a mother of a rebellious teenager. The mother’s words were “he does not respect me.” Mom was concerned that it was too late for her relationship with her son and that Love and Logic® strategies were only … Continue reading Styles of Parenting – Is it ever too late to change your parenting style?