Teaching Children to Cover their Mouths Before Coughing

Recently, I observed a parent tell their child to cover their mouth when the child coughed. No big deal. Here is the issue though: in about an hour time frame she told him 15 times. Not once did the child cover his mouth. He simply ignored her. What went wrong? Why could she not teach … Continue reading Teaching Children to Cover their Mouths Before Coughing

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 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

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

What Type of Parent Are You?

Knowing your natural parenting style is important so that you can adjust your natural responses to line up with how you want to parent. We are all surprised when what comes out of our mouth is exactly what our mother or father said. If you are like me, I love my mother but there are … Continue reading What Type of Parent Are You?

The school year is coming!

As parents our lives seem to be focused by the school calendar. Although I was always very happy for my three daughters to be with me all summer in June, oh the freedom of the summer by about August 20th or so I was ready for the routine of the school year. So, that routine is … Continue reading The school year is coming!