8 Tips for Talking to Kids about Tragic News Events

8 Tips for Talking to Kids about Tragic News Events

Note from the editor, June 13, 2016: Our hearts go out to the Orlando community after suffering the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. These parenting tips, though originally written after the Paris attacks, can offer guidance in helping children process any tragic and traumatic news. Our thoughts are with the people of Paris in the aftermath […]

Why Do Kids Test Our Patience? How Do We Pass The Test?

Why Do Kids Test Our Patience? How Do We Pass The Test?

Kids will bend, stretch, even shatter the limits of a parent’s patience. And anyone who pretends otherwise either doesn’t spend much time with their kids or is being coerced by a child with a grape juice-loaded water gun pointed at the white living room love seat. Can we blame the little guys for testing boundaries, […]

Navigating the Half-Million+ Parenting Decisions from Birth to 18

Navigating the Half-Million+ Parenting Decisions from Birth to 18

From kids “yogurt-skiing” in the kitchen to the sometimes “chainsaw reactions” of parents, early childhood and family mental health clinician Gail Rafferty discusses the formidable, profound, and funny adventures of parenting in the video below. Did you know that “Any parent . . . on any given day is making about a 100 small or […]

Calm, Effective Discipline for Kids Who Don’t Listen

Calm, Effective Discipline for Kids Who Don’t Listen

A common frustration among parents is kids who don’t listen. There are a number of reasons why a child may struggle with listening: testing boundaries, ineffective communication, challenging authority, undiagnosed speech-language disorder, distractions, and so on. Today, our focus is on children who don’t listen because they’re challenging authority. In the video below, clinical psychologist […]

6 Tips for Truly Tuning in to Your Child

6 Tips for Truly Tuning in to Your Child

What do children want? Oh, they may demand a multitude of things on the regular, but what are they not saying? In this video, author and parenting expert Nikki Bush shares these six insightful tips for truly tuning in to your child: How To . . . recognize what your child wants and needs; teach […]

Tips for Raising Happy Little Readers

Tips for Raising Happy Little Readers

Did you know that you can boost your child’s future annual earning potential by $50K for each year you read with him or her during the formative years? In addition, early literacy has been linked to future academic success. And what little one doesn’t love to curl up with a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle […]

Showing Kids the Path to Success in Every Failure

Showing Kids the Path to Success in Every Failure

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” -Napoleon Hill It’s okay for kids to feel disappointment after their mistakes, failures, and oopsies. It’s not okay to shame them or expect them to repress their emotions. Processing feelings in a healthy manner is natural and necessary. […]

Vegan Lifestyle for Kids: Pros and Cons

Vegan Lifestyle for Kids: Pros and Cons

My daughter is a die-hard carnivore, and I love my fish and dairy, but we, like other families of late, are side eyeing veganism. Five words make it more appealing with every trip to the grocery store: beef, the environment, the economy. The quick and dirty: The consumption of beef and dairy products is eating […]

33 Tips for Raising Happy Kids

If we strip it all down to the parenting essentials, we just want to keep our kids alive and not mess them up . . . too much. And, if we can manage to raise them into happy, healthy adults, then that’s beyond icing! That’s what Dr. Seuss would call “Beautiful schlopp with a cherry […]