December 12, 2017

You Are So Smart – What Not to Say to Your Kids!

This article below was posted on my Facebook this morning and it hit right at home with me. I have felt that there was just something off about telling my kids they were smart. My #3 is brilliant and will not try anything if he cannot succeed immediately at it! Frustration has reigned since he […]

Respite Care for Adopted Children

Continuing on the Adoption: Let’s Be Honest series, I wanted to talk about respite care for adopted children. This is a hard subject for some mostly because it feels like defeat when we need to ask for a break. But we do sometimes need a break if we have children that are struggling with attachment […]

Therapeutic Parenting Techniques

Next up in the Adoption: Let’s Be Honest series is therapeutic parenting techniques. Sounds like some hocus pocus language, right? That is what I thought too! I was so confused about why my parenting instincts seemed to be way off the mark at the most critical moments. I didn’t normally yell, wasn’t a belitter, didn’t […]

Movement Therapy for Adopted/Foster Children

I shared with you in my series Adoption: Let’s Be Honest, that I would be giving parents looking to adopt or having adopted tools to be prepared when the pain of these children comes out. Today, we are looking at movement therapy for adopted/foster children. Because trauma in children manifests itself in many different ways, […]

Book Review: School Struggles by Richard Selznick, PhD

I had an opportunity to review the book School Struggles by Richard Selznick, PhD last week. The subtitle of this book is A Guide to Your Shut-down Learner’s Success. That is actually a better title because this book is a practical guidebook on navigating your mostly behaviorally challenged child through the maze of school. This […]

Parent Resources Guidance

You know the age old lament – “kids don’t come with instruction manuals!” (I have even caught myself saying it!)? Well I decided to give you some parent resources guidance. It is a bit like a manual in that I put several resources in this one article to have at your fingertips. This website also […]

Raising Sons to be Men

Raising sons to be men is hard enough in a two-parent family. But for a single mom, this can seem insurmountable. However, this is not necessarily the case anymore. That is good news for women who are struggling to be both mom and dad. There are certain traits that boys must learn (and some they must […]

Helping Kids Resolve Conflict

One of the toughest parent assignments we have is helping kids resolve conflict. Starting at an early age, we realize these babes are not born with any conflict resolution skills. Considering “mine” is right up there on one of the first words they learn. We know from that, we are going to need to be […]

Struggling with Kids Homework

School’s back in session. This brings cheers and groans from parents. The groans are for the struggling with kids homework. The cheers are for much needed breathing space from said kids! I have an idea! Let’s change things up. Click like below if you are on board! No more hassles over the homework! Done – finished, […]

Effective Discipline for Children

There are a lot of questions that come up when you find you are expecting a sweet baby. On the top of the list is what is effective discipline for children. There are so many schools of thought out there that a new parent (and even experienced parents) can get swallowed up. I thought it would […]

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