Most parents would never intentionally hurt their children, but unfortunately some do. Our self-esteem and what other people think of us are sometimes at the opposite ends of the scale. If I evaluate my worth, I take into account the volunteer work I do and how others value me … [Read more...] about Self-Esteem In Children: What Is Our Role?
“Remember that old story Daddy used to tell about taking the boys snipe hunting?” Family stories are the glue that sometimes carries us through the most difficult of times. We all have them – your grandparents, uncles and aunts, your cousins and siblings— all know and … [Read more...] about Storytelling Is The Glue
Parents in my Parents Anonymous Group often discussed bribery and rewards but many confused the two. What exactly is the difference and why does it matter? HINT: Bribes are not planned beforehand and parents are pressured in the moment; rewards are usually planned by the … [Read more...] about Bribery And Rewards: What’s The Difference?
Parents changing the focus from negative to positive can make a world of difference. Let’s face it, our society functions on negativity and threats; kids don’t study -- they fail tests, adults get involved in an accident – their insurance goes up. If you think about it, even … [Read more...] about Positive Parenting Police
“When you take a parent’s old discipline tools away, you need to replace them with new tools.” I made that comment during a TV interview many years ago for a documentary about child abuse from a parent’s perspective. I never wanted to hit my children like my parents did but I … [Read more...] about Choices Give Kids Power