Halloween is when the first inklings of holiday music appear but Thanksgiving is the true ready-set-go that unleashes the December frenzy. Many parents feel powerless to do anything but go with the status quo flow.Long before families tire of turkey leftovers, children begin … [Read more...] about Gratitude Paradox: Teaching What Works
“You did it – it is your fault!”Many claim credit for positive things that occur; cleaning the bathroom mirror, feeding the dog or finding the answer to the riddle on page nine but nobody lays claim to anything negative.“I didn’t leave the milk sitting out!” “Those paper … [Read more...] about Blame & Shame
My grandmother Mur used to say, “There is more than one way to skin a cat,” and she was right.This past weekend I came up with a new way to do my work that will save me time. I was so pleased with myself that I thought about my father and wished he could see what I have … [Read more...] about Chores: Let Kids Do What Works
To snoop or not to snoop, that is the question. Is it nobler to turn a blind eye or should you become a detective?In Parents Anonymous meetings, parents had many lively, informative discussions on a myriad of topics. This time it was snooping and whether or not it is … [Read more...] about Snooping, Yes or No?
Perspectives can change our emotional responses dramatically.Human beings are emotional creatures and being a parent often magnifies those feelings. Watching a nameless child hit a home run is not nearly as exciting as watching your own child hit a run. A child failing … [Read more...] about Parental Perspectives