Can your children count on you? Can your kids count on what you say today meaning the same thing tomorrow?When nine-year-old Chelsey was in the fifth grade, Mr. Ramirez wanted her to work harder and perhaps bring her Bs and Cs up to As so he made her a deal, he would give her … [Read more...] about Promise Not Kept
When parents buy a toy for their children, we have visions of happy, smiling children enjoying the toy. Ideally, all the children in one family will share toys, especially if it would be too expensive to buy one for each child. Too often though, children end up fighting over the … [Read more...] about Stop Children’s Fighting Over Toys
Are you a pushover parent? Are you putty in your child’s manipulating hands?Changing your mind is quite different from caving in to wailing pleas from a child.In the beginning of my career as a Parents Anonymous parent I thought once I gave a decision that it was written … [Read more...] about PMS and Changing Consequences
Father’s Day is approaching once again with many looking forward to celebrations but for me, it is bittersweet.My parents divorced in 1975 when I was already an adult; while I was not happy about the news, I accepted it. I expected my relationship with each parent would … [Read more...] about A Father’s Day Message To Dads
Every parent wonders whether a child is old enough to be left alone, and for the first few times we will worry they will be safe on their own.The law does not dictate how old a child must be before they can be left alone at home. However, the law does state that any child … [Read more...] about Home Alone—How Old Is Old Enough?