My pre-teen daughter asked to have a new friend stay overnight and even though I didn’t know the girl or the parents I said, “Sure, the more the merrier.” Chelsey’s friend Sharon was very bright; her parents were progressive to say the least. She was funny and very clever; she … [Read more...] about House Rules Posted on the Refrigerator
With so many extra curricular activities going on with our kids these days, it gets more and more difficult for them to find time to spend with friends. And anyone who is familiar with child development will attest to the fact that playdates play an important role in the social … [Read more...] about Best Times of Day for Playdate Scheduling
When you are really listening and trying to understand your children it is important to guard against some of the things that seem to come naturally when you are trying to help. Often when our children express their fears, hurts, and anger, we rush in to “fix things”... It is … [Read more...] about Three Top Tips to Help Parents Fight the Urge to “Fix” Everything!
Many years ago my favorite non-stick frying pan disappeared from its usual place in the kitchen and I could not find it for the life of me. For more than a week I looked everywhere: in the oven, in the pantry, under the island, in the cabinets, under the sink and even in the … [Read more...] about What We Learned from a Missing Frying Pan
Hypocritical as that may sound but even smoker parents do not want their children to take up the habit of smoking. Most children start with ‘smoking just for the heck of it’ and before you know it they are well on their way to becoming chain smokers. It is precisely why people … [Read more...] about 3 ways to ensure that your kids never take up smoking