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Free Play or Structured Activities for Six-Year-Olds: How Do They Learn Best?

The snapshot of a six-year-old is decidedly different from when he was four or five. Their attention spans have increased along with their self-control....

The College Craze – How Does it Affect Your Teenager, Your Younger Child, and You?

Middle School Muddles If your child is finishing middle school or entering high school college talk may begin. While you can keep things calm at...

Helping Kids Wait With Language: Taking (Some) Struggles Away

One of the most difficult things for a child to do is wait. There are two big reasons why this is really hard for...

Are You an Angry Parent–Sometimes? How Anger Gives Birth to Great Ideas

Remember that day you yelled so loud, so long, you thought you’d never stop? Then you apologized even longer than all the screaming took until...

More Than Two Kids: How Do Parents Manage?

With many years of working with families, I’ve noticed that parents with two kids have a different life than parents of three or more....

Should Worried Parents Invade the Privacy of Their Children and Teens

There are times when a mother gets the feeling she should be worried about her child or teen. She notices changes in habits or...

Emotional Contagion – Catching Your Child’s Feelings When You Use Parental Intelligence

Emotions are contagious! Parents can catch strong emotions in their children alerting us to cues of their feelings without a word expressed. Parents catch a...

5 Ideas To Help You Reconnect With Your Spouse

Sometimes, kids create a disconnect between the parents.  There are times when I feel like it’s 9pm before my husband and I ever touch...

How Discipline Promotes Healthy Future Relationships

In terms of healthy, lasting relationships, I do not claim any victories. I can attest to being an abject failure in terms of love,...

The Art of Saying No

"Mommy, I ate two bites of breakfast. I'm full. Can I have a candy?" "No." It's dawning on me that I say no a lot. I...