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Consequences are Better Than Punishment

Consequences are Better Than Punishment

Sometimes, when I am angry and full of wrath, my responses to my kids’ misbehavior crosses a line from being consequence into being a punishment. ...

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Children and Lying: Honesty is the Best Policy

Children and Lying: Honesty is the Best Policy

  Two Things Parents Do About Lying One of our Facebook friends wrote, "Is lying about brushing your teeth something to drop for my 11-year-old s ...

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Staying Focused on What We Can Control

Staying Focused on What We Can Control

When it comes to strong-willed and defiant kids, it can be easy to get pulled into power struggles over things we cannot control. In this short vi ...

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Don’t Raise an Entertainment Junkie

Don’t Raise an Entertainment Junkie

Children who’ve spent their first few years of life being entertained by television, exciting toys with batteries, and well-meaning adults lack c ...

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Walking the Rescue Tightrope

Walking the Rescue Tightrope

Do you ever feel like you are walking on a tightrope? On one side of the narrow line is a scary drop into “Overprotection Canyon” while the other ...

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3 Reasons It Is Okay for Kids to Know About Love and Logic

3 Reasons It Is Okay for Kids to Know About Love and Logic

Is it okay for kids to overhear us listening to Love and Logic audios, know we are taking the classes or see us reading the books? Yes! At the Lo ...

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Help! My Kids Act Out in the Store

Help! My Kids Act Out in the Store

Do you ever feel anxiety about going to the store because you’re dreading how your kids will act? Every day, otherwise strong adults are brought t ...

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Raising Good Human Beings

Raising Good Human Beings

I recently asked a wise friend a question: How do we ensure that we are raising good human beings? The wise friend responded with another questio ...

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Children and Lying: Stop Lying Before It Starts

Children and Lying: Stop Lying Before It Starts

George Washington may have said, "I cannot tell a lie. I chopped down the cherry tree," but I'm not sure about that. Humans have an inborn tende ...

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The Best Advice for Helping Kids with Special Needs

The Best Advice for Helping Kids with Special Needs

“Err on the side of believing they are capable.” Those words changed my life. I sat in Dr. Charles Fay’s office and told him stories of the extrem ...

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A New Me

A New Me

Many of us do it every year. We make a firm decision to turn over a new leaf. We are going to cut junk food, cut carbs, cut spending… you know th ...

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Park the Snow Plow

Park the Snow Plow

In the 1970s, Jim Fay warned of the perils of parenting like a helicopter. Constant hovering and unnecessary rescuing send kids unspoken messages ...

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