Posted on January 28, 2013
When our children are speaking to us about all of the injustice they face, like having to clean up a mess or not getting a playdate, they will often use those lovely trigger words “always” and “never.”
You never let me have playdates!
I always have to do more work than her!
Posted on November 28, 2011
Many parents have expressed to me a desire to be more patient. They wonder how the other parents at the park seem to have it so “together” and I’m sure they never “lose it” when their child won’t get in the car seat. Other parents just seem to know “how to handle things like that” with more patience…
Posted on October 26, 2011
If there’s one thing all parents agree on, it’s that they find their child’s whining to be unpleasant. Our feelings about whining range from finding it uncomfortable and frustrating, to incredibly painful….worse than nails on a chalkboard.
Posted on August 31, 2011
This usually means we wish they would make something easier for us; like putting their shoes on without fuss, diving into homework without hassle, or going to bed without needing to be re-settled again and again.
But what does “act your age” really mean?
Posted on May 30, 2011
The first round is in the fall, as they drop off teary, sad, and scared kids at a new school, or in a new classroom.
The second is in May, as parents are the ones with tears. We say goodbye to our beloved….
Posted on July 1, 2010
The dog days of summer are upon us, which brings blissful afternoons at the pool, best friend sleepovers, exciting family vacations, and often a lot less patience from parents. It’s usually by this time each summer that parents… Read More
Posted on September 1, 2009
As children enter their second year of life they are standing on the edge of a developmental cliff. They are separating from their parents and defining an individual identity, a “self” – and they are recognizing that there… Read More