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 February 29, 2012
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 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 July 29, 2011
It’s just about this time of year that I start hearing from parents that they are D.O.N.E. with summer.
They’re ready for the structure that the school year brings…they’re ready for letting someone else tire out their children…ready for some down time. Without the kids….
Posted on February 21, 2011
Many loving, compassionate, and mild-mannered parents have been reduced to red-faced, jaw-clenching maniacs who imagine unmentionable fates befalling small children….if that small child hurt their kid’s feelings. On purpose….
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 March 1, 2010
“Life’s unfair” “Act your age!” “Because I said so!” “Don’t make me come over there…” “I said, SIT DOWN!” As our children grow and become more adept at challenging our boundaries, an incredible thing happens. Our kind language… Read More
Posted on December 1, 2009
When my daughter was younger she used this phrase during her “a-ha!” moments. I thought it was adorable then, but as I’ve reflected on family and the holidays over the past week preparing for this newsletter, I was struck by the truth in this statement.
It amazes me the ease with which mindlessness creeps
Posted on October 1, 2009
Every day we wake in our bed, turn off the alarm, stumble down the hallway and start our morning routine. We make our first attempt to rouse the oldest, and whoa….well, you know how she is…. Then we… Read More