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The Honest Truth About Why Kids Lie

The Honest Truth About Why Kids Lie

I regularly receive calls from concerned parents because their child is lying.   The reason: ALL kids do it!  But all lying isn’t the same and all “lies” aren’t even lies. 

Five Ways To Nurture Gratitude & Appreciation

Five Ways To Nurture Gratitude & Appreciation

Yes, we all do it. We make them say “thank you” even when they’re not feeling gratitude or appreciation. Maybe they just don’t understand or recognize…

Setting Intentions vs Setting Goals

Setting Intentions vs Setting Goals

In the new year, we are motivated to set goals related to what we are going to do more or less of to better ourselves. Ever thought of setting intentions?

Technology Time: Setting Limits That Work

Technology Time: Setting Limits That Work

As parents, it is our responsibility to set limits.  And every family’s values and structure is different.  It is important to have a conversation with your child about limits look like in your family…

Preschool Choices: Play Is The Way

Preschool Choices: Play Is The Way

Do you want your little one to be happy and find success throughout their life? Do you feel the need to tour and enroll your child in the top schools in your city in order to get them into a good university…

When A Parent Is Diagnosed With An Illness

When A Parent Is Diagnosed With An Illness

Being the parent of an 11- and 13-year-old, I am shocked at the number of families we know that have a parent with a life-threatening illness. When I was growing up, I don’t remember hearing of friends or classmates who had to handle these types of family challenges or stresses. 

My Child Is Out Of Control!

My Child Is Out Of Control!

Are you concerned that your child is “out of control” when they are: acting aggressively, talking over others, grabbing, have difficulty taking turns or simply doing things you have asked them not to? Many parents get frustrated by their child’s lack of self or impulse control, especially when their child knows the rules or the consequences of breaking them.

Time Outs: Friend or Foe?

Time Outs: Friend or Foe?

Using Timeouts is a hot and touchy topic!  Most parents tell me it is not effective and is used in a heated moment when they don't know what else to do.  That is why I want to share with you new and better ways to use timeouts in your parenting.  I was interviewed a while back for a piece in ParentMap Magazine on this topic and also appeared on Fox News in Seattle to answer questions about when, why and how we use timeouts in our parenting. I wanted to make sure I got all of your questions answered about timeouts so that you too can use this intervention more effectively and respectfully.