Great Parenting

Child Development: Teaching Them to Share and Become More Empathetic

I’ve been writing a lot lately about the power of Jennifer Kolari’s parenting work. She has taught me a lot about how to connect with my kids and work through major issues such as sibling rivalry, anxiety and behavioral issues. Last Saturday, a long-standing source of problems with the kids sharing was resolved, and along …

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Let’s Get Organized Now

Pam Young is co-author of the best-selling book Sidetracked Home Executives: from Pigpen to Paradise, which has sold over a million copies and is still in book stores after three decades. She teaches with humor and insight and her audiences take away strategies and practical steps to self-improvement in whatever area they choose. Pam encourages …

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Love is Not Enough, Especially if It Doesn’t Get Through: Learn to Connect with Your Kids

When my daughter is angry, I can have a tough time connecting emotionally with her. I want to, because I believe all the research and experts who say that it will help them mature, as well as become more resilient and effective problem solvers. I’ve read tons of great books on the importance of a …

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How to Set Your Family up for a Great Weekend or Summer Day

It is summertime! While this is a glorious time of year, it presents unique challenges for parents. All parents work, whether you are a stay-at-home, work-at-home parent or at the office. Summer, like weekends, presents many opportunities to connect with our kids, and often many conflicts with the work that still needs to be done! …

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Sibling Rivalry

One of the biggest triggers for parents, especially when your kids are young, is fighting. When you love both of your kids and they are being mean to each other, it can be very hard not to be reactive. Unfortunately often our reaction is not helpful and causes more tension and fighting. When my kids …

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Resolutions that will Make You and Your Family Happier, Healthier and More Successful!

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. ~ William Butler Yeats As New Year’s Day approaches, it is natural to think about resolutions and goals for 2010. Yeats’ quote can be a great motivator and a reminder why goals are so important. If we wait until …

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Help with Organizing and the Importance of Finding Your Pause Button

You want to be the best parent you can be. However, if you are buried in clutter, or blowing up at your kids, you can’t be your best. That’s why last week I kicked off the Great Parenting Show with interviews with Marla Cilley, the organizational expert better known as the FlyLady, and Hal Runkel, …

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Living with Irreconcilable Differences: The Choice to Minimize or Maximize the Impact on Your Kids?

I read the other day that Larry King and his wife were filing for divorce, citing “Irreconcilable Differences.” That was yet another reminder to me to write this post about living with irreconcilable differences . I realize that some couples exist who have melded enough to not feel that they have any irreconcilable differences. Gay …

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Confessions of a (Sometimes) Workaholic and Perfectionistic Mom

If you caught my interview on The Parenting Summit, or you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know I am a recovering perfectionist. I love helping other parents reduce their perfectionism because this has been such a healing and joyful journey for me. I get to share with you the many techniques that I’ve learned …

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