Best Parenting Tips

Stop Saying Okay, Okay?

December 9, 2020

I’ve been hearing something on the playground a lot lately. I’m going to tell you about it, okay? Many a parent abdicates authority right at the moment they are trying to assert it. With one word. Okay? Next time you are out, try listening for anybody using the word - over and over again - [...]

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Inside Voice vs. Outside Voice

June 14, 2021

A friend’s husband recently described his toddler as becoming a person, only louder. Boy did he have that right! How such decibels can fly out of their windpipes at a moment’s notice is beyond me. The other night at dinner, my toddler and her friend were scampering down the hallway communicating with the dolphins. You [...]

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Preventative Misbehavior

June 7, 2021

Now that summer is here, it just might be time to let loose and give you and your child room to misbehave. What??? Yes, misbehave. I’ll explain. Be loud, break things, throw things, jump, yell, get exceedingly dirty. Feel free yet? OK, maybe a little childish, but that’s the idea. Especially for your child! Most [...]

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Setting Boundaries At Home

April 20, 2021

Do you adhere to the same boundaries that you set for your little one? I’m sure you don’t throw food, don’t hit your sister, and rarely talk back to your mother. Right? But I’m referring to things like talking with your mouth full, standing while eating, and interrupting people when they are talking. My family [...]

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Time In vs. Time Out: How to Get Your Kid To Cooperate

April 5, 2021

I’ve been reading this book, The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D., and it’s really changed my perspective on raising a toddler. I’ve been relying on instincts, as I’m sure many (if not most) parents do at one time or another and now I realize that my instincts were leading me astray. [...]

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Great Parenting Tips For Moms

December 18, 2020

I was recently going through a stack of old magazines (they pile up and sit there for ages, don’t they?) and saw a great article in Parents Magazine from December of last year called The 50 Best Ever Tips for Moms. Talk about good stuff! Here are a few of the ones I think are [...]

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