It Spring and the Kids are Squirming

Hi, For some of us it’s already spring, the rest of you are still waiting but it is guaranteed to arrive eventually. It’s a beautiful sunny day outside my window so I’m going to share some thoughts about kids in … Continue reading

What Should Kids Know Before Kindergarten

Understanding Child Development Aids in Kindergarten Prep More commentary available at kids in the house. This article is primarily to help parents understand the developmental stages children go through before entering school. A good understanding of child development will help you and … Continue reading

Time Out Not The Universal Answer

 Time-Out Not The Universal Answer More commentary available at kids in the house. There are no magic answers when it comes to child discipline. Let’s face it, if I could make a pronouncement that if you do this or that … Continue reading

Making Sense of Time-Out

Hi, There are no magic answers when it comes to child discipline. Let’s face it, if I could make a pronouncement that if you do this or that every time your child misbehaves the behaviour will stop forever, I would … Continue reading

How to Make Moving Day Stress-Free

Hello, No matter what the weather when the calendar says it’s Spring the For Sale signs start popping up on lawns all over town. Moving is exciting and it’s stressful and when we have kids the stress is multiplied by … Continue reading

Child Discipline is not a party game

And yet, I am seeing what are touted as positive disciplinary tactics that are at least bizarre, certainly inappropriate and definitely have little to do with actual child discipline. The goal of child discipline is to teach, train and guide … Continue reading

Chores are Important for Teens

Hello, We know that we should involve our kids in doing chores but really sometimes it’s just easier to do it ourselves. But it is important and particularly so when our kids are teens. At that point it’s time for … Continue reading

Dad says Yes, Mom says No. How parents can work to agree on child raising practices.

In the last edition we talked about kids quareling and squabbling. Now, let’s take a look and what parents can do when they are squabbling because they can’t agree on how to raise the kids. One complaint I often hear … Continue reading

“Stop It, You Two!”

Happy New Year, One of my most popular workshop titles has always been “Stop It, You Two!” Kids squabbling and quarreling drives us all nuts and after having them on holidays it seems it never ends. So to start the … Continue reading

Calming the Christmas Rush

Merry Christmas  Christmas is the holiday we celebrate in our family. I wish you all the best with whatever holiday you celebrate with your family. In our last edition we talked about the planning for the holidays. Today we’re going … Continue reading