Common Views Parents Have of Their Kids

It's September, and as parents, we are excited to have our kids go back to school (except for those parents who are first-year preschool parents, and are agonizing and missing their precious little one, but you'll get over it.) You may catch yourself saying, "Your job is to be a student, so make … [Read more...]

The Blur of Being a Parent

The school year is about to start, and you may already feel like you are behind. Like many parents, you may be overwhelmed. But you want to do things differently this year: simpler, with more clarity and less clutter. But you don't have much time. It's enough to make you long for … [Read more...]

A Popular Obsession

Our culture is obsessed with perfection: perfect babies, intelligent preschoolers, kindergartners who speak French, third-graders who know algebra, fifth-graders who make the all-star club team in soccer, eighth-graders who spend their Saturdays in SAT prep courses, and sophomores suffering sleep … [Read more...]

Live Happy

Healthy families choose happiness. Small daily habits compound over time and generate happiness, meaning and contentment in families. Regardless of challenges, families can be strong. Any kind of family: single parent family, step families, two-parent families, and families with grandparents serving … [Read more...]

When You Can’t Call Super Nanny

"I don't want the government to give me health care, I want them to give me the Super Nanny!" says comedian Tim Hawkins  www.TimHawkins.net Wouldn't that be great? When the kids are whiny; Jo Frost shows up and tells them, "You have been very naughty. Go sit on the naughty stool. Straightaway!" … [Read more...]

Top Ten Ways To Frustrate Your Kids

Barbara called me on her cell phone, "I want my son to see you as soon as possible. How soon can you get him in?" "When is he free?" I asked. "Well, let's see . . .he has soccer at three,  guitar lessons at five; a tutor after dinner; youth group on Wednesdays - wait, I have another call - hang … [Read more...]

The Danger of Raising Nice Kids

What are you aiming for in raising your child? Good grades? Excel at sports? Behave in public and make you proud? Most parents say, "I want my child to be nice." But nice is not enough. It's dangerous to settle for raising nice kids.  'Nice' means pleasant, friendly and well-mannered. Originally, … [Read more...]

Always Daddy’s Girl

I remember when my daughter was born. I told my friends, who were visiting at the hospital, "She's a miracle! Isn't she remarkably beautiful?" They smiled and nodded politely. "How amazing she is!" I made it, I mused.  "She is unusually intelligent. I can tell at forty-eight hours," I … [Read more...]

The Best Gift You Could Give Your Child for Christmas

The economy has taken its toll on American families. Unemployment. Loss of medical insurance. Rising grocery costs and lower wages. Investments cascading in value. More moms than ever working. And with the fear of being downsized, you don't dare miss work for your child's play, soccer game, recital, … [Read more...]