Why Is My Child So Bossy?

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills

Bossy behaviors appear as children begin to explore power in a social context with peers and within the parent-child relationship. These behaviors originate from the desire to organize and direct the behavior of others. Bossiness may be rooted in the following motivations: A child has a “great idea in mind and she needs others to bring it to life. (“Put the castle over here. You play the baby and I’ll play the mommy.”)   A child feels strongly about controlling the outcome of a situation. (“Don’t put the peas next to the mashed potatoes,” “I’m going first.”)     A… Continue Reading


Posted by Heidi Emberling on April 22, 2013

Family Meetings

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens
Raising Boys
Raising Girls

In my work as a parent educator, I often hear parents’ frustration over getting their children’s cooperation in negotiating family problems. One of the most effective ways to improve communication and cooperation is through family meetings.  Aletha Solter, an internationally acclaimed developmental psychologist and author of The Aware Baby and Tears and Tantrums, writes: I highly recommend family meetings for those parents who want to become less authoritarian with their children without becoming too permissive.  Weekly meetings provide a forum in which family members can resolve conflicts in a truly democratic way. Anyone can bring up a problem, and everyone… Continue Reading


Posted by Claire Marie Beery on April 16, 2013

The Power of Positive Parenting: Part I

Parenting Skills

All of us went in to being a parent with the best intentions. We fantasized about bedtime stories and snuggles, family meals, engaging conversation, and more. It’s likely we underestimated the influence that sleep deprivation, constantly cleaning up after others, temper tantrums, and increased financial demands would have on our ability to stay positive. In an effort to reconnect with our good intentions, I offer the following ideas from the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), an evidence-based parenting program created in Australia now offered at Parents Place. Triple P describes Positive Parenting as “an approach to being a parent that… Continue Reading


Posted by Rebecca Wood on April 8, 2013

Scaffolding Your Child’s Whole Development

Parenting Skills

If you ever wake up and think, “Gosh, I just love how as a parent, society gives me no respect, gratitude, or support.” And you wonder, “How can I get more of the same?” Well, you might decide to go into early childhood education! Should you decide to get an advanced degree—since, as we know, you are in it for the money—you will undoubtedly come across the name of Lev Vygotsky. He was an educational psychologist primarily interested in how children learn and develop and how society can influence and enhance a child’s cognitive and social development. I first learned… Continue Reading


Posted by Tom Limbert on April 1, 2013

Rethinking Life’s Curveballs

Parenting Skills
Special Challenges

Spring is here. With it come blooming flowers, outdoor activities, and the anticipation of summer. As I looked at my neighbor’s multicolored tulips in full bloom, I was reminded of a favorite writing that I read to myself on many occasions and use frequently in workshops I conduct on a variety of parental challenges. While it was written from the perspective of a mother with a special needs child, I find it applicable in multiple situations. See if it resonates with you: WELCOME TO HOLLAND by   Emily Perl Kingsley. © 1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved I… Continue Reading


Posted by Mimi Ezray on March 25, 2013

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