Category - Discipline & Behavior

The Hammer and the Marshmallow: When Parents Disagree on Discipline

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Difficult parenting moments are challenging for everyone, but when you and your partner disagree on how to manage them, it can make a bad situation worse. Knowing something about your own (and your partner’s) discipline style will help you navigate these everyday challenges more effectively. The See-Saw of Parenting Styles Are you a strict “my way or the highway” type of parent? Or are you a lenient “walk all over me” type of parent? Nobody really knows her own discipline preferences until faced with a complete meltdown in the middle of the grocery store. Do you buy the desired candy bar? Or do… Continue Reading


Posted by Heidi Emberling on November 1, 2017

3 Magic Phrases for Parents

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

These encouraging words will work wonders on your kids. Knowing what to say to your children isn’t always easy—especially when you need to say something they don’t want to hear. It’s even more complicated when you are speaking to the people whose lives you have the most influence upon (not to mention when it feels like the entire grocery store checkout line is watching and listening intently). One book will tell you to say one thing, another will tell you to do the opposite. Both stances are backed up by research, so how do you know which is the right… Continue Reading


Posted by Tom Limbert on October 20, 2017

13 Reasons Why—My child wants to watch it, how do I decide?

Bullying Prevention
Discipline & Behavior
Education
Media Safety
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

The popular Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has caused controversy among some who think the show glorifies teen suicide. The series touches on very important issues that all teens face. As a parent, you have to make the decision whether or not your child is ready to watch the widely discussed series. Of utmost importance when making this decision is to do your due diligence. Read a variety of opinions from trusted sources, watch it for yourself, and then determine if your child has the maturity and ability to process the information they will see. Remember that you are the… Continue Reading


Posted by Havi Wolfson Hall on September 6, 2017

Nurturing a Gritty Kid

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Grit, as defined by world-renowned psychologist Dr. Angela Duckworth, PhD, is “our passion and perseverance for long-term goals.” It’s the effort, commitment, and determination to adapt in the face of challenge and nevertheless persist. Current cultural values too often focus on having a fixed amount of natural talent, intelligence, and giftedness. Either you have it or you don’t. Phrases that we all use with the best of intentions include, “you’re so smart!” or “what a natural!” However, Duckworth argues that the cultivation of grit, which can grow and develop, is what will truly prepare your child for a life that… Continue Reading


Posted by Ellie Pelc on August 11, 2017

Six Ways to Motivate Kids to Do Chores

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Getting children to do chores—and even getting ourselves to do chores—can be a chore in and of itself. We grumble and resist, and so do they! Resistance shows up no matter how big or small we are! Contributing to daily life tasks is healthy and appropriate for children to learn … and they should not be ‘paid’ to do these kinds of jobs. Our home and life together requires care and attention to which we all contribute. So how can we expect our children to be cooperative? Here are a few ideas to help your children participate: Offer choices: Create… Continue Reading


Posted by Bonnie Romanow on July 26, 2017

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