Negotiating: An Artform

Establishing boundaries is a tough job, especially if boundaries have been vague or non-existent.  We all work better within boundaries whether they are set by teachers, parents, bosses, doctors, etc.  or ourselves.  Boundaries include bedtime, curfews, fences – how far Read more…


Who Is Your Favorite Monster, Mama?

If you have siblings this is a great book for you or your children.  Sibling rivalry is common.  “Who does Mama love best?” is a question ever child with siblings asks sometime – usually when some jealousy going on.  This Read more…


Parenting 000: Grandma’s Purse

As a young mother, I watched parents with a fussy, crying child try to pacify them by giving them something from their purse.  Generally this happens at the store, waiting in some line or a waiting room.  In case you Read more…


Parenting 000: The Waiting Game

Waiting to be seated at a restaurant, then waiting to have your order taken, and then waiting for your food isn’t a big deal if you are with adults because chatting just comes naturally.  Generally we plan for waiting time.  Read more…


Parenting 000: Be On TIME!

A good teacher and/or principal can help children to be on time to school.  As a parent, you are the one to help a child learn the importance of getting enough sleep and being on time.  You can make sure Read more…


Parenting 000: Routine and Breathing Time

September is a time for “re-grouping.”  This is especially the case if you are or live with students.  It’s critical that parents help children find their way back to routine.  We all function better with routine.


Parenting 000: Technology Etiquette

Recently, at a religious service, I looked around at all the I-pads, phones, etc. in the hands of small children to adults.  It took me by surprise because I thought attending a religious service meant that you were there for Read more…


Parenting 000: Bedtime – What’s That?

Teacher: Your child is sluggish all day, in fact she has fallen asleep twice this week during reading time after lunch. Parent: (jokingly) She likes her naps.  She isn’t a morning person.  She doesn’t come alive until around 3 in Read more…


Parenting 000: Time Is Ticking!

Okay, the kids are in school from 8:30 to 3:00 (or 7:30 to 2:00) which equals 6 hours minus 30+ minutes for lunch, 5 minutes between classes about 15 to 20 minutes, elementary – two 15 minute recesses and the Read more…


Parenting 000: Just Nip It!

“He’s been doing that for over 6 months, now!  I don’t know what to do about it!” Well, six months ago was the time to DO something about it!  Allowing a child to acquire a bad habit or inappropriate behavior Read more…