parenting

25 Alternatives to “Good Job”

July 10, 2014
25 Alternatives to "Good Job"

Last week I shared some thoughts on praise and manipulation. In that post I shared some brutal truths about how I parent, and some ideas about how I would like […]

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Praise, Manipulation and Being a Better Parent.

July 3, 2014
Praise, Manipulation and Being a Better Parent.

Praise is a dirty word in some parenting and education circles. I understand why, and agree that hollow praise like ‘good girl’ or ‘good job’ means nothing and can interfere […]

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Helping Kids Negotiate Win Win Solutions.

June 26, 2014
Helping Kids Negotiate Win Win Solutions.

They are arguing over a toy… One of them is using it and the other wants it. They both feel like they have the right to that toy – “I […]

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Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

June 19, 2014
Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

Don’t worry if your floors are filthy. It doesn’t matter if the kids don’t get bathed every single night. Who cares if you can never find a pair of matching […]

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Let It Be Easy

June 12, 2014
Let It Be Easy

Sometimes parenting is so hard… so heartbreakingly hard. But it doesn’t always have to be hard Sometimes you can let it be easy. Or at least easier, sometimes. A few […]

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Slow Days

June 5, 2014
Slow Days

Sometimes I get so caught up in ‘do more, have more.’ I find myself feeling guilty that my kids are only doing two after school activities each, or that we […]

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