Help Kids Make Smart Choices

If you didn’t teach your children the process of making a decision when they were younger, it’s not too late. It’s better to teach them now before they leave home than their having to deal with unpleasant consequences as young adults. You may want to role play with them to teach them the process. Read […]

Good Parenting: You Can’t Make Everything Fair For Your Kids

“It’s not fair she got more cereal than I did!” “It’s not fair he got more TV time then me. ” “It’s not fair he always gets to go to his friends house and I don’t” Does this sound familiar? There are some things that children say that send us running for cover. “It’s not […]

Lying Children: What You Need To Do To Encourage Honesty

When children lie for the first time, parents can get very upset. They immediately envision a life of crime for their little angel. Parents can rest easy. Lying is a common problem among all children. Why do children lie? Children lie to avoid punishment or embarrassment. They can lie because it is convenient. They would […]

Good Parenting: Learn Ways To Cope With Your Family’s Bad Moods

Sometimes holidays can be challenging. The Passover holiday was fun. Our family spent a lot of time together. I would like to tell you that it we all behaved and it was an idyll, serene time. However, I would be lying. We had lots of good times but quite often conflict reared its head. We […]

Good Parenting: Stop Losing It With Your Kids

Being a Mom is the best job out there. At least I think so. I didn’t think I would love it as much as I do. Even before I had kids I knew that being a Mom requires a tremendous amount of work and patience. I still knew I wanted a family and once that […]

Empathy For Kids: Show Them You Understand

Empathy is one of the best techniques that you can use when communicating with your children. In my classes I encourage parents and caretakers to learn how to deliver empathy to their children. Why? Because being empathetic with your kids helps them see you really care about them and respect their feelings. Once they feel […]

Children and Choices: The Secret To Raising Independent Kids: Part 2

This past year, I had a back injury and was in bed for a week. I had to rely on others, i.e. my kind husband, kids and in-laws to take care of my most basic needs. It was not a pleasant experience. It was tough to be so completely dependent on my family. They were […]

Offering Children Choices The Secret To Raising Independent Children

I just spent the weekend with my 2 year old niece. My kids are now older and I forgot how much fun it is to spend time with a toddler. They say the funniest things. I had also forgotten that all 2 year olds “want to do it myself!” That seemed to be a recurrent […]

Foster Independence In Your Kids: Be An Asking Parent

One of the most important jobs we have as parents is to help our children develop their independence. Part of that job means we need to help them think for themselves. This is important because we the parents aren’t going to always be there for our kids. Children need opportunities to develop their own judgments […]

Empathy for Kids: Learn How To Be Empathetic And Connect With Your Kids

Being empathetic is one of the best people skills around. It also helps us parent more effectively. Many of us have heard of the concept of empathy but do not know how to be empathetic. Here are 5 ways to help you get started: 1. Listen: Think of the friends you call for when you […]

Encouraging Honesty In Your Children

My client wrote in with the following question: “My child starting lying to me. I am very upset and don’t know how to punish her for this behavior. What can I do?” Lying is a pretty typical childhood behavior. Parents should not worry excessively when their children lie. Becoming a moral, upstanding adult takes time […]

4 Simple Ways To Help Your Child Succeed At School

We all want our kids to do well in school. However, many parents may feel that their child’s academic successes and failures reflect their parenting abilities. If their child succeeds than they have succeeded. If their child fails they think they have failed as parents. This can lead to parents becoming hyper-focused on their child’s […]

Connecting With Your Child: 3 Ways To Help Your Quiet Kid

A client asked the following question: My child will not talk to me. I try to talk to him but he doesn’t respond or ignores me. It seems to me to border on rude. What can I do to get him to talk? Many parents have this issue. Here are some ideas: 1. Change your […]

Help Your Kids Be Safe On The Internet

A client wrote in with the following question: My son is 13 and now he wants a Facebook account. I have heard all the horror stories and I am really reluctant to allow it. I know many of his friends are on Facebook and he feels left out. What should I do? This is a […]

Complaining Kids: One Simple Way To Stop Your Child’s Grumbling

When kids complain parents often don’t know what to do. Parents may try to convince their children that there is nothing to complain about or they will try to fix the situation to make their child happy. Either way kids will still whine and grumble. The best way to handle your child’s gripe is to […]

Help Your Kids Listen: 3 Simple Tips

Many parents have a hard time getting their children to follow directions and actually listen to them. Getting into the car, coming to the dinner table or even brushing teeth can be the cause of many battles between parents and children. It is hard to get kids to listen to sometimes even the simplest directive. […]

How To Help Your Child With Homework

Does your child have hard time getting focused and ready to tackle his homework? Does he procrastinate, whine, and jump around a lot before he gets settled? There are sane reasons for this behavior. Think about the times you have had to do something that is hard for you. It might even be something that […]