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When it comes to parenting, my goal is to raise happy adults. I look for the lessons that can be taught now that will teach and allow my children to feel confident, secure and important when they grow up.

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Latest Blog Posts for Raising Happy Adults

  • Catch 'em in the act
    on Oct 4, 2010
    One of my favorite ways of teaching my kids how to behave is to catch them in the act.  So often, parents will try and preempt good or bad behavior by reminding them before the kids have a chance to show them what they will do.  T...
  • The dreaded topic of punishment
    on Sep 23, 2010
    OK, so I opened a can of worms with my last post.  I suggested that you should avoid bribes and increase rewards.  And that rewards typically occur when you are in a "happy place" with your child and that bribes typically occur when you're...
  • Bribes: Proceed with caution
    on Sep 22, 2010
    Let's admit it, bribes are convenient.  I'm guilty of them, especially the "eat your dinner and you can have a treat" bribe.  But bribes are tricky business.  If overused, they can teach your child that when they act out, they get...
  • The power of "I don't care"
    on Sep 19, 2010
    Obviously kids are very different.  Some are a little more "tough" and need to learn to be kinder and some are a little kinder and need to learn to be tougher.  In the case of the latter, I have find that it's important to teach the power o...
  • You don't have to yell to be heard
    on Sep 17, 2010
    When it comes to disciplining, you have to separate yourself from the offense.  Your child made a bad decision and you just happen to be the enforcer of the rules. Her punishment doesn't have anything to do with you.  It has to do with...
  • If it makes them laugh, do it again
    on Sep 17, 2010
    Raising children should be fun.  It's hard, no doubt, but it should be fun too.  But even more, it should be fun for the kids.Can I tell you how completely bored it makes me to play "kitchen" or Chutes and Ladders?  Unfortuna...
  • Lying is the ultimate offense
    on Sep 17, 2010
    When my kids grow up, I hope they will trust me with their inner thoughts and secrets.  I'd rather hear from them that they are struggling with an issue at school or that they have experimented with something they shouldn't have.  So if tha...
  • Kids will be what you say they are
    on Sep 17, 2010
    So often, parents put down their kids without realizing it.  "You are being such a mean brother."  "Why can't you be a good listener?"  Words are very powerful.  It's like the adage "be careful what you wish for, you just might ge...
  • It's your job to follow me
    on Sep 16, 2010
    Grocery store trips.  They're the worst.  Kids are distracted by jellybean dispensers and Dora balloons suspended in mid-air.  And my goal?  Get in and get out as fast as I can.  I don't have time to shepherd my children arou...
  • Praise goes alot further than criticism
    on Sep 16, 2010
    I'm a disciplinarian.  I believe in managing expectations and delivering consequences.  I don't believe that a child should get three warnings. Then they just learn that they don't have to listen to the first two.  If your child d...
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