It’s finally happening. The moment most parents both dread and look forward to. Their kid is moving out of the house for the first time and heading off to college. You have high hopes for their future (or maybe you don’t). Empty nest syndrome is a powerful thing. Did you raise them well enough? Are... Read more »
Most children are proud to have their art displayed on the refrigerator. My four-year-old son, on the other hand, is proud to sell me his art. "Oh Mom, you like this? Great, I'll sell it to you for $2."
My three children, including the four-year-old, are looking for an allowance. Since we haven't started giving one... Read more »
I think of January like my very own reset button—a chance to reboot and start all over again. There’s something about the fresh start of a new year that makes change, goals and resolutions feel more attainable. Kids can be motivated by that clean slate effect, too.
With this in mind, the experts at Empowering Parents have... Read more »
My 9-year-old son William was clear from the start—he did not want to join a soccer league.
My husband was just as clear—he wanted our children to learn the important life lessons you get from playing a team sport.
Despite the nagging voice in my head that kept repeating, “You know this isn’t going to work,” we... Read more »
On Monday, you couldn't turn on the news or go online without coming face-to-face with the horrific video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée while they were in an elevator. And while another video had previously surfaced showing him dragging her unconscious out of the elevator, this was an added information bite that led to... Read more »
For some single parents, the weight of the world often sits squarely on our shoulders. We are responsible for an incredible amount of things, duties, and actions. It’s not enough to pay the mortgage, be smart when making a purchase and keep the floors relatively clean – we are also responsible for our children. Now... Read more »
As a teacher, I see parents carrying their children’s backpacks to the bus stop all too frequently. I also witness more parents driving their kids to school because the child “woke up too late” and the parents do not want them to experience the natural consequences of missing the bus. Why are parents doing so... Read more »
I love summer. It is such a fun time to spend with the kids, hangout and relax. We have a less stressful schedule, eat easy dinners and participate in fun, outside activities. With that said, I also despise summer. Gone is the simple structure of the school year. My kids get bored, act lazy and... Read more »
Recently, a father in Hawaii was in the news for making his 8-year-old son walk home after an argument in the car. Judge Kathleen Watanabe gave him one year's probation and a $200 fine for his "old school" form of discipline that she said was no longer appropriate.
In fact, parents we communicate with through 1-on-1 Coaching are often worried... Read more »
Do children born to parents who don't have much money actually have certain advantages over kids born in more affluent homes? Quite possibly.
In my last post, I talked about the book David and Goliath: Misfits, Underdogs and the Art of Battling Giants, by Malcolm Gladwell, and how he discusses the need for children to experience... Read more »