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Your Child Is Not Your “Friend”

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The emotional role of the parent is built on love, affection, and esteem. It's an important part of being a parent and it's a beautiful thing to behold. But your child is not your friend. And your role as a parent is not just emotional. Indeed, much of the parenting role is functional. For an infant,... Read more »

4 Tips to Help Get Kids to Clean Their Rooms

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“My 13-year-old daughter’s bedroom is so awful it looks like a tornado just ripped through it! When I ask her to clean it up, she either ignores me or throws a fit!” If this sounds like your child, you are not alone. Many people who call parent coaching complain of rooms so messy they can't... Read more »

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“Sometimes I Don’t Like My Child.”

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It’s a truth we don’t often admit, even to ourselves: we don’t always like our kids. I can hear the guilt in parents’ voices when they say, “Sometimes I really don’t like my child. He’s a pain, he argues with me all the time and he’s just not fun to be around.” Or maybe your... Read more »

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Free-Range Parenting: Balancing Protection with the Dignity of Risk

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What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “free-range” parenting? Many people picture extremely lenient parents who impose few rules and fewer consequences. However, as with many stereotypes, that’s far from the truth. Free-ranging parenting, like all parenting, takes a lot of hard work—and for the kids, being free-range is a hard-earned privilege. As a... Read more »

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