One of the toughest parenting tasks is to get your kids to do their chores. Let's face it; for most kids, chores are just not on their radar. A ten year old just doesn't see taking out the trash as a priority. And it gets even harder with teenagers.
So, what's a parent to do? I... Read more »
Homer Simpson (the prime pop culture example of an ineffective parent) stated on a recent episode, “Parenting: the one job where you always know you’ve done the right thing!” Any parent who is honest with themselves can recognize the irony and sarcasm in that statement. Making mistakes -- and wondering if you've done the right... Read more »
"Take out the garbage. I've asked you five times. Do it now!"
When I spoke these words to my 9-year-old this afternoon, he rolled his eyes, paused his Super Mario game and stomped off to do the chore I'd been asking him to do since morning. If left to his own devices, my guess is that my son would be playing... Read more »
If it came down to it, would you ever call the police on your child? And if so, what would be the last straw -- the motivating factor -- for you, personally?
Consider these recent cases in the news:
A father in Monroe, Ohio called the police on his 6-year-old for refusing to go to school. The... Read more »
This may seem crazy, but none of our children have set chores to do on a daily/weekly basis. Maybe it's because from the time I was nine years old, I helped my mother around the house. She was a single mom and worked full time. I kept the house clean and helped out with getting... Read more »
Trust: it's hard enough to keep, but how do you get it back?
About a year ago, one of my daughter's stole some pills from a neighbor she was babysitting for. We went through a lot for the next six months. Then she got caught sneaking out and doing drugs last spring. Since then, things have been a bit touchy... Read more »
School has been in session for awhile now. My granddaughter Maddy is in sixth grade now and she is expected to take on a lot more homework and a lot more responsibility. It’s a good life experience for her but it’s not easy to convince her of that.
Maddy has ADHD and accomplishing anything seems to... Read more »
A good friend of mine called me the other day to report that her son had told her, Dad says you should stay out of my business. This sixth grade boy was saying these words to his Mom in the school office in front of the school secretary. The school called because her son was... Read more »
My son has inherited my “sleeping gene” as my husband calls it. I can—and have—slept through everything from crashing thunderstorms to earthquakes. As a kid, I remember my mother doing everything short of setting off fireworks to get me up, from tearing the covers off me in the dead of winter to sprinkling cold water... Read more »
This speech, also known as "The Eleven Rules of Life," has been widely attributed to Bill Gates, but it's actually part of educator Charles Sykes book, Dumbing Down our Kids. We're posting it again here during this season of high school and college graduations.
Life is not fair - get used to it.
RULE... Read more »