Holiday Stress: Should You Cancel Christmas?

Holiday Stress: Should You Cancel Christmas?

It’s here: the most wonderful time of year. Trees are trimmed, music fills the air and hearts swell with gratitude. While many are out shopping, wrapping gifts and enjoying the holiday whirlwind, you feel conflicted. Your child’s behavior goes beyond the “naughty list” and normal consequences aren’t working. You want your child to know you… Read more »

How Parents Give Away Their Authority

How Parents Give Away Their Authority

There’s no getting around it…giving consequences and setting limits makes you uncomfortable. You don’t like to be seen as “the bad guy.” Besides, your partner is a much better disciplinarian – they have no problem enforcing the rules, and the kids actually listen to them. It all works out, right? Not always – if you… Read more »

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The Importance of Following Through

Waking your kid up for school can be a nightmare. He sleeps in until the last minute. Over breakfast, he fights to stay awake. He’s late to school because he’s “too tired to go.” The whole day starts off on the wrong foot! Exasperated, you try to set limits… “From now on, bedtime starts an… Read more »

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Understanding Emotional Triggers

You specifically told your daughter to be home by 9pm. It’s almost 10 o’clock, and you’re sick with worry. As you pick up the phone to call her again, the front door opens. You can’t contain your emotion… Where have you been? Do you realize how worried I was? You never answered your phone! I… Read more »