Should You Give Your Child an Allowance?

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… Read more »

How to Set a Goal with Your Child

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.

When Should You Let Your Child Quit?

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… Read more »

Stop Just Raising Your Kids, Start Empowering Them

As a parent, you always want to be there for your children—whether that’s congratulating them in their victories or consoling them in their defeats.  And while this is a natural tendency, this type of behavior can sometimes have unintended effects; it could even become harmful. Indeed, intervening too frequently throughout your child’s life could stifle… Read more »

Stop the Stereotyping

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 »

How to Keep Kids Motivated Over the Summer

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 »