Children (ages 6-9)

Part 2: Three Reasons to Stop Spanking Kids

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:08+00:00 September 23rd, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9)|

This post is written in an effort to clarify some of the questions and concerns raised in my recent blog featured on Mamapedia titled Three Reasons to Stop Spanking Kids. Below are a few of the more common, constructive misconceptions: 1. NO SPANKING DOES NOT EQUAL NO DISCIPLINE. When I suggested not spanking your children, I did not mean to imply you should simply let them run amuck and turn into "spoiled brats." Children most certainly thrive in structured environments where there are clear expectations, rules, and consequences. Spanking is a form of punishment, and there are many alternatives to spanking [...]

Keep your head above water and don’t drown: How to talk to your kids about our nation’s recent disasters

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:08+00:00 September 16th, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

It's been a rough few days. First came the anniversary of 9/11. Then the Jersey boardwalk fire on 9/13. Over the weekend, the Colorado floods raged. And this morning, I awoke to the news about the Navy Yard shooting. Not that watching the news has ever really lifted my spirits, but the past few days have been pretty overwhelming and chalk-full of disaster and tragedy. I live in Denver so naturally all of the local news channels have been broadcasting nonstop about the floods. Last Thursday, when the flooding began, newscasters were quick to give out safety advice to all those possibly affected. [...]

“But Mom, it’s not fair!” 3 easy solutions for resolving sibling inequality

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:09+00:00 August 19th, 2013|Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

I grew up as the oldest of three girls. My sisters and I are fairly close in age; I'm two years older than my middle sister and five years older than my youngest sister. I'd say we generally got along pretty well while growing up, but as is common with siblings, we also had our fair share of squabbles. I remember many of our fights centered around the themes of fairness and equality. In fact, if my parents had a dollar for every time one of us said in a whiny voice, "But it's not fair!" they'd be retired by [...]

Foolproof tips for Back-to-School success

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:09+00:00 August 5th, 2013|Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

It seems like just yesterday that I was writing about summer boredom... and now the new school year is right around the corner. It may be your first instinct to avoid thinking or talking about the new school year entirely. If you're like me, you're hanging onto the the last few weeks of trips to the pool, Dairy Queen treats, and bike rides at dusk. Don't get me wrong, I like to procrastinate and avoid change as much as the next person, but I always find it causes more headaches than if I'd just confronted the change head-on. As adults [...]

Three reasons to stop spanking your kids today: No ifs, ands, or buts

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:09+00:00 July 29th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9)|

Spanking. The age-old, forever controversial topic. The question is always the same: Is it ok to hit your kids? I guess that really depends on your definition of "ok." If by "ok," you mean legal, then yes, at least in the state of Colorado. According to Colorado Law, parents are permitted to use means of physical punishment when disciplining their children so long as they do not leave injuries. If by "ok" you mean morally correct, that's up to you and your personal values and beliefs... no judgment here.  But perhaps most importantly, if by "ok" you mean effective, as [...]

Sass & Spite: Teach your kids to be nice with these 3 easy tips

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:10+00:00 June 17th, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

The Art of Niceness Ever heard the saying “Better to slip with your feet than with your tongue?” I came across this little nugget of advice on a teabag the other day. And I got to thinking about exactly why this statement rings true. Here’s my interpretation: If we slip and fall, we’re hurting only ourselves, both physically and psychologically. Sure, we may suffer a scraped knee and a bruised ego, but we’re not causing deliberate pain to anyone else other than our little old selves. However, when we say something spiteful to someone else, we usually end [...]

No more teachers, no more books! Helping parents stress less this summer

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:13+00:00 May 30th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

The kids are almost done with school. Everyone’s counting down the days, although parents may be feeling a mix of emotions… happiness, dread, anxiety; all are common and it doesn't make you a bad mom or dad if you’re not totally jazzed that your kiddo will now be with you all. day. long. For stay-at-home parents, it’s not uncommon to dread the end of the school year, as it often means a full-time commitment to your child. Keeping kiddos entertained for the entire summer can be an extremely taxing job, and many parents feel stressed about taking on responsibility for [...]

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Funnel clouds and magic wands: How to answer your child’s questions when natural disaster strikes

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:13+00:00 May 24th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens|

Natural disasters. They happen. Hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes… they happen and all we can really do is try and be prepared. We can’t prevent them or alter their course, and we can’t know for certain we’ll be able to protect our family, if and when we experience such an unfortunate event. This feeling, this lack of being in control, of being able to do something, just doesn't sit well with most people. For me, in a sense, it makes me feel helpless. I felt this helplessness the other day as I met with a little girl for therapy. Often, when [...]

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Consequences that actually work

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:14+00:00 April 16th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Will you really make him eat his breakfast for dinner? Why do we threaten our kids with consequences we can’t possibly stick to? Like when you say to your child, “If you don’t stop whining right now, I’ll never buy you anything again!” Yeah right. For me, this one’s a no-brainer. We give kids consequences that don’t work for the same reason we do a million other things in life…. Why do we drive with the gas light on for 30+ miles, just hoping we won’t be that idiot on the side of the road? Why do we [...]

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10 Things I Learned When I Stopped Yelling At My Kids: Blog Review

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:14+00:00 April 1st, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Yelling is contagious The other day I received an email from a mom, who happens to be a good friend of mine. She sent me a link to a post, found on The Orange Rhino. The post, 10 Things I Learned when I Stopped Yelling At My Kids, was truly fascinating. The woman who wrote this post did not yell at her children for an entire year. Yes, that’s right, an entire year. 365 days. I was awestruck that anyone would be up for this challenge. In fact, this woman surpassed a year and had been going strong [...]

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