Tweens (ages 10-12)

Word to your mother: The best gift your teen can give without even knowing it

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:13+00:00 May 9th, 2013|Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if there’s one holiday that deserves to be celebrated more than once a year, it’s this day. Moms make the world go round, and in my opinion, they’re often underappreciated. The job of being mom is a hefty role, and it’s common to feel overwhelmed by the umpteen daily responsibilities on your “to do” list. Not to mention you rarely get a vacation, and it often seems spouses and kids don’t have a clue how hard you work just to keep up with the laundry. When kiddos are young, little, and cute, [...]

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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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Failure is A-Okay

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:14+00:00 March 15th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Failure is part of success NBC TODAY Momsrecently posted a video and related article by Amy McCready, titled The bright side of blunders: Why we should let kids fail. I found this article chalk-full of good advice on the positive lessons of failure. Like most good advice, however, it’s easier to read about than to actually execute, so I’d like to offer a few extra tidbits on how to make it easier to allow your kids to fail. The bright side of blunders: Why we should let kids fail explains if we swoop in and rescue our children [...]

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Girls Can Be Meanies

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:14+00:00 February 11th, 2013|Tweens (ages 10-12)|

I had many responses and comments to my post last week regarding girls and relational aggression, so I thought I’d describe the topic a little more in detail. When I think of the term relational aggression, I think of “girl bullying.” It’s common for people to think that boys are bigger bullies than girls, but girls just bully in a different way. As I mentioned last week, boys most often bully by direct name calling and physical fighting. For example, one boy calls another boy who has braces “metal mouth” to his face, the victim lunges at the name-caller, and [...]

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Skinny Like a String Bean

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:14+00:00 February 3rd, 2013|Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

I was a really skinny kid. Skinny as in “string bean” skinny. Skinny as in all arms and legs, like scraggly tree branches on a sad little sapling. During most of elementary and middle school, I was skinny like this, and it was embarrassing. My clothes were always too big, and when I had to get glasses AND braces my self-esteem really plummeted. Kids at school weren't very nice about my appearance either. I went to a very small Catholic school, and thus had to tolerate teasing from the same kids throughout elementary and middle school. Luckily, we wore uniforms [...]

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TVs in Kiddos’ Bedrooms: Yes, No, or Maybe?

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:17+00:00 January 7th, 2013|Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

As I was browsing the news this week, I came across an article on myhealthnewsdaily.com discussing the link between childhood obesity and bedroom TVs. Check out the link below to read the article: Bedroom TVs Linked to Childhood Obesity The new study discussed in the article was published in the January issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. As a parent, it’s up to you to instill healthy habits in your children. According to the new study discussed above, having a TV in a child’s bedroom is linked to reduced sleep, which is a factor that’s been associated with [...]

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Article Response: To My 13-Year-Old, An iPhone Contract From Your Mom, With Love

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:18+00:00 December 29th, 2012|Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Janell Burley Hofmann, a writer for the Huffington Post, recently published the following article outlining an iPhone contract for her 13-year-old son. I found this article not only entertaining, but also very useful and effective for establishing rules for your children around cell phones and other electronic devices. See what you think and click on the link below: To my 13-Year-Old, an iPhone Contract From Your Mom With Love What I liked best about the article was Hofmann’s ability to combine validation of her son while laying out strict rules throughout the entire contract. Instead of just matter-of-factly stating the [...]

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What to say and how to say it: Talking to your child after the diagnosis of a serious physical illness

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:18+00:00 October 7th, 2012|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

This post is a little late, seeing how September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, but we all know cancer and other major childhood illnesses affect kiddos year round, so I hope it’s still useful. Learning your child has been diagnosed with a serious physical illness can be both heartbreaking and extremely stressful for both parents and children. While each member of a family may cope and respond differently to this difficult news, it is first and foremost important to clarify and discuss physical illness with your sick child. Children are intuitive and resourceful, and in most cases, they have a [...]

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How to talk to your kids: the Aurora theater tragedy

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:18+00:00 August 1st, 2012|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

As a parent, it can be difficult to talk to your child about tragedy. It’s especially difficult when we don’t have all the answers and can’t explain why someone would go into a movie theater and harm so many innocent people. However, as a parent, it’s your job to somehow explain this horrible occurrence. Click on the following link from Abc News to watch a short video about this very topic: how to talk to your kids In the above video, Dr. Robert Besser does an excellent job of discussing how to speak to your kids about the theater tragedy. [...]

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