“I was having fun; why are you so mad at me?!” You’re tired, the kids are wired, and it seems like saying “no” is all you do. Welcome to crunch time – when jumping on the couch, running around a store, and touching everything is the perpetual motion of every child! This is when we’re… More Video Tip: Stop Saying “No”
“Well, I wasn’t mad before you stormed in here.” It’s called emotional contagion, and researchers study it in several ways. We are like chameleons – we’ll change our mood to match the “loudest” mood in the room. If you think about this, it happens all the time: The answer is to increase your awareness of… More Video Tip: Prevent Emotional Contagion
“Hey honey, it’s time to go.” Transitions can be tough. When you approach someone who is wrapped up in an activity and need them to change their behavior to accommodate your needs, it can often result in conflict. This little tip can make those requests go much more smoothly by setting expectations and engaging the… More Video Tip: Managing Transitions with Ease
David was married when he was 25. He and his wife waited a few years and then had two kids. All was going well until it wasn’t. I met David after his divorce and provided coaching to help him gain control of his finances and adapt to a post-divorce financial outlook he hadn’t expected. This… More Coaching Case Study: Finances After the Divorce
It was so easy. All I had to do to lure them away was send them a text. And then they were mine! Much to Katie’s chagrin – she really can’t complain, she’s off storming the South Pacific with People to People – I swiped her friends and took them to a food fest at… More It’s True, I Love Stealing Other People’s Children
Permission slips were due last Friday for the school talent show. Let’s get real, this is elementary school – how much talent can there really be? The slip specifically noted no “lip singing” which appalled me. Is there no one proofreading these documents or do they really think that means lip-synching? Anyway… After a day… More The School Talent Show, Twitter, American Idol and the Joy of Parenting
These are strange times. I listen to the news and worry about the price of gas, global warming and if my child will have a future. It’s almost surreal and yet I realize my parents and my grandparents also had things to worry about as they raised their children. While my mind swirls with “big… More Kids and Tech: Are we Googling our Way to a Stratified Society?
Yep, that’s what she asks every time we order a kids meal at a fast food restaurant. She’s eight and has actually been asking this for a long time. Over the years, we have accumulated – like millions of household across America – tons of fast food toy crap. Little plastic things that really don’t… More Burger King, McDonalds: My Daughter Asks, “Why are fast food meal toys so stupid?”