Parenting Gradeschool Kids

Time-Out Tactics and Alternatives: When Your Child Refuses to go in Time-Out

By Alicia Purdy

Every parent likes to secretly think that their sweetheart is just a wee bit smarter, cuter and better behaved than the neighbor's kid, but then reality hits. The day your little darling kicks, bites, yells, throws things (maybe even at you!), and gets into general mischief, you realize that you'll need to take disciplinary action after all. » Read more

Relaxation and Meditation Techniques for Kids

Your child may not talk to you about stress. That's because children usually don't know what stress is or how to verbalize when they are experiencing it. You may not be aware of the stress your child is feeling, but your child may manifest it in ways that you can see. You may notice behavior problems, your child being more moody or irritable, crying easily or having problems sleeping. » Read more

6 Things to Do with Your Kids on a Snowy Day

By Alicia Purdy

Picture this scenario: it's snowing outside and your kids can't think of what to do. As a parent, you probably remember what it was like to be a child who did not live in a technologically-driven age--the outdoors were your escape and helped fuel your imagination. » Read more

8 Reasons Parents Should Put Down the Cell Phone

According to parenting coach Toni Schutta, parents spend an average of 11 hours a day using electronic devices. All of these hours add up to time that is taken away from children. » Read more

6 Tools to Help You Stop Yelling at Your Kids

By Audrey Morris

As a parent, are you a yeller? Most parents understand that yelling at their kids does not really accomplish anything. We know that there are probably some better forms of communication and more effective ways to accomplish our goals. But, did you know that yelling is also bad for our kids? » Read more

Childhood Abduction: Get the Facts

By Alicia Purdy

Once you become a parent, a whole new host of fears seem to crop up related to your kids. One of the primary fears that every parent contends with is the nightmare of child abduction. Thousands of kids are kidnapped every year. While 99.8 percent of missing kids are eventually found, some are never found, or worse. » Read more

Childhood Grief: Help Your Kids Deal with Death

By Alicia Purdy

You can't shield your kids from the tragedies that life may bring them, even though you want to. Unfortunately, some kids experience death in their lives well before they should. Walking through a death experience matures kids faster than they deserve. » Read more

Bully-Proof Your Child

By Alicia Purdy

Bullying is one of those inevitable facts of life. As much as parents try to eliminate it, schools try to govern it, and politicians try to legislate it, bullying will not ever go away. Why? Because there will always be people in the world who will use cruelty to dominate others. Kids aren't the only ones who experience bullying. » Read more

How to Get Your Child to Listen

By Audrey Morris

As parents, we can get incredibly frustrated when our children do not listen to us. A three-year-old might continue crashing toy cars while his sister naps, an eight-year-old might not get dressed soon enough to make it to school on time, or your 13-year-old might not put the trash out. » Read more

How to Choose the Right Pet for Your Kids

By Laura Carlson

"Please mom, can I have a puppy… all my friends have them." Have you heard such pleas? It's almost like a rite of passage in childhood-it seems that nearly every kid asks for a pet sooner or later. But figuring out if your family should get a pet, and, if so, what kind of pet you should choose for your child can be challenging. » Read more