parenting

What steps should I take to prepare my child for the beginning of the school year?

The start of the school year can stir anxieties for both child and parent – particularly if your child is attending school for the first time. There are ways to quell your child’s fears and make sure he’s well-prepared, whether he’s a an eager kindergartener or a more seasoned scholar. » Read more

Back to School Stresses: 4 Tips to Conquer Them

By Anh Vazquez, www.littlegrad.com

As we drop our children at their classrooms, or watch them hop on the bus, or out of our minivans, thoughts race through our minds… will they eat a healthy lunch, did we spend enough time on their homework… are they making friends.. are we budgeting/saving enough for their future education… and so on. » Read more

Family Valentine Fun

by Jan Roberts Parent Educator and Coach Every holiday offers the possibility for families to take a break from their fast paced daily routines and enjoy some special family time together. Valentine's Day is especially suited to pausing and telling those we love the most, our family, how life is richly blessed by their unique presence. Although this day is most often viewed as an opportunity to celebrate romantic love, children should certainly be included in this hearty fun. » Read more

12 Great Homemade Presents to Make With Your Kids

By Dr. Laura Markham www.yourparentingsolutions.com » Read more

Why Would I Want the Toy, When I Can Have the Box?

It happened in an instant. In the blink of an eye. One moment, a carefree man and husband, my most pressing challenge figuring out how to get in 18 holes of golf and still be on time to make a dinner reservation. The next moment …whoooosh, “WHAAAAAAAA” “It’s a boy!”…a father. » Read more

"Daddy, Play With Me!"

By An excerpt from: Hidden Messages: What Our Words and Actions are Really Telling Our Children

The clock in Jeff’s car glows 6:40 P.M. as he rolls into the driveway after another long and tiring day at work. He opens the door to his home with a weary sigh and drops the mail next to the answering machine, which is blinking in that incessant, anxious way that demands listening. All he wants is a relaxing evening with no bosses, clients, or coworkers to please. » Read more

Six Tips for Less-Stress Parenting

By Paula Statman, M.S.S.W. www.kidwisecorner.com

Nobody ever said parenting was easy, but here are some practical tips for how to worry less and enjoy parenting more. » Read more

Seven Ways to Ease Kids’ Anxiety When You Date

By Michele Germain, LCSW www.thejillprinciple.com » Read more

Parenting Styles – One Size Does Not Fit All

As parents we all have our own concepts of the right way to do things. Some of us may fall in line with the strict disciplinarian parenting style and others may be relaxed and carefree. Most of us, however, are a little bit of both or maybe somewhere in the middle. The bottom line is there are no rules to parenting and one size does not fit all. » Read more

Parenting Is Not About Kids, It’s About Parents

By Hal Edward Runkel, www.screamfree.com

Excerpted from Screamfree Parenting by Hal Edward Runkel Copyright © 2007 by Hal Edward Runkel. » Read more