Behavior + Learning

On-the-ground advice about what makes kids tick. You'd be amazed by the differences kid-to-kid.

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08 November 2013

The unexpected upside to "too much screen time" (sponsored)

My 14 year-old kid spends too much time in front of a screen, and yet we're choosing not to clamp down too hard with limits. Here's why.

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06 November 2013

Classroom birthday treats that include students with dietary restrictions? Talk amongst yourselves.

Most of us with school-aged kids have faced this dilemma in one form or another. Classroom birthdays, school holiday parties...when food is involved, things get complicated. What to do?

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16 October 2013

Calm out of control tantrums with the "cross-body pat"

The word "tantrum" is misleading, because it brings up images of a foot-stamping Veruca Salt when she doesn't get her way. But we're talking about when something triggers a kid's fight-or-flight response. At these times, there literally is no thinking, just reaction, and it's intense.

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09 October 2013

Is an average childhood the secret to happiness?

Is "average" what we should aspire to for our kids? Is that what we should encourage them to believe about themselves? In my opinion, yes and no.

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24 September 2013

Trusting change will happen

If you're navigating your own dark tunnel right now, I hope this post will remind you that there is something different up ahead.

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13 September 2013

Free email workshop "Beyond Baby" launches this weekend

Meagan Francis, creator of one of my favorite sites, The Happiest Home, is launching a free 20-week email workshop this weekend, and now's your chance to be a part of the inaugural group. Beyond Baby is for moms who are moving out of the baby phase and are looking for...

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21 August 2013

Back-to-school wake up call: transitioning to early bedtimes and mornings

For those of us grabbing onto the last days of summer with white-knuckle fists, the back-to-school bedtime and morning routines can be a hard sell. But easing late-sleeping kids into a more school-friendly schedule does make the transition easier on everyone.

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20 August 2013

Why "disruptive" is a good thing

My interview with Bill Jensen, author of "Disrupt!"

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14 August 2013

"Help! My kid has a smart mouth!" Talk amongst yourselves.

How do you handle verbal disrespect in your child? Here are my thoughts (and a book recommendation). How about you?

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29 July 2013

Best of Parent Hacks: Summertime edition

Consider this my gone fishin' sign -- it will pop up when my attention leads me away from the computer for a few days.

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22 May 2013

Minimizing "reentry" stress when a parent travels for work

It took us a long time to find equilibrium around business travel, but we did. We’re now both better able to support each other and our kids (and even enjoy it) no matter which one of us is traveling.

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15 May 2013

Kids hang their own coats with the help of stick-on hooks

Michelle's hack illustrates how simple home tweaks can make a big difference to your kid's independence.

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13 May 2013

Managing kids' computer use using built-in parental controls

I appreciate this hack from Melissa -- simply, how her family uses the parental controls built into her computer's operating system to manage her kids' computer use. It's easy to overlook the tools we already have right at our fingertips.

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