Behavior + Learning

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07 July 2014

07 July 2014

Let Amazon help you better navigate your local library

I've already discovered the best reading hack of all -- our local library. The trick is to find a quick source of new material and recommendations...

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02 July 2014

Should you force your kids into new activities?

When Christine and I launched Minimalist Parenting, interviewers inevitably asked us: But aren't you afraid "minimalist parenting" will lead to lazy, unmotivated kids? It's not a bad question. How can kids come to know their capabilities without a push (sometimes a firm one) out of their comfort zones? Kristen Howerton...

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30 June 2014

Use a marble jar and a timer to manage screen time

Cool Mom Tech upgrades the marble jar for use with older children just in time for summer.

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07 March 2014

When your kids go to school for the first time: how do you handle it?

I was a guest on the One Bad Mother podcast, on which I offered hosts Biz and Theresa what I hope is encouraging Minimalist Parenting-inspired advice about sending kids to school for the first time.

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29 January 2014

How to avoid getting sucked into your kid's drama? Talk amongst yourselves.

If your kid has a flair for the dramatic, read on. Tempting as it is to roll your eyes and dismiss your kid's colorful style of expression, in the long run you're better served to find a way to work with it. (Can you tell I've had experience with drama?)

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04 December 2013

New book gently makes the "farm to fork" connection for kids [author interview + giveaway]

Farm animals in children's books aren't anything new. But this just-released book leaves the bucolic imagery behind and provides kids (and parents) something different: a humorous, balanced -- but clear -- connection between farm animals and the food we eat.

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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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