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What Happened To My New Year’s Resolutions?

January 7th, 2014


It’s a week into the new year and I already feel behind and stressed out. So what happened to my New Year’s resolution? This was going to be the year that I slowed down my entire life. I go to my resolution list on my refrigerator. The list reads:  This year

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A Good Enough Parent

December 24th, 2013


When my children were little, a friend gave me a holiday gift book. It was “A Good Enough Parent” by Bruno Bettelheim. I never read the book (I just didn’t have time to read books when I was raising a family!) but the title of the book was enough for me. As a mother

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A Special Holiday Gift: The Gift of Realistic Expectations

December 17th, 2013


Several years ago in November, I eagerly anticipated my college daughter’s return home at Thanksgiving; I spent time daydreaming about four peaceful and happy days of family togetherness. Then, in the middle of presenting a parent workshop just before Thanksgiving on Anger Management, while speaking about how parents’ angry feelings

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Toileting: Discipline Issue or Not?

December 10th, 2013


Sometimes power struggles that seem like discipline issues are not really discipline issues, but are rather issues of autonomy. Whose body is it, anyway? You can’t force your child to use the toilet?  And perhaps this is really not an issue of discipline, but an opportunity for fostering independence and

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Sleeping: Discipline Issue or Not?

December 3rd, 2013


Sometimes power struggles that seem like discipline issues are not really discipline issues, but are rather issues of autonomy. Whose body is it, anyway? You can’t force your child to sleep. Perhaps this is really not an issue of discipline, but an opportunity for fostering independence and growth in your

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Eating: Discipline Issue or Not?

November 26th, 2013


Sometimes power struggles that seem like discipline issues are not really discipline issues, but are rather issues of autonomy. Whose body is it, anyway? You can’t force your child to eat. Perhaps this is really not an issue of discipline, but an opportunity for fostering independence and growth in your

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Encouragement, Self-Esteem and Self-Discipline

November 19th, 2013


“Children who are truly loved unconsciously know themselves to be valued. This knowledge is worth more than gold…The feeling of being valuable—‘I am a valuable person’—is essential to mental health and is a cornerstone of self-discipline. It is a direct product of parental love.”–M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled We

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Age-Appropriate Expectations

November 12th, 2013


It is critical to have an understanding of child development and to have age-appropriate expectations in terms of what is realistic behavior for your child. Often power struggles and discipline situations arise when you are expecting your child to behave in a manner that is beyond your child’s capabilities. According

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Co-Parenting Differences In Discipline

November 5th, 2013


In my professional and personal experience, I have never met two co-parents who agreed 100% on discipline. It is very common for co-parents to disagree on discipline. One factor is the influence of each parent’s family of origin on their discipline style, how they were disciplined when they were a

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Evolving a Discipline Style

October 29th, 2013


When my children were young, I was trying to find my way to my own discipline style. I certainly didn’t want to be authoritarians like both my mother and my father. However, as an adult, I found that their modeling had a strong hold on me. As a parent I

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