Teaching Kids to Share – Parenting Strategy

teaching kids to share - what a neat perspective

This sharing post originally appeared on September 12, 2011. Parenting Strategy - Teaching Kids to Share I took an early childhood development class years ago and one of the teachers gave a lecture I would never forget.  She put sharing into perspective for me and it has shaped the way I deal with it even now. Kids are ALWAYS expected to share but think about it from an adult's perspective.  Say you spend half an hour shopping.  Your cart is full of carefully picked items, you are about to start the second half of your list when a women walks up to you.  She smiles politely and says "You've had that long enough...it's my turn now."  As Continue Reading

Making the Most of Making Mistakes

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In order to be creative, we must be not only be willing to make mistakes, but celebrate them. Not every creative endeavor will be successful; in fact, a lot of creative ideas quickly flop. The way mistakes are treated will greatly affect how kids meet the next challenge, the next creative idea. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. Kids want to be like their parents. If the way you want your kids to react when they make a mistake and the way you actually react when you make a mistake are different, you have a problem. Do you beat yourself up when you break something, call yourself names? Do you get frustrated and lose your Continue Reading

The power of words… Parenting Language

The Power of Words... a little parenting reminder

Today's parenting post is less about offering a solutions and more about asking for support. A few weeks ago I spent all morning running around like a crazy person. I felt energized and  beamed with the satisfaction that only a highly productive day can bring. It was about 2 in the afternoon when a friend took one look at me and said. "You look tired". BAM... it hit like a ton of bricks. I was tired. My legs were sore, my eyes heavy, my body ached. Wait. I didn't feel like that minutes ago, so why now? Because someone said so? Because once those words hit my ears they became true? I never recovered from exhaustion that day and I was Continue Reading

Take a CREATIVE stand against bullying

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Thank you TakePart for sponsoring this take a stand against bullying giveaway. I'm stepping away from our Math Activity lesson plan today to share a story with you (and to offer you a chance to win a copy of my eBook)! When I started 7th grade, school life changed for me. We had moved and I was starting middle school at a new school with no friends. While I was greeted warmly by several classmates, there was one girl who was less than friendly. Her cruel comments and nasty stares seemed to follow me all day, everyday. She had an unkind nickname for me, teased me about my clothes and laughed when I attempted to ease the tension by being Continue Reading

5 ways to teach kids about healthy marriage (and a giveaway)

Easy ways to show your kids what a loving marriage looks like -- Plus a $200 giveaway!!!

There are a couple of really good reasons for me to be thinking about love, marriage and all that mushy good stuff right now.  Just a few weeks ago Hubs and I celebrated our 8th anniversary. Ahhh I can't believe it's been 8 years. It's hard to remember a time when he wasn't by my side. This year when I was thinking of all the ways I love this awesome partner and friend of mine something really struck me. This is what I want for my kids. I want them to be loved, respected and supported. I want them to search out and require a healthy love. For them to know how to be a spouse and to feel as loved as I do. There are some little ways we can Continue Reading

Positive Parenting Solutions – Behavior Books

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This positive  parenting post originally appeared on September 9, 2011. I am going to let you in on a little parenting secret today... my dear sweet Little M has a really strong personality.  I'm sure if you have been following me for a while, you are not that surprised. For the most part some firm consequences and a brief "moment alone" will bring her back to her normal, happy, singing self.  While I am not perfect, I do try my very best to use only positive parenting techniques.  In the past few weeks we have had a lot of BIG changes in our house and Little M is not handling it well.  I decided to bring out the big guns! Again...I will Continue Reading

Limiting Screen Time – Why, How To, and What Now

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Screen time is a topic I have carefully avoided. I even wrote up an entire screen time section in Raising a Creative Kid and ended up leaving it out. I guess it's because as a person I love TV, I need the computer to work and once upon a time I was pretty good at video games. As a parent though, I follow a very different set of rules. I primarly have Big M to thank for that.  He came out running... almost literally. By 7 months old he was walking. And quickly. His fascination with exploring the world around him kept me on my toes, and kept him engaged all the time. But if you turned on the TV, no matter what it was, he froze. Even thinking Continue Reading