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Parenting by Trial and Error?

...It seemed so easy when they were lying under their arch of toys swatting at the little rainbow in the center. As I look back on it my biggest problem was when I gave birth to the twins and got to introduce their big brother for the first time. He took one look at them and high tailed it out of that room so fast. Not sure what his plan was, but I can tell you it didn’t include either of them! Fortunately one of his aunts were nearby and raced down the hall to collect him. I look back at parenting then and now and realize that I’m not getting more than I can handle, and that we still learn by trial and error.

September 4th, 2017|Categories: Parenting|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Why Does Vlinder Work? Behavior Management

Good question! Something that I, as the creator, should be able to explain to you. For those that have never read my blogs…Vlinder is a behavior management game or program that uses positive reinforcement to reward clearly set expectations. For more information visit the website. This is not about how [...]

Take 5

Today I’m here to help you be more mindful the next time you are angry with your child and trying to give a lesson in the moment. The problem is that we are tunnel visioned when we are angry and less rational. Why is that a problem? Your child is [...]

My Kid is a Liar

I can still remember the look on my child’s face when he got caught in his first lie. It was the perfect mixture of defiance and embarrassment with neither behavior wanting to make an appearance. He wasn’t sure how to face the disappointment he had caused yet desperately wanted to find a loophole out of the situation. It was a hard lesson that day and it wasn’t the last. The fact is kids start “lying” for a variety of reasons and it isn’t until they are older that it starts to become deliberate and something that needs an intentional intervention.

A Child’s First Pet

Parents reach a point in their child’s lives when they start thinking about pet ownership. It is a wonderful way to teach responsibility and empathy. It is not a decision to be taken lightly. Far to many pets are left abandoned as a result of a fun family endeavor. Here are some considerations to review before a trip to the pet store.

June 10th, 2017|Categories: Family|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on A Child’s First Pet

Angry in a Flash

There is more in a moment of anger than we credit; many different internal and external factors are at play. We have little control over some, but, we always have control over our reactions. We need to remember that when it comes to our children.

Summer is Here Now What?

School is almost over and families everywhere are planning for summer. The last thing you want is to have kids hanging around playing video games. We no longer live in an age where one can say, “Be back before dark”. Where are the days when summer meant lazing around the pool with friends! The good news is that caregivers everywhere can add event coordinator to their resume. I was amazed to find out what that involved.

May 29th, 2017|Categories: Family|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Summer is Here Now What?

Barriers to Communication

We go through life doing our best to be understood. But lets face it, it can be difficult. So many people coming from so many different walks of life. Each person having their own experience filter which has the ability to distort a message. The best we can do is be aware of the challenges of effective communication and do our part. As parents we do a little more by teaching our kids.

May 11th, 2017|Categories: Social Skills|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Barriers to Communication

Self-fulfilling Prophecy and Parenting

Have you ever thought of how self-fulfilling prophesy affects your parenting? First we have to define self-fulfilling prophesy, because I have a suspicion that not too many parents have stopped to think about it. Which is too bad because it could change the outcome of many negative experiences for the better.

May 10th, 2017|Categories: Social Skills|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Self-fulfilling Prophecy and Parenting