Picking up my younger daughter from a summer camp, we passed a middle school camp where cars were double and triple parked. A familiar sight and one that has always surprised me. Here’s what happens: school or camp gets out at 3:30 p.m.
I splashed my face with cold water, hoping to wash away the tears intermingled with anger. As I toweled off my cheeks with the fluffy hotel towel, my father’s words rang through my head, stinging
“Hey, Suzanne,” said the 7-year-old whose sibling had been invited to my daughter’s party and was accompanying his mom to pick her up. “Got anything to eat? I’m hungry.” “Well there’s the leftover pizza from the party. Want me to help you
Last week I shared a post here on Mothering called, “There is Not Always A “Fix” For the Difficult Child.” It was actually a post I wrote some time ago on my own blog about my then two year old. That two year
Just as I’m about the pour a splash of vanilla into the shake I’m making for my son, I hear two blood-curdling screams followed by the sight of my older son, Everest, tearing around the corner with his 3 1/2 year old brother, who
So there you are one afternoon, at the end of your rope with an out-of-control three-year-old. You know you won’t spank him, and you have become mindful of avoiding shame-based measures, so what’s left? Is “Time Out” the answer? At risk of bringing on
Yes, I spanked my son. It was almost twenty years ago, but I still remember it vividly. Ian was six or seven and was stubbornly, defiantly ignoring me right to my face. (About what? Now that I cannot recall!) Something primitive inside me uncoiled
By S.K. Valenzuela Though Valentine’s Day has already come and gone, the whole month of February always seems to me to be dedicated to love. It gives us a fabulous excuse to reflect on what love really is and to assess our growth
“Tantrums” are normal reactions from kids that almost every parent deals with at some point. They can be frustrating and scary for us, particularly if we do not have the tools to guide our children through
Thank you to Dr. Laura Markham and Perigree Books for sharing this exclusive excerpt of Dr. Markham’s new book Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting. How to Set Empathic Limits Setting limits is an essential part of parenting.