Real Talk

The Making of a Moral Compass

By Nancy Blakey When my children were small they moved through little fibbing phases. When I would ask, “Did you spill that box of cereal on the floor?” I would get a “No! Not me!” knowing full well it was him. I wondered about these little lies and wanted to come up with a strategy […]

10 Ways to Raise Fearless Kids

Being a perfectionist is no fun. In fact it can be downright paralyzing. Fear of failure limits life to safe choices where there are no mistakes, but also no daring ideas or the kind of pluck that leads you to exploration and adventure. The good news is, fearlessness is a learned behavior. The bad news […]

Mama Says: “I Need Screen Time!”

Dear Mama How do I handle my kids running around fighting and screaming when it is pouring rain outside, they are sick of their toys, and I need 30 minutes of peace? I love the idea of no screen time, but sometimes it seems like the ONLY solution. Confession:  I used the TV when the […]

Top 10 Ways to a Happy Childhood

I had what I consider a happy childhood, but when I lay out the facts, it looks miserable: I was the oldest of five and my father was an alcoholic. We had very little money and I was expected to pay for everything discretionary–from a bicycle to a prom dress—myself. We uprooted and moved constantly […]

Mama Says: Bang-Bang Boys and Guns

My 5 yr. old son is what many describe as a “boy’s boy”, and I am learning what that means. Last year he got some Nerf guns. And it is remarkably fun to have battles with him in the house etc. So here is where it starts getting tricky: We have recently moved to a […]

Curiosity Cures Boredom

There is no cure for curiosity—Dorothy Parker If I were a Fairy Godmother bestowing a precious gift upon a child, I would choose the gift of curiosity. Plink! And you shall go out and ask why, and what would happen if….. You shall receive skinned knees and dangle from trees. You will lift up rocks, […]

Mama Says: “My Best Friend’s Kids Are Out of Control!”

Dear Mama—I have a sticky dilemma. My best friend’s kids are out of control! We both have 4 and 6 year olds and we started out thinking how perfect the timing was, but now I am not so sure. She caves on everything, gives her kids whatever they want to keep them ‘quiet’, and there […]

The Importance of Clean-Up: 10 Ways to Boost Help

Our young son was building tanks and trucks from a gigantic plastic bin filled with Legos. It was a multi-day process that required experimental crashes down the stairs, and head-on collisions between vehicles to see which design was stronger. On day three I surveyed the mess, the wrecks, the scattered bricks of plastic. I was […]

The Most Powerful Words in the World

It was a long day filled with tasks. I wanted more time, more leisure, more space between the doing of things. I sighed and pulled on my boots. Our family was coming up on the first year anniversary of my husband’s death and we were all struggling with the firsts—the first Thanksgiving without his gravy, […]

On Raising Resilient Kids: 10 Ways to Let Go

There is a lively discussion in the parenting world about how much parents need to manage their children’s lives, but there is no doubt when kids are left alone with a new idea or skill they are more engaged and willing to tolerate mistakes.  This leads to resiliency, a skill we all need to face […]

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...