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 […]

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 […]

Mama Says: “I Can’t Do It!”

Dear Mama:  I am at the end of my rope. My competent lovely 3 year old daughter has been saying I can’t do it, from putting on her shoes to drawing a circle to finding her dolls, and she acts helpless and cries and throws a fit when I tell her she can. If I […]

Ask a Mama: The Headaches and Joys of Toddler Independence

Dear Mamas, If I hear one more “Do it, self!” one more time I’m going to scream. From getting in the car (while baby sister is crying for her binky), to getting a diaper from the drawer (which is out of reach), to scooping up rolly polly peas using a fork. I want my 2 […]

Mama Says: “Help! I Yell Too Much!”

Dear Mama, I have three kids from a 13 month old baby to a 6-year-old. My husband travels a lot for business and when he goes all the responsibility for feeding, bathing, disciplining, getting everyone out the door for pre-school every morning, etc. falls on me 24/7. It can be exhausting and there are days […]

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Praise Kids

Want to increase your child’s self-esteem? Make her more resilient and willing to face challenges? Stop praising her. That’s right, stop the atta-girl, you are so smart and strong. An intriguing longitudinal study on parent praise by Carol Dweck, a Harvard researcher, shows that too much positive feedback can backfire and hijack the very attributes […]

Back to Work: 7 Things to Remember

By Rebecca Lemar I didn’t want to return to work. I wanted to keep on tending to my newborn and doing mundane tasks at home in yoga pants. I envisioned myself staying at home until my child turned five, like my mother did with me, but there was no choice. Instead, I found myself handing […]

Mama Says: Should I Play With My Son?

  Dear Mamas:  When my 4-year-old son plays he will ask me to build blocks, play trucks and diggers or whatever he is doing with him. Sometimes it works out okay, but there are many times he gets angry because I am not building the right way or moving the trucks the way he wants […]

“To Share or Not to Share” : That is the Question

by Paula Solis Krock I had a parent ask me a great question the other day. “When I can I expect my four year old to share with her siblings?” While we always want to encourage the language of sharing and considering how others feel, we cannot expect a child to truly grasp the concept […]

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 […]

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