Take the One Thing for Spring Challenge

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in the movement… Read More

Parent-Teacher Conversations

          Productive collaborations between family and school, therefore, will demand that parents and teachers recognize the critical importance               of each other’s participation in the life of the child.  –          Sara Lawrence Lightfoot Teachers gain plenty of experience over time having difficult conversations… Read More

Strategies for Teaching Self-Control

“I think of discipline as the continual everyday process of helping a child learn self-discipline.” – Fred Rogers The responders to the question “How do you teach children self-control?” provided lots of rich ideas. In addition to theirs, I have added some… Read More

The Power of Self Control

We are the hero of our own story. – Mary McCarthy In the hero’s journey, an ordinary person is called through extraordinary circumstances to sacrifice a part of him or herself in order to serve the greater good. In doing so, the… Read More

Dinner: Delight or Disaster?

A smiling face is half the meal. –          Proverb Food is inherently social. Often mealtime can be a source of great stress with children. Each family members’ unspoken goals for the meal can differ. Parents want kids to sit down with them,… Read More

What Can I Do about Sandy Hook Elementary School?

Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart walking around outside your body. –       Elizabeth Stone And this is the very reason why the events of Sandy Hook Elementary School have… Read More

Gifts from the Heart

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. ― Mother Teresa Many of the major magazines are publishing gift guides with lots of smart ideas to make holiday shopping easy. That’s fine for presents that cost… Read More

A Grateful State of Mind

If you worry and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings. –          Count your Blessings, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, 1942 It’s true. People who think about what they are grateful for do… Read More

The Heart of Family

A successful marriage (partnership) requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966 Marriage (partnership): that I call the will of two to create the one who is more than those who… Read More

Parent Private Investigator

Ponton: You never cease to surprise me, sir. Inspector Jacques Clouseau: It’s true. My surprises, they are rarely unexpected. –          The Pink Panther, 2006[i] Do you sometimes feel like you have to be a detective when your child melts down? You know… Read More