Trick-or-Treat…What To Do with ALL that CANDY?

Before we get into what to do with the mounds of candy kids collect on Halloween each year, we need to take a step back and ask ourselves if our kids seem ready to Trick-or-Treat, or if my child is too old to Trick-or…

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What’s your biggest concern with your kids in middle school?

A current on-line survey says…”Parents say bullying is a greater concern than alcohol, while children themselves worry most about making the right friends”. I’d say that both parents and their kids are on the same page with their concerns.  Because,…

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How much screen time is too much screen time?

Almost daily parents ask me this question, “How much screen time is too much screen time”? The answer to this question is that time is not the real issue; it’s what a screen does to kids brain and behavior.  Catherine…

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Could you be spoiling your kids by saying your proud of them?

Do you ever wonder if you are spoiling your kids by saying you are proud of them…if you want the right answer to this question I recommend you read my colleague Kenneth Barish’s article Understanding Children’s Emotions: The Importance of…

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Back to School…What do kids need in their backpacks?

Traditionally parents spend a lot of time picking out just the right backpack to put their kids essentials in for the first day of school.  It needs to be just the right color, have some identifying graphic or favorite character…

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Pocket Full of Feelings

Here’s the answer to the #1 question parents have asked me over the last 30 years!   The question is “why is my child behaving this way”? Seems like they are pushing my buttons and I’m at my wits end!…

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Remembering my Mom…What Alzheimer’s Gives and Takes

  On this Mother’s Day I am blessed to still have my mom at almost 90 years old.  For years I’ve had the tradition of giving my mom a Birthday gift on my birthday.  I started this tradition after I…

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Boston Marathon Heartbreak… Parents Talking to Kids

By now we’ve all seen the horrible images of the bombing at the Boston Marathon.  Some of your children, especially if they are older, saw or heard about it before you had the chance to talk to them.  Some of…

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What’s the ULTIMATE in Sibling Rivalry?

This years Super Bowl, better known as the Harbowl! This Sunday Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events in our country. Even if you are not a sports fan your probably going to watch it just for the…

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New Year’s Resolutions… Learn, Give, Grow and Change!

January of any year is famously all about promises. At the beginning of the year we usually reflect on the last and resolve to change in the year ahead. Change is good, it means we are moving forward and not…

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