December 2, 2018

Risk is a process of stretching…of going beynd what is usually given.  It takes commitment and courage.  It is a considered decision to ‘stretch’ outside the comfort zone and usually creates some degree of discomfort.  

Emotional risk is different than practical risk.  Many people/children can extend themselves into a rough spo...

September 28, 2018

Some Pre-planning

  1.  Think carefully about when you invite children and for how long.  Don’t have someone over when you are very tired or stressed or busy and the ideal playdate is usually less than two hours

  2.  Plan ahead with your child

                          How long will the child stay?...

March 22, 2018

When children come home complaining.... Maybe you think it is nice that they are sharing problems, but what if they are simply off-loading and pouring their problems on to you and then not doing enough to help themselves with it?  Passing problems is easy... especially to a sympathetic ear who might come up with lots of suggestions of ways to 'fix' li...

November 27, 2017

Helping your children be less bothered by ‘bored’

Your children may be blessed to have rich lives with lots of adult support, entertainment, activities and treats.  This is delightful but might decrease their ability to manage moments that are boring…….(including those that are less stimulating, less novel, less lovely and less easy, or even less suppo...

September 13, 2016

Have you ever thought of creating consequences WITH (and for) your child??

This blog is about moving from the dreaded nagging and random-on the spot-penalties -

towards constructive and cooperative consequences that are small enough to be carried out, without drama and too much resistance, and significant enough to change behavior over time.

Penalties  a...

June 16, 2016

Is nagging and non-responding wearing you down?   

Tired of hearing yourself instruct???  In some Asian countries you see the traffic police on a high box, above the road, madly blowing whistles and even waving flags…..but not getting much response from the drivers who are too used to this drama and can tune it out.  Are you that parent?  Living i...

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