Category Archives: Emerging Adult Children 19-25

How To Get More Patience

Like a good marriage, it really helps to ignore a lot of daily irritations. Anger is like a fish-hook. We can choose to bite or swim on by. Sometimes, we just keep on swimming! Sometimes, we have to ignore the … Continue reading

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Non-Punitive Screen-Time Family Contract

https://www.todaysparent.com/family/parenting/an-age-by-age-guide-to-kids-and-smartphones/ Also featured in Today’s Parent Magazine Family Screen Time Contract  A Contract for Digital Health and Safety between Parent_____ and Child(ren)_____ Date:_________________ CHILD I agree to always ask you for help, explanation, advice and information regarding anything I can’t … Continue reading

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Giving Kids Their Own Personal Space

Small house, many children: How to give kids personal space Humans are territorial and want some control over their belongings and the space where they are kept.  We love to nest and this is the beginning of that behaviour for … Continue reading

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Gift Giving from the Heart and Hands (instead of the wallet)

Last Christmas, I had enough of shopping. With five children in the family, even with buying only one present to each other, there would have been 49 gifts to shop, pay for and eventually add to the inevitable mound in … Continue reading

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Peaceful Parenting With Differing Parenting Styles

  Parenting can be a real challenge for partners who don’t always agree in their parenting styles.  Luckily, there are some tips for a more peaceful atmosphere at home. 1.Striving for a united front is difficult. Let’s imagine that you … Continue reading

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8 Parenting Myths Not Grounded in Research

There are always some common parenting myths that seem to pop up as questions in my classes of teaching parenting over the last twenty years.  I am constantly amazed at how wide-spread they are across North America and Europe. There … Continue reading

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Attachment Parenting 101

“The attachment parenting philosophy is based on empathetically responding immediately to a child’s direct and indirect needs.  Attachment parenting is about treating children with dignity and respect afforded any adult.” These words were written by Ellen Percival and Sherry Kerr … Continue reading

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10 Ways Kids Can Say “No!” to Peers

As we are heading into back to school season, children may pick up that peer pressure exists in their school either directly or indirectly. Some peer pressure is positive, but some isn’t. One of the best lessons they can learn … Continue reading

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The Last Day of Parenting (After 29 Busy Years)

Today, is the last day that I’m on active parenting duty.  It began on a sunny, hot, cloudless day on June 29, 1991 when my first son came into our lives. The other book-end, my baby, my youngest of 5 … Continue reading

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How To Get Kids To Do Chores and At What Age?

Parenting expert, Judy Arnall, discusses the democratic, non-punitive way to get kids (and partners!) to help around the house! What Chores When? 2-3 years old (done with adult) Empty small wastebaskets Put on pj’s Pick up trash in yard Wash … Continue reading

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