Those long, lovely days of summer can become some of our family’s best memories. But how do we create a little more structure so that summer break is enjoyable for EVERYONE? April and Saren share their best tips here.
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The words parents speak to their children have power to shape their child’s actions. Both what parents say and how they phrase things make a difference in how children respond.
Screen time is an issue for most deliberate mothers. How much time do your children spend in front of a TV, computer, tablet, or phone? Do you struggle to know how much is too much? In this episode, Saren and April offer some ideas that can really help!
Are you ever baffled by your child’s obsession with screens, phones, or video games? Dawn Wessman models a child-lead discussion that eliminated battles, improved her son’s mood, increased learning and activity level, as well as deepened their relationship.
I want to believe that if it works on paper, it works. Period. That if I just make a really outlined time map, a fun and motivating chore system, or a realistic-yet-ambitious goal chart, our home will run perfectly. But most of the time, motherhood doesn’t work that way.
Children need to understand the importance of sleep and how it recharges their bodies, helps them grow, and keeps them healthy. As they are still learning this, bedtime can feel like World War III, but improving behavior starts with us—the parents.
Do your kids struggle to eat anything green? This book by two mothers, one a pediatrician and one a speech-language pathologist, is filled with practical tips on how to help kids eat adventurously.
Is it OK for our children to have smart phones? Should they be able to have their phones in their rooms at night? Should we set limits on how much time they spend doing different things on their phones and on the computer? What are some ways to monitor what they are doing on their […]
Are you struggling with your child’s behavior? The principles in this book may help you discover what needs your child is trying to communicate and how you can coach them to better behavior.
I prioritize family dinner because I want to have a space in the day when my family can come together and be nourished both physically and emotionally. It’s rarely calm and controlled, never clean or quiet, but I’m happy to say that, for the most part, my dinnertime plan is working–for everyone. Here’s how it goes down at my house.
When it comes to raising teenagers, many parents establish a lot of rules and are constantly on the lookout for misbehavior or rebellion. However, nurturing a close relationship with your child could be a better solution.
When bedtime didn’t go as planned, I found a way to show my son that I don’t just love him, I enjoy him too.