By Lisa Edwards, Parent Coach Have you ever tried having your kids help you in the kitchen and it turns into a disaster? That has happened to me too many times. Then I started reflecting on my role in the disaster. It was always too easy as a mom to blame it on the kids being too young, or not ready to be in the kitchen. So, I kicked them out, and didn’t let them back in, which was another mistake, because then my kids couldn’t make any food for themselves which left me, ... Read More about Should Kids Help In the Kitchen?
By Dr. Kim Grengs, Parent Coach If you have lost your child, feel comforted that you are not alone! This is my story of how I lost my 3 year old son in a public place. I also share tips to help prevent this from happening to you. My Story Of How I Lost My Child I have three children and it was my middle child's 6th birthday party. We went to a Minor League baseball game with many of his friends. My husband was supposed to be helping me watch our three children and the other boys ... Read More about I Lost My Child, And It Was Terrifying!
By Lisa Reichelt, Parent Coach Family chores are a controversial topic. Parents can’t seem to agree on the best practices for engaging their children in helping around the house. We’ve all heard the saying “Back in my day, kids had chores around the house!” What was it like “back in YOUR day?” Did your parents expect you to help out around the house? Many parents think that it is easier to do the chores themselves because then the job is done correctly the first time. I’d like to suggest ... Read More about Should My Kids Do Chores?
By Lisa Edwards, Parent Coach I will never forget the day that I got “the call" from school. His teacher was calling to tell me that he had been saying some disturbing things at school, and as a team they felt it had reached a more serious level and that he needed help. Not only was he saying he was worthless, that he didn’t want to live and wanted to kill himself, he was going into detail about how he would actually carry this out. He was 10 years old. My 10 year old son ... Read More about My 10 Year Old Son Is Suicidal: A Parenting Story for Support
By Lisa Reichelt, Parent Coach Sibling rivalry is an unavoidable reality in family life. I grew up in a family of 8 siblings and we were masters at rivalry! My brothers used to “manage” my sister and I as we put on kid-sized boxing gloves and used the front entry of our home as our boxing ring. My youngest sister enjoyed being the “bell ringer.” We each took great pride when we won the match and earned the praise of our older brother. Sibling Power! This was all in fun, but ... Read More about Boxing Your Way Out Of Sibling Rivalry