1. Parenting Advice: Explain Yourself Once and Move On

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    Here’s a piece of parenting advice I often find myself giving to the parents I coach: Explain yourself once to your child and then move on. You usually can’t end an argument—or make a child do something—by trying to make them understand and agree with you. The fact is, they...
  2. Narcissistic Children and Teens: Does Your Child Act Entitled?

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    Why do so many kids act entitled? No matter what they get—clothes, sneakers, toys, gadgets—they seem to want more, and they don’t understand why they can’t have it immediately. It can be incredibly frustrating when your child reacts with a bad attitude or acting-out behaviour when you say “no” to...
  3. The ODD Child and Sibling Fighting: 5 Survival Tips

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    We’ve all heard the following phrases from our kids: “Stop touching me!” “Give that back!” “Knock it off!” “MOM, he took my stuff!” “DAD, she won’t stay on her side of the car!” Sometimes it’s simply annoying and frustrating, like fingernails on a chalkboard. Other times, arguments cross the line...
  4. Kids Stealing from Parents: What You Need to Know

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    Has your child been caught stealing from you or someone else? Have you found him using your credit card for online gaming, taking money from your wallet without asking, or even taking big-ticket items from your house? The anger, disappointment, and lack of trust you feel can be destructive for...
  5. Are You Doing Too Much for Your Child?

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    As parents, many of us do things for our kids that we were able and expected to do for ourselves when we were children. Our parents didn’t often feel the need to negotiate with our sports coach, solve our every problem, or entertain us in our free time. A big...
  6. Do You Dread Coming Home To Your Kids?

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    “On the way home from work every day, I start getting stressed out because I know that my 15-year-old son will be there waiting, ready to start a fight with me. There are times when I just want to turn the car around and not deal with him anymore, but...
  7. Homework and Bedtime Arguments: 8 Tips for Calmer Nights with Kids

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    “Why can’t I get my kids to get their homework done and off to bed without the constant screaming, bickering, and crying?” If you’ve asked yourself this question regularly, you’re not alone. Parents tell me that homework and bedtime battles are some of the most nerve-wracking, exhausting moments of parenthood....
  8. The Jekyll and Hyde Child: Targeted Behaviour Problems

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    For many children, behavior problems are not universal; they’re targeted. Targeted at dad, at mom, at the stepmother, at the fiancé, at a sibling. The following two case studies reveal how normally charming and compliant children can become defiant or even abusive with one person in the family. James Lehman...
  9. Proper table settings

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    What goes where on the table and which glasses go with what drinks Real easy to remember, the etiquette experts tell us. The general rule with utensils is to start from the outside of your place setting, and work your way toward the service plate (the main meal plate): soup...
  10. 10 good uses for salt

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    Just a pinch of it and it’s worth it. We’re talking salt here. Used throughout human history, mentioned often in the Bible, ubiquitous and cheap. Mined from salt rocks and extracted from sea water, salt is… well, the “salt of the earth.” You can’t live without it healthily. At the...

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