I have a long-standing disagreement with punishment. When I was a child I would think to myself when I was punished, “Geez! You don’t have to punish me. Just tell me what I did wrong and what to do instead!” Punishment always seemed like an overreaction. It was only when I became a parent and a therapy graduate student that I realized that, indeed, it was an overreaction! READ MORE
It’s two o’clock in the morning, and I’m up awake. Our baby is crying, and I’m not sure why, but I think she just wants the comfort of being cuddled by her mom....Read More
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We all raise our children to be truthful. To not lie. To be honest. They are learning these ideals from traitors — mommy and daddy. From the moment they are pretty much born, we start in with the lies. One right after the other. READ MORE
Oh man, my kids are at that age where you better hide yo’ bad hair, hide yo’ extra weight, and hide yo’ age because they are going to point it out to you.
Loudly. READ MORE
Thank you for this new day I get to spend with my children. They are a true blessing and I am so lucky to have them.
So far today I have not raised my voice to my children. I have not given them a dirty look, have not rolled my eyes, and have not once looked at the clock to see if I can justify putting them to bed. I have not said a harsh word or tried to reason with my two-year-old as to why she cannot bang on my laptop in an attempt to “work” with me. I have not scolded my son for climbing up on the table over and over and over again. I have been patient, kind, and loving. READ MORE
All parents have something they dread most from their children. For me, it’s my kids being overly tired. They’re not just tired. They’re cranky, fussy, irritable, and do things they normally wouldn’t do. If I don’t catch that they’re overly...Read More