Fight the Pressure to Over-Schedule Your Children

From early morning to late evening most families buzz with non-stop activity that shifts into overdrive during the school year. Extra curricular sign up sheets abound, and the impulse to engage your children in multiple endeavors becomes hard to resist.… Read More

4 Working Attitudes for Parents of One

A parent’s approach to rearing has far more to do with the child’s behavior and eventual outcome than does the number of siblings he does or doesn’t have. In order to achieve a livable balance, parents of onlies must think big; they must operate as if they had a clan.… Read More

More than Mom’s Pot Roast: The Why and How of Family Dinner

Picture Norman Rockwell, the classic American painter, alive today and commissioned to paint a scene of our generation’s family dinner. Would it be of paper-wrapped peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches strewn on an SUV’s backseat? Or of your young son or daughter trying to swallow a sandwich whole while running on to the soccer field for practice?… Read More

Night, Night: Bedtime Rituals Grow Warm Memories

Most of us feel as if the entire day flies by without a moment to catch our breaths. Although parents usually follow a bedtime ritual with their young children, it, too, is often cut short or rushed. But reserving that time and making it sacred reaps both immediate and long-term rewards for you and your child.… Read More

What To Say When a Parent Gets Under Your Skin

Even when you are all grown up, parents have the ability to get under your skin. But part of the problem may also be that you continue to allow them to treat you like a child by responding the same way you always did—perhaps, flying off the handle, quietly simmering, or sulking and feeling guilty.… Read More