Conflict Resolution

Back To School Tips For Divorced Parents

Posted August 30, 2010 by Lela Davidson

Back to school is a mixture of excitement and dread for many children. These tips can help divorced parents keep the focus on what's important: the child.

Education Roundup: The Parent-Teacher Communication Edition

Posted August 27, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Communication between home and school is important. Take a look through these resources to help ensure that the communication between you and your child's teacher is the best it can be.

Take Your Kids to the Park (and Leave Them There) Day Is Almost Here: Are You A "Free Range" Parent?

Posted May 21, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Lenore Skenazy, the writer/columnist/mom/blogger who started yet another crack in the great parental divide when she wrote about letting her nine-year old son ride a subway alone in New York, is encouraging moms and dads to take what may be considered a radical step for today’s parents.

Making the Most Out of TV: Tips for Educational and Limited Viewing

Posted April 23, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Don't let television be just a babysitter for young children. Used properly, television can help entertain and teach your children. Make your child’s time in front of the tube work for everyone.

Bad Behavior Needs Quirky Discipline

Posted April 21, 2010 by Maggie Wells

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By-the-book discipline just doesn't always work. Sometimes, you have to get quirky. Or maybe you need to go extra verbal.

Stealth Bullying: Flying Below the Parental Radar

Posted April 20, 2010 by Fred Lee

While bullying continues to be a problem, the perpetrators are often able to deceive adults and continue their abusive behavior.

Why Some Kids Get Bullied

Posted April 2, 2010 by Fred Lee

Certain personality characteristics seem to predispose kids to being targeted for bullying.

The Apron Strings Have a Long Reach: Moms and Boys

Posted March 31, 2010 by Fred Lee

Having a good relationship with his mother can have a profound and long-lasting influence on a boy's behavior.

Teaching Kids Self-Control Helps Reduces Classroom Problems

Posted March 26, 2010 by Fred Lee

When schoolkids are mentored in controlling their emotions, it results in better classroom behavior.

Childless House Guests in the Kid Zone

Posted February 12, 2010 by Maggie Wells

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It can make or break a friendship if you can’t communicate about all the mishaps waiting in the wings when a childless friend comes to call. So here it goes — my list of things to tell your buddy before you start freaking out and they start thinking you are from another planet.

Lessons in Parenting: Teenagers Actually Do Listen To Us

Posted February 10, 2010 by Fred Lee

It may not seem like it, but teenagers are not only listening to their parents, but they even appreciate and value their presence.

Disciplining Other People’s Kids

Posted January 27, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Regardless of the type of social activity, parents have to deal with one another’s children. And like our own, kids will sometimes misbehave. What do you do when children misbehave in your presence?

Allow Me to Scare the Snot Out of Your Toddler

Posted November 26, 2009 by Lela Davidson

Yelling is not the ideal form of communication. However, science now shows us that toddlers with a lower than average "fear response" may be genetically doomed to a life of crime. Could yelling help? If so, I'm available.

The Slaughter of Innocence

Posted November 19, 2009 by Maggie Wells

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I keep hearing the stories of children being killed by their parents, their mother’s boyfriends, the next door neighbor. It feels so common place that we should hear of deaths under the age of 10 that I almost feel like I’m being stupid for raising the question -- but I’ll ask it anyway. Why does it seem like we are killing our children?

Oh NO! Not MY Kid

Posted September 12, 2009 by Maggie Wells

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The playgrounds only ever have two children: the bully and the victim. Which one is your kid and how do you handle it?

The Art of War: How Arguing in Front of Your Kids Can Benefit Them

Posted August 11, 2009 by Sonja Stewart

Before you take that disagreement with your spouse to the bedroom, think about how your children may learn of it. It's a fine line, but if you can play by the rules, your kids will benefit from your “heated discussion,” and pick up some valuable tools.

Parenting Lessons: What I learned from Redneck Softball

Posted July 23, 2009 by Maggie Wells

I have been collecting information, advice, and observations about different cultural styles in parenting. This is the result of half a summer’s work. Lesson number one? Embracing Redneck Softball and all it has to offer is making me a better parent--teaching me to love without hovering.

Coping With Group Projects

Posted April 24, 2009 by Julie Rains

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Teachers seem to assign group projects on a routine basis now vs. hardly ever when I was a student. But not everyone likes group work. I particularly enjoy the observation of Scout Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird that “miles of construction paper and wax crayon were expended by the State of Alabama in its well-meaning but fruitless efforts to teach me Group Dynamics.” Here are ideas on coping with group activities.

Has The Time Come For Me To Beat My Kids?

Posted March 27, 2009 by Paul Michael

I've always been easy on my two little girls, but recently it occurred to me that I've been a little too easy on them. I play the part of the good cop, my wife teaching them more about life than I do. And I finally came to realize the other day that I may just have to start beating them. I'm talking, of course, about competitive games.

Thoughts from the Amtrak Train: Bad Behavior

Posted January 17, 2009 by Maggie Wells

I don't think my kids are the model of good behavior but enough people around me do think they are. We've been on a train trip meeting all sorts of people...perhaps they are models. And if they are, here's why...