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Seven alternatives to punishment

Seven alternatives to punishment

Six-year old Bobby walks into the kitchen from playing soccer.  Bobby’s dad, Tom, had asked Bobby to take off his muddy shoes before entering the house.  Red Georgia mud dotted…

Change behavior by changing rules, environment, attitudes

Change behavior by changing rules, environment, attitudes

“Lisa is so different from Grace.  Grace never broke anything when she was this age.  Lisa breaks something every day,” Meg told me at our playgroup with our one-year olds. …

Emotional vitamins: How structure helps your child

Emotional vitamins: How structure helps your child

Dr. Robert Shaw in his book, The Epidemic, tells us that there are two “emotional vitamins” we can provide for our children: clear structure and clear expectations.  How do we…

Prepare a place for your child

Prepare a place for your child

“Pretend that you just found out that you’ll have to be in a wheelchair for a year, possibly longer.  What adjustment would you have to make to your home to…

Don’t be a ‘dolt’

Don’t be a ‘dolt’

“I can’t tell you ‘cause you’re a dolt,” Kenny said through his sniffles. “A dolt?” I thought.  What did I do to be called a dolt by a kindergartner in…

Get prepared for preschool

Get prepared for preschool

Mornings are cooler.  The sun rises later.  The excitement of school beginning wafts in the air.  These are my memories when school started in mid-September.  In two weeks, school resumes…