Parenting Articles

What Every Mother Knows

Every mother intuitively knows the supreme importance of the relationship between her and her child with every fibre of her being, for Nature has designed it to be this way. There is nothing obscure or esoteric about the bond of intuitive...

Mom’s Weekend Pass: Two Nights Away to Recharge Your Batteries

Let’s be honest, whether we are at home with the kids or employed while mothering, the daily demands of family life take their toll on our minds and bodies. All moms need a break from time to time—it makes me think of the mythical country song “How...

When Consequences Don’t Work

Your son rides his bike without a helmet. Again. You’ve nagged, begged, pleaded, and informed him of the dangers of riding without one. Next, you’ve issued Consequences! You’ve taken the bike away and put it in the garage for a day, then a week, and...

Mindful Parenting

The Buddhist concept of “mindfulness”, which means deeply paying attention to the present moment, can profoundly enrich your experience as a parent. We spend much of our lives unconsciously absorbed in a future that hasn’t happened yet, or in...

Simple Secrets That Create Happy Family Memories

Did you know that research has found that doing simple rituals enhances our feelings of togetherness and family belonging by almost 20 percent? What’s more, those home traditions and customs also increase our kids’ social skills and...

Mother Love

Mother love needs to be cultivated for the good of mankind and for the wellbeing of our sacred planet. The potential for this all-embracing maternal consciousness lies within all of us, male and female. Very often, it is when we hold our first...

The Gift Every Child Really Wants

Whether we observe Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Solstice, the holidays have become more stressful for many parents and less happy for many children. By the time we add shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating, and holiday events to our already...

Also labeled: Author Pam Leo , Issue #12

Fifty Ways to Improve your Child's Behavior and Attention Span: Without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion

Provide a balanced breakfast. Consider the Feingold diet. Limit television and video games. Teach self-talk skills. Find out what interests your child. Promote a strong...

Also labeled: Issue #11

The Wild Child

Domesticated animals confined to farms, zoos, and similar unnatural habitats lack a certain “spark” found in their wild counterparts. They’ve been bred or trained to live apart from their nature. They’ve adjusted to their lack of freedom...

Also labeled: Author Scott Noelle, Issue #11

Joyful Positive Parenting

Joyful parenting in a positive and unlimited way respects children for who they truly are and nurtures their greatest potential. Imagine how powerful a person could be if parented in this way. What if there were no limiting beliefs or...

Discipline Is The Problem, Not The Solution

When things in my classroom hit bottom, there were days when I was convinced that the kids stayed up nights plotting ways to make my life miserable. It was only later that I realized their disruptions were basically just intended to make the time...

Also labeled: Author Alfie Kohn, Issue #11

Help For Parents of Hard to Raise Kids

As he examined a new patient with a terrible case of hives, Ben F. Feingold, md, had no idea that in a few years his work would shake up fundamental beliefs about food, behavior, and learning, and help shape new ones. The year was 1965. Dr....

Also labeled: Issue #10

The 5-Minute Solution

The scene: I was working diligently at the computer in my home office when my 2.5-year-old daughter, Willow, approached my desk and grabbed a pile of 4x6-inch photos that I had carelessly left within her reach. These pictures of our older daughter...

Also labeled: Author Scott Noelle, Issue #10

Handling Unwanted Advice

“Help! I’m getting so frustrated with the endless stream of advice I get from my mother-in-law and brother! No matter what I do, I’m doing it wrong. I love them both, but how do I get them to stop dispensing all this unwanted...

Nourishing Your Independent Toddler

Somewhere between 12 and 18 months of age, your easygoing infant becomes a toddler striving to take control of his or her activities. When you want her to get dressed, she decides pajamas would be perfect for the park. When you call him to come in,...

Also labeled: Author Cathie Olson, Issue #09

5 Reasons to Stop Saying "Good Job"

Hang out at a playground, visit a school, or show up at a child’s birthday party, and there’s one phrase you can count on hearing repeatedly: ‘Good job!’ Here’s why it may not be the best thing to say. Even tiny infants are praised for...

Also labeled: Author Alfie Kohn, Issue #09

The Well-Balanced Child

Every parent wants to raise the perfect child: healthy, happy, loved, and respected with high achievements and even higher goals. We want our children to have the things we didn’t have and to achieve their dreams. This is all well and good, unless w...

Keep Your Young Athlete Healthy and Fit

It is March, the time of year when your children are starting to play little league baseball, softball, soccer, or some other spring sport. Playing outdoors brings a lot of enjoyment for children and parents, especially after a few months of indoor...

How to Have a Happy Marriage: When You’re Busy Being Parents

Is your marriage everything you ever hoped it could be? Or has it been pushed down your list of priorities since having children? Let’s face it, parenthood is a full-time job, and it dramatically changes your marriage relationship. But marriage is t...

Dad’s Role in Play

“Dad’s role in child play key to later development,” Gottman says. Today’s fathers want to be more involved with their babies than their own fathers were, and their involvement can play a critical role in a child’s future. That’s the message...

Also labeled: Author Josh Parks, Issue #07