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Get out of the middle of the parenting road
It’s summer and my daughter and her friend want to go to the pool to play. I fantasize that the
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The Best Mother’s Day Gift of All
Dear Devoted You, Mother’s Day is a sweet time to recognize all the good. I feel so lucky because I’ll
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This Too Shall Pass: Why a developmental lens on your kids will set you free
Being a parent brings up loads of baggage — memories, judgments, regrets, and even feelings of shame. We project these
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How We Learn and Practice Courage
It was the end of our summer time together. My sister and I had a van FULL of kids, hers,
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Why DO you want your child to develop grit?
by Victoria Thorp In recent weeks, a new book called “Grit,” by Dr. Angela Duckworth has made quite a splash, with
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The Hug: It’s How You Ask that Makes All the Difference
Shortly after Eric finished up my 7- week parenting series, he sent me this story which beautifully illustrates the power
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Don’t Hate Your Teenager: 7 Ways to Turn Ugliness into Love Again
My relationship with my teen has been jaggedy. Over the past several months I’ve felt tested and provoked like never
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Resources for Parenting Together… getting beyond the parenting clash
As much as we wish it weren’t true, our relationship with our parenting partner, how we communicate, how we make
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It’s crazy out there… so what do you want for the holidays? World peace? I’m with you! Here’s how we
If you’re like me, you’re struggling right now to wrap your head around all that’s been going on in the
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When Kids Lie
Guest post by Marcilie Smith Boyle The topic of lying came up in my parenting class last week. We were
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Why Lazy Parenting Maybe the Ticket to Raising Smarter, More Responsible Kids
It just slipped out. I didn’t mean to say in front of the 25 parents who’d come to learn strategies
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The Surprising Way Autopilot Can Make You a Better Parent
Being on autopilot has gotten a bad rap. Mindless, unconscious, not thinking, a cognitive state in which you act without
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How to parent in the midst of catastrophic health issues
This summer’s been a doozy. What once felt like a series of mini health crises has come to feel like
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Part Three: What You Say Either Helps or Hurts Sibling Relationships
In Part One we looked at the tremendous learning that results from sibling relationships. In Part Two we looked at
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Your Surprising Role in Sibling Fights (& How to Change it)
Here’s Part Two of the 3 part Sibling Series: More Good, Less Ugly: Everything you Need to Know to Foster Healthy
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Sibling Series Index: How to Foster Good Relations
Sibling strife is a hot button issue. When I started writing a post on the topic it quickly became clear
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Part One: Don’t Worry: There’s Hidden Treasure in Sibling Battles
My oldest went off to college in the Fall, leaving his two younger siblings behind. I wondered how his leaving
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Mean Voice? What Mean Voice? Are you as Oblivious as I was? How to Ensure Your Parenting Style Doesn’t Negatively
Recently I received an email (with this photo) from Eric, a dad in my parenting class. There have been so
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How to Cope When Your Kid Feels Miserable
We want our kids to be happy and feel good about themselves — knowing they’re struggling can feel unbearable. Today’s
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Q & A: Where Do You Draw the Line Between Empathy and Helicopter Parenting?
Q: As the mother of a middle school girl, I struggle to be empathetic without jumping on the roller coaster
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So your toddler wants to run your baby over with his tricycle… how to protect your children from each other!
During a parent education evening last week, I rattled on about the importance of encouragement in parenting and shared my
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How to Bite Your Tongue all the Way to True Empathy
In my last post, I shared how I missed an opportunity to practice empathy. Today’s story is the unexpected follow-up:
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When Empathy Goes Out The Window
Until recently I thought I was really good at empathy. This was something I didn’t need to work at –
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Your Child Doesn’t Need a Standing Ovation: How to use encouragement to instill true confidence in your child
My neighbor planted identical shrubs on either side of the walk up to her front door. The one on the
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Why Susan Sarandon has a Hold on Me
Years ago I read an interview with Susan Sarandon. When asked if she missed the thrill of working in between
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Mom survives serious teen slob years and lives to tell the tale!
Does your pushing, coaxing and forcing your teen to clean up after herself fall on deaf ears? When my son leaves a
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This is not my beautiful house
Today’s guest post is written by my cousin Will Porter. I’m standing in a men’s restroom stall at a rest
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Stop pretending to listen to your kids… they know you’re not.
I have a confession. When my daughter asks me if I like Elsa or Anna better, my eyes glaze over.
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Kids and Chores: Why Giving Up (and Giving In) Hurts Everyone
Let’s face it. Most kids today  s–l—i—-d—–e  when it comes to contributing. You go through the motions of assigning chores,
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4 Ways to Fix “If you’re not in the car in 1 minute I’m leaving without you!”
It’s a typical morning, nothing out of the ordinary. The boys haven’t brushed their teeth and I’m yelling, BRUSH! And
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Winning Genuine Cooperation by Showing Empathy and Validating Feelings
You know those times when you’ve just got to get your child to do something important (go to the doctor,
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One EASY way to get your kid to butter her own toast!
One of my favorite sayings in Positive Discipline is “Don’t do anything for your child they can do for themselves.”
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If only I could care less… a guest post by Marcilie Smith Boyle
There it was again.  A wet towel lying on my 11-year-old’s bedroom floor. I’m not a neat freak, I swear.
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My “losing it” redo plus a powerful Positive Discipline tool
Do you often feel CHALLENGED by your child? You’re not alone. If you’re like me, you’ve got a kid who
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I LOST IT with my kids
You know those moments when you are pushed to the brink, when you know that just one more movement or
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Should I be more like my dog?
I’ve been thinking a lot about my oldest son – 18 today! He’s the first born, a quiet, self-sufficient guy
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New Year’s Resolution Redux
Note:  I first published this post one year ago and re-reading on the first day of 2015, I find it still
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The gift that keeps on giving
Images are powerful. Today’s mail included my daily Lands’ End catalogue with a cover photo that caught my eye:  a
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The Message of Love
Over dinner recently, my dear friend Katie, a graduate of one of my very first parenting classes, shared her biggest take
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Kind-and-Firm: a Positive Parenting Fundamental
In Positive Discipline a fundamental concept for teaching our children confidence and self-reliance is to be kind-and-firm at the same
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Power Struggle Turn Around!
Let’s face it, we can’t do it alone. Have you had that experience where you find yourself in a tight
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Free Parenting Workshop! Join Us!
I am so excited to team up with the inspiring Rev. Monte McClain to bring your an evening of Positive
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A Sliding Door Moment
A favorite time of day for me is when my family has gone to bed. The children are all tucked
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Transforming the Little Moments to Bring in the Light
Wouldn’t it be great to have a “before” and “after” parenting show? Last month I traveled on swanky Virgin America
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The Self-Care Connection
I’ve come to realize something about me and food. The healthier I eat, the better I feel. Duh! Here’s my
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Weekly family meetings – your lifeboat!
Have your kids plunged into the sea of school yet? Do the homework, sports, music lessons…. all feel like huge
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What I learned on our RV vacation
I did something I never imagined I’d do.  I took an RV trip with my family for 9 days. One
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What I did when my daughter said “You’re the boringest and I HATE YOU!” on our first day of summer.
My husband texted me “Just rode our first coaster – Colossus! ” Little does he know I’ve been riding one
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Welcome to the blog!
Hi, I’m Lisa. I’m a parenting educator and a life coach. Like you, I love my kids and am wildly
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