Behavior & Issues

Can I hear the magic word, please?

“I’m cold!” – the demanding voice from the back seat.  My husband’s hand stretches towards the car AC controls.  I am gently pushing it back towards the steering wheel.  “Cold!” – the voice becomes nastier.  This time around daddy manages to turn down the AC dial.  I swiftly dial it back.  An evil mom freezing [...]

Teach your child not to interrupt in one simple step

Mom, mom, mom… How many times did you child try to ask you something when you were talking to someone? I bet, many! How to teach children to wait and not interrupt, but to show them that you know that they want to ask something? We loved the article by Kate Gribble on www.aneverydaystory.com about how to teach [...]

Public Tantrum: Common Mistakes Before, During and Afterwards.

The dreaded.  The terrifying.  The embarrassing.  The ear-splitting.  The Public Tantrum.  The king of all tantrums. I am happy to say that I haven’t had a lot of those.  Yet, two days ago, I’ve got the biggest one I’ve ever faced: my usually calm and cheerful five year old, after a terrific day and an [...]

Pink vs. Blue, or How Convention Defeated Mom

I consider myself a very lucky parent, because my children in my opinion are very easy going. There is very little drama when it comes to my kids’ daily life (except maybe when it’s meal time, but that is a whole different story). When it comes to clothes, I’ve heard and sympathized with a friend [...]

Sleep Trainer shares her view on Cry It Out Loud method as a professional and as a mother

Thanks to SleepbyConnection for sharing this wonderful personal insight in our Sleep Training discussion (see “Crying it out” may damage baby’s brain and Cute parenting technique or child abuse?) As a retired sleep trainer and now a sleep deprived mother, my knowledge of the brain, years of sleep training, years of working with all kinds [...]

Teaching Your Child Good Manners

I once saw a woman shopping in a store with her young child. One of the cashiers who was helping this little family happened to be an older woman. The young child, staring at the cashier’s wrinkles and slightly saggy skin, blurted out a very loud question for her mother. “Mommy, why is that woman’s [...]