Getting kids to do chores is one of the most common arguments families have. Who can’t relate to this picture? You’re yelling, “Why haven’t you cleaned your room yet?” while your child is on the couch watching TV, shouting back, “I’ll do it later!” The reason kids don't like doing chores is the same reason adults... Read more »
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It’s finally happening. The moment most parents both dread and look forward to. Their kid is moving out of the house for the first time and heading off to college. You have high hopes for their future (or maybe you don’t). Empty nest syndrome is a powerful thing. Did you raise them well enough? Are... Read more »
When we hear from parents about the issue of lying, we often hear them say: “I don’t know what I feel worse about…her sneaking out or her lying to me about it!” When you catch your child or teen in a lie, it is common to experience a flood of emotions. Lying hurts and it is okay... Read more »
As you push your cart through the store you hear a wail from the next aisle. The cry starts low and rises sharply, followed by, “I need it! But I NEED IT!!!” You turn into the aisle and see a mom trying to get her 6-year-old to stop shouting. His cries are getting louder and louder. This... Read more »
Do you have an adult child living at home with you? If so, you are not alone. A recent report by the Pew Research Center shows that living with parents is the most common living arrangement for 18- to 34-year-olds in the U.S. There are many factors that can lead to this -- changes in the... Read more »
Your 3-year-old is grouchy and dragging his feet. Your 6-year-old is upset that her favorite shirt is in the wash and now she “has nothing to wear.” You can’t find your keys. And to top it all off, your son knocks over your cup of coffee and now you need to change your shirt. You’re trying... Read more »
I knew having a teenager would be hard, no matter how wonderful a child my wife and I raised. And, I was right. Riley, who is now seventeen, has immersed herself in her social circle. She has tried to set herself apart from her mom and me by discovering her own identity, which may include different... Read more »
“But I don’t want to start school!” I’ve heard my teenage daughter utter that phrase at least a thousand times in the past week. Well, maybe not quite a thousand, but it sure felt like it! It was so hard to know how to respond. How could I reassure her that things will be okay, without ignoring her... Read more »
It’s that time of year again: back-to-school! It’s a joyous time for some parents: “Ah, my child who stayed up until 3 a.m. and slept in until noon will be getting back on a sleep schedule." "My child who left dirty lunch plates around the house while watching television and complaining about there being 'nothing to eat... Read more »
Why is it so hard to motivate kids? As parents, we often have a funny, inaccurate belief that our children won’t care unless we twist their arms. But the simple truth is that your attempts to motivate your child are probably working against you. There’s something wrong with the picture if you care more about your... Read more »
The start of a new school year will be here before we know it—and for some ADD/ADHD kids and their parents, this time is often associated with added anxiety and stress. For children and teens with ADD or ADHD, summer can be a much–needed and most–appreciated break, with many taking a “drug holiday” from their... Read more »
The alarm goes off and the morning battle begins: you knock on your child’s bedroom door to wake him, but you have to go back time and again to make sure he’s actually up, your voice rising with each “wake-up call.” As the minutes tick by and he still hasn’t gotten out of bed, you... Read more »
Nearly every morning before school, Josh, 9, will scream, cry and do anything possible to stay home. “He’ll whine on and on, ‘I don’t feel well. I hate my teacher. School is boring,” say his parents, Suzanne and Rob, who report that they have hit the wall with his behavior. “He used to like school,”... Read more »
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