Are you sure you don’t want some cauliflower? A Bite of broccoli? A carrot drowned in ranch? Anything? Please? If you ask my kids if they eat vegetables, they’ll probably say no. Actually, it’s possible that one kid will tell you about the time he tried a cucumber in Ms. Vivian’s class (1.5 years ago).Continue reading Why I Don’t Make My Kids Eat Vegetables
You’re so sick of saying the same things. “Marco, pick up your socks.” “Vanessa, stop hitting your brother.” “Monique, put down your phone and do your homework.” Sometimes, you sound like a broken record, complaining about the same things your child is or isn’t doing. And the truth is, you just can’t take it anymore.Continue reading Radical Acceptance – Parenting with DBT: A Series on Effective Parenting Strategies
If Boys Could Cry. . . We were at a park one day that had a carousel on site. One of my sons usually passes up the opportunity for rides. He’s scared and gets motion sick easily. But on this particular day, he said he wanted to give the merry-go-round a try. We hopped onContinue reading If Boys Could Cry and Girls Could Get Angry
My kids eat sugar. They have dessert most nights, and will sometimes choose sweets as snacks. They eat cookies and cake, sugary yogurts and breakfast foods, and yes, candy. They love candy. If your child has a similar preference for sugary foods, congratulate yourself. Your child’s brain and body are working in a manner consistentContinue reading Let the Kids Eat Sugar!
Loving parents have caring children. -Chinese proverb “I’m sad for you, Mommy,” my son announced. I had just leaned in to kiss my other son on the head at the same time he decided to jump up in the air, smashing his head into my lower lip. I winced in pain, and blood started toContinue reading Raising Empathic Children