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A Daily Opportunity To Connect With Your Child

“How do you connect with your child after you’ve been apart? Do your eyes light up? Do your face and voice show how excited you are to see him? Do you put aside all other distractions and focus just on her?”

How to Give Your Kids Holiday Gifts Without Adding More Clutter to Your Home

“Most parents I talk to feel overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in their homes. They get into arguments and power struggles with their kids about cleaning up their messy rooms. They wonder why their kids are bored when they have so many things to keep them occupied. The reason? Too Much Stuff.”

Go Ahead! Say The “S” Word To Your Kids

“No, I haven’t lost my mind. This post is all about saying the “S” word to your kids. Many people would disagree with me, but I sincerely believe our kids need to hear it and they need to hear it from us.”

When Mom Has Kindergarten Anxiety

“…I knew that for many moms, Kindergarten drop-off wasn’t nearly as easy. There were tears…lots of them…and not shed by the kids, but by the moms…”

Making Mealtimes Manageable

“This week I’m focusing on making mealtimes more organized and less overwhelming. If you have a picky eater in your family, want to stop feeding your kids so much processed food, or feel stressed out by meal planning — this post is for you.”

Back to School Organizing

“A fresh box of crayons can be symbolic of a fresh start to the new school year. Every Fall, we have the opportunity to sharpen our routines and get organized, so we can be as productive as possible…”

Preparing to Go Back to School

“Even though school is still weeks away, it’s a good idea to get kids thinking about the transition now and to bring them in on the concept and practice of using a calendar, getting organized, and prioritizing. Why should parents have all the fun?”

Helicopter Parenting: How to Stop Hovering So Kids Can Fly Free

“Helicopter parents fail to notice when they cross the line—or to understand the consequences of their behavior on their children…”

The Best Ways to Show Teacher Appreciation

“Homemade gifts and Starbucks cards are great, but you can show appreciation in so many other ways throughout the year that are meaningful for the teacher, beneficial to your child…and don’t cost a dime…”

Well, What Do You Expect?

“Anytime we expect more than we should, we set ourselves up for disappointment. Anytime we establish unrealistically high expectations for our kids, our kids are sure to fail. So, how do we know if our expectations are realistic? Should we have expectations at all?”

De-cluttering and Organizing with Ilene Becker

“While I try my best to stay organized, it’s not something that comes naturally to me. I’ve had to really work at it over the years…”

You Don’t Need to Have All the Answers

“Naturally, children look to their parents as the all-knowing authorities on life. Unfortunately, parents often put tons of pressure on themselves to have all the answers so their children continue to see them in this light…”

Are Your Kids Feelin’ the Love?

“You may tell them you love them repeatedly. You may demonstrate your love in all kinds of ways. But at the end of the day, do your children FEEL loved by you?”

It’s Not Too Late to Clean Your Slate

“Many parents tell me they think it’s ‘too late’ to work on their parenting because their kids are older or because they’ve done ‘too much damage already.’”

What Happened When My Kids Decided to Run Away From Home

“You know that moment when you suddenly realize things are oddly quiet in the house and you think, ‘Oh, Lord. What’s going on?'”

Out on a Limb: Expanding Your Comfort Zone

“Changes start with baby steps, so I’m going out on a small limb today, beyond my own comfort zone: I’ve created my first video for you…”

The Road to Therapy is Paved with Good Intentions

“As parents, we usually say and do things with the best intentions. But when our buttons get pushed, those intentions fly right out the window…”