Over the last year, my niece has gone through a change. The once happy, helpful girl changed into a whiny, depressed, girl that didn't look at life the same. One day I got left home with the all the childre... more
"My daughter takes 10 minutes to actually say 'OK' to an instruction. How do I speed things up?"
If it's taking 10 minutes for the daughter to say "Okay" to an instruction, then she is having a power struggl... more
When I see my children are getting frustrated, I gently remind them that they can disagree appropriately. I even tell my children exactly how to disagree with ME sometimes. The point of the skill is to lear... more
When and how do you give consequences? For example, if you instruct your son to go clean his room (assuming you've prepped him for accepting a consequence) and he whines and says, "I don't want to do it... more
"...We taught the 4 basic skills and the kids had a lot of fun role-playing the way to respond to the different situations, they especially loved disagreeing appropriately! :) Well, I hadn't determined what... more
"You mentioned you have touching rules for friends, family, and neighbors–do you mind sharing them?"
There are rules and boundaries for touching for different groups of people. Know what they are and make su... more
"My 14 yo son is quite a thinker. He always wants to know "why?" about everything. And isn't that wonderful? ...lately we've been having a little trouble with respect for authority. He questions why, but the au... more
"My husband works at a jail and just a few weeks ago a man we both know from school and church was brought in on sexual charges. His niece was supposedly the victim. Both of us were very surprised, as we wouldn... more
A reader wrote to me telling me about a young neighborhood child that introduced things of a sexual nature to her daughter. This is not a fun subject. I have been avoiding putting it on the site, but the mo... more
About five years ago I met a couple who seemed to have happiness in marriage completely figured out. They shared some of their secrets with me. One of them has made a huge impact on our home. It is called... more