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Age 13 -- And Defiant

We talked about changing hearts rather than changing just behaviors and they really liked the role play of following instructions, accepting no answers, accepting consequences and disagreeing appropriately. My... more
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Should They Fight it Out?

There are sometimes when an argument is a natural consequence of a bad behavior. Do I stand back and let them or continue to be a referee between them?... more

Adult Chore Chart?

A reader loves the chore chart we have for our children and wants to try it, but also wants to know if we have a chore chart for us, the adults. ... more
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Chore Chart

I have had a few requests for a copy of my chore chart.  My system is very simple.  Probably not revolutionary, but here it is.  This chart is the one that my big children use.  They switch chore lists each... more

Fathers: Parent or Playmate Part 3

My husband is a neat and tidy sort of a person.  There was a time when our family was living out of laundry baskets instead of closets and drawers, because I just wasn’t able to stay on top of the laundry... more

Fathers: Parent or Playmate Part 2

We have just made a pretty good argument for Dad’s to parent differently and have different experiences with their children.  However, having a different God given role doesn’t mean that Dad should feel se... more

Fathers: Parent or Playmate Part 1

I have had many questions lately asking if fathers should parent different and how to help father become part of mother's vision for the family.  There are many different situations and personalities, so th... more

Does TSG Work On Trips?

"I just wanted you to know that I have SO enjoyed reading your posts, I've been going through the archives and it has been so helpful.  We have started the program even though I am still a little fog... more

Perspective And Self-Preservation

Dear Parents,     My son happened to lose his hat in the Air and Space Museum in DC.  We didn't find out that he had lost the NEW hat until we had been kicked out of the museum at closing time.  It t... more

"I don't remember..."

"Mom, I don't remember what home looks like, but I do remember what you look like." This morning, my four year old son woke me up with these words.  I was amazed that in less than two weeks he had forgotten... more
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