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Girl whispering in class

Can I Use TSG With Someone Else's Child?

I teach Primary at church, and have taught several different age groups over the past few years.  It seems that every year, there is at least one child in my class who has a lot of problems behaving properly a... more
Girl with flower bouquet

Slow Down, Mom

FAMILY I ran into a stranger as he passed by, 'Oh excuse me please' was my reply. He said, 'Please excuse me too; I wasn't watching for you.' We were very polite, this stranger and I. W... more


Being over critical of things that don’t really matter, like table manners, personal grooming, age appropriate actions, and school grades tells the child that you don’t accept them for who they are or are t... more
Mother reading to daughter on couch

Mission By Example

I was sitting on the couch today going over plans for our next trip when my six year old daughter, Londyn, sat down next to me and said, "We have to go to Virginia because you want to make the world better, don... more
Broom, dustpan, and child's feet

Why Not?

I instructed my daughter to sweep the floor.  She said, “OK Mom, but I don’t know how.”    This surprised me.  She had seen me sweep the floor so many times, that I forgot she might not even know ho... more
Yellow Canary on barbed wire fence

I Am Not Looking!

I was driving down the highway this morning looking at the clear blue sky and the snow capped mountains.  A bird was perched on a wooden fence on the side of the road.  The bird had a bright yellow head and a... more
Dad playing airplane with daughter

Fun... So Important!

Fun is so important for good personal and family health.  Every Sunday we decide upon a family activity that we can do together sometime in the week.  My children also set a fun goal for the week with their f... more
Happy Older Family

Have A Mission Book

In order to teach our children how to govern themselves in a family setting, we have to give them a vision, or picture of what the family is working toward.  This vision, or goal, begins the family's mission.... more
Little boy writing

About S.O.D.A.S.

Recently, I have had a number of emails asking questions about how to use SODAS.  If you aren't aware, SODAS are a problem solving exercise that I learned how to use while working for the Utah Youth Village. ... more
Angry little girl

Ah, 3 Year Olds!

My 3 year old is the one I'm really struggling with. She doesn't take a NO answer well at all, even when we practice.  She does really well when we practice, but when it comes to doing it for real, then we ha... more