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1-2-3 Magic: Parenting Tips

Manager Moms: Who Are They and How Can Families Help Them?

May 16, 2018 12011 Views No comments

Do you enjoy being the family nag? I’m sure you don’t. However, in most American families, an unwitting conspiracy involving children, mothers, and fathers too often produces a condition known as the Manager Mom phenomenon. Manager Mom means that a mother’s supervision, direction, and monitoring are seen (by everyone in the family, including Mom!) as constantly essential for a smoothly running home.

How can we get the kids to help relieve Manager Mom? My theory is that parenting strategies that help with the Big Three—(1) family bonding, (2) kids’ independence, and (3) the division of labor around the house—will help eradicate Manager Mom syndrome.

6 Ideas for Parenting Kids with ADHD

April 11, 2018 18010 Views No comments

ADHD has a profound influence on family life. Unfortunately, a lot of that influence contributes to an increase in daily household stress. The overall level of tension in the house, for example, is often relatively high. This tension results from factors such as widespread disorganization, messiness, noise, and periodic emotional outbursts from one person or another. In this post, we’ll focus on explicit, simple, and doable ways of dealing with and reducing this household tension.

Managing Testing and Manipulation

March 9, 2018 17923 Views No comments

Imagine two four-year-olds, Joe and Ben, in two different homes...

Let's assume that both children wanted Sugar Crisp cereal for breakfast, and their mothers got it for them. Let's then assume that both children changed their minds when the bowl arrived and requested Frosted Flakes instead. Naturally the parents resist, saying, "No dear, this is what you wanted," which prompts the children to knock the bowl of cereal on the floor and go into a major fit of temper. They scream at the top of their lungs, become beet red, and pound the table with both hands.

Let's take a look at the defining moment for the futures of parents and children alike...

2018 Parenting Resolutions

January 11, 2018 4525 Views No comments

Your child discipline efforts should have two basic goals: (1) to help your kids get rid of you, and (2) to maintain a bond (mutual liking) or connection with your kids.

Making the Holidays Merry for Everyone—Including Yourself

December 12, 2017 6559 Views No comments

What was supposed to be a happy, wonderful, and exciting time was rendered dismal, gloomy, and agitating because of mistakes that could have been avoided. Here’s my list of things to watch out for.


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