What are you giving up for Lent? This question floats around my family every February as much as "What do you want for Christmas" does in December. Ideally, the small spiritual changes that we get into the habit of doing these 40 days of Lent become lifetime habits.
Achieving any goal means going in with the right game plan. So use the tips in this post to forge your strategy for single-parenting success. You'll appreciate the edge these ideas can give you, and for that matter, so will your kids.
Look, kid... Wear matching socks without holes and undies without streaks if you want grandma to get you something different next year... now go say THANK YOU.
Nothing says "I like you, but I'm scared to tell you" like pulling a girl's hair or calling a boy names. This is just how they are dealing with those fears.
My parenting fails have included the usual mishaps, but my largest parenting fails have mostly indicated that it's tricky to keep track of so many kids. In the fall, five or six years ago, we went on a family picnic. It was a nice area with trees and room to let the kids run
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Kindergarten began with the hope that our problem child would be a little more mature and cooperative. Kindergarten ended with dashed hopes, and his teacher's early retirement
The mistakes toddlers and preschoolers make with language are often humorous, but the way they grapple with and conquer language so quickly is astonishing.
What makes anger management a challenge for you? My trigger is Extra Work. Anything that gives me one more scrap of work to do makes my blood boil.
How do I go about disciplining smaller kids in my house? If you ask my mom and sisters, they will tell you that I don't. That's not really my fault, though!
Not to stir up old family drama or anything, but hand me a spoon... Think about a time you were disciplined when you were your child's age. How do you wish your parents would have handled the situation? How can you discipline better?
Credibility is the difference between kids that listen to their parents at a high rate and kids that ignore their parents at a high rate.
All it takes is turning your back for a second, for all of your competency to be thrown out the window
Time flies, especially when you are arguing with the world's most determined litigator...
When my husband went on a business trip to Florida for a few months, he had to figure out how to help out long-distance.
Daily life is far more rewarding when we have more positives than negatives in the "bank".
My biggest challenge and regret concerning having seven children is that I don't have as much individual time with them as I'd like.
"I'm sorry I called you a dumb dummy head. I was frustrated at the way you were acting, but I shouldn't have called you names."
"Cultivate a sense of compassion and responsibility for others. You have a bigger impact on the lives of those under you than you can imagine."
We have to be more creative with our discipline tactics these days.