Is Bedtime a Bad Time for Your Young Child?

It would be great if our kids went to bed willingly and slept peacefully, but obviously many children don’t. Here are some tips from mothers of young children to improve the process of going to bed. “If they keep stalling for bedtime, asking you to get water, etc., tell them you’ll come back in 20... Read more »

Baby Dies in Hot Car

Today’s news brings a sobering reminder that a baby or a young child should never be left in a car alone.   Even the most well meaning parent who’s only going into the store for “one minute,” should not give in to the temptation to leave a baby or young child in the car. This... Read more »

Survival Tip For Vacation With Young Kids

Managing our young kids’ behavior during summer vacation trips can be quite a challenge. Here’s a suggestion. Consider taking your vacation with friends or family. This works especially well if you live near your co-vacationers and they have young children too. On the drive to the Wisconsin Dells or wherever you are going, send your... Read more »

Talk Like a Pirate Day for Parents

In case you missed it, Wednesday, September 19th was international “Talk like a Pirate Day.” Those who observed the day greeted each other as” mateys” and expressed surprise with “shiver me timbers.” But if you missed the pirate day fun with your kids, have no fear. Parents of preschoolers have many chances for related fun... Read more »

Have You Read It?

I’m reading Raising Blaze, a delightful book by the mother of a boy with special needs. Her well-told story illustrates how some teachers and other professionals understand trouble kids and really help those kids. And other teachers and professionals simply don’t get it. The author, Debra Ginsberg, is unflinchingly honest about her foibles and those... Read more »

Do You Have An Ornery Youngster?

I learned a clever parenting trick from a mom who attended one of my speaking engagements. When her child is ornery, she calmly announces, “Uh Oh. I have to find the off switch for your behavior.” Then she pretends to find the off switch on her child’s body, preferably in a ticklish spot, like the... Read more »

A Mother's Eyes

A Mother’s Eyes A mother’s eyes Look at a fistful of dandelions And see a bouquet. A mother’s eyes Look at a boasting teen And see an insecure adolescent. A mother’s eyes Look at a grown-up behavior And see answers to prayer. But this isn’t all she sees. A mother’s eyes Stare back at a... Read more »

Fussy Eater at Your House? Try This

Getting young kids to eat can be a challenge. When they dawdle over their food, you may find your urgings to eat have little effect. Try a different approach. Tap into their imagination. Based on what they like, consider renaming your food. I met a Wisconsin mother who serves peas mixed with corn and calls... Read more »

The Price of Gasoline: Save Money

You can save money on gasoline and the internet can help. This is becoming more and more important as the price of gasoline goes up and up. Presidential candidates know how important it is and are sparring over whose plan is the best. But while they talk about it, we need to do something about... Read more »

Ash Wednesday for Young Kids

It’s Ash Wednesday and you have young kids. Little children don’t have much self control. So how do you help them understand and participate in Lent? Look at this link for some ideas–