10 Activities and Tips Develop Children’s Reading Skills

One of the major milestones in your children’s lives is learning to read. As a parent, this is a wonderful time but the prospect may cause some concerns. Since children begin learning the skills needed to read from birth, it’s important that you begin setting the stage early. Here are ten activities and tips to […]

Deal with Strong Willed, Determined, Child without Breaking Spirit

Parents of strong willed children have my sympathy and congratulations. Why? Once upon a time, I was one of those smart, willful, independent, children. Then, I grew up and became the parent of a strong willed child. Thank heavens my mother was a good teacher and let me in on her secrets! If you didn’t […]

Added Benefits of Kids Swimming Lessons

Does your child really need swimming lessons? Every situation and family is different, so of course your child’s individual needs are the first thing you’ll want to consider. Given the individual variations, here are the top six added benefits of kids swimming lessons. 1. It’s Harder to Learn as an Adult Some things are just […]

The Secret of Highly Effective Parents

My middle son, Jacob, is very interested in gold, silver, and diamonds.  He is particularly keen on selling my diamond engagement ring and buying me a crystal replacement and himself a room full of toys!  As I tuck him into bed at night, he sometimes asks this playful question, “Mom, if someone would give you […]

Quality Time With Children vs Making Connections

Virtually all parents consider a trip to the playground or a museum to be quality time with their children. An afternoon spent together at a park is quality time; however children need more than just quality time with their parents; they need connection time. We are well aware as to when our children feel connected […]

When Parent’s Style and Child’s Style Clash

Parenting with Style: Why You Might Clash with Your Child Every morning, six-year-old Josh and his mom clash. A daydreamer by nature, Josh moves through life at a slower pace than his task-oriented mom. This is most evident in the morning when meandering Josh and his highly organized mother are trying to get out the […]