Communication involves the verbal and nonverbal exchange of words and cues between two or more people. It includes components such as facial expressions, body language and tone of speech. Listening is a vital part of communication!

Stop That Whining

Have you ever been sitting there, minding your own business, trying to relax for a well-deserved millisecond when you heard this high-pitched voice, draw out your name – “Mooooooom!” Nothing can get your attention like a child whining your name. With a pinched look on your face, you may have the urge to slowly face […]

Parent Talks – After Child’s Graduation: It’s Not What I Expected

Your child has graduated but as real life kicks in, your child may feel a bit lost and confused. If life after graduation isn’t what your young adult expected, these may be some words of wisdom you can share to show you understand and support your young adult. A  short time ago, you joyfully tossed […]

Keep Kids Connected with Friends During the Summer

Childhood friendships can help define who we will become as adults. That may seem like a strong statement, but it is often true. And, since these friendships are so meaningful, parents will want to do what they can to keep their kids connected with their friends during the summer months. Get together Before the end […]

What is Emotional Intelligence?

What is all this hype about emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence is the new buzzword in education and parenting. Research has shown that it is an important factor in helping our kids have healthy relationships with their spouses, friends and co-workers. Adults who are emotionally intelligent are happier and more satisfied with their lives. Kids who […]

Five Manners Kids Should Know and Use

Everyone wants a well-mannered child. But, what do they need to know for this to happen? Below are five manners that every child needs to cultivate in their life. Parents have so many responsibilities. Two of them are to teach their child right from wrong and how to act. It’s the latter that has parents […]

Signs of Being Bullied

There have always been bullies in the world, but it seems in recent years bullying has gotten a lot worse. Perhaps it is just being recognized and addressed more than in years past, but the fact remains, children get bullied not only at school but at home, online and in other public locations. So how […]

Teaching Kids to Think Before Speaking

Speaking before thinking can cause a lot more than just embarrassment for you and your child. It leads to hurt feelings, fights and sometimes even more serious consequences. Thinking before speaking is crucial to interpersonal relationships at school, work, home, and elsewhere. So how do you teach kids to engage their brain before their mouths […]

Communication Tips for Parents and Children

One of the most difficult communication skills to learn and effectively implement is the act of listening. I don’t mean just hearing but actually listening without becoming distracted, passing judgment or placing blame. Actively listening and staying focused on who you’re speaking with can help you better understand the person and how they feel about […]

Disciplining Kids: The Secret To Avoiding Power Struggles

I listened to a 1-minute video about giving children choices. My issue with choices is when my 3- year old daughter doesn’t make a choice. I ask her calmly to make a choice. She says “NOTHING”. So I calmly say “ok, then I’ll make the choice for you”. I make the choice, and she has […]

No More Whining!

By Guest Blogger: Melissa Hiller   No More Whining Mom-Jane took my crayon again! Dad-I’m tired of going to school every day! Do these complaints have a constant space in your household? If they do, you’re probably ready to lose your mind. Instead of getting stressed out, learn how to help your child to stop […]