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. … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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. … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading