How to get Motivated to Clean When Overwhelmed by Mess? Delegate

Need some help around the house? Cleaning can feel overwhelming when things are a mess.  It’s generally unfair for one person to shoulder all the work! But what if I told you there’s a different way? Actually, 5 Steps towards getting your partner to help out with chores more? Let’s dive in… First Step: Communicate […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 5: Applying Brene Brown’s Empathy and Shame Research for Realistic Expectations

Wherever I look, I see signs of the commandment to honor one’s parents and nowhere of a commandment that calls for the respect of a child. -Alice Miller Recently my two-year-old dashed up to me, wrapped her short little arms around my neck and said, “Mom, you’re my best friend.”  My heart nearly burst. I […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 4: Creating Consequences with purpose Through John Gottman’s Emotion Coaching

It’s okay to be angry, it’s not not not okay to hurt someone. -Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood When using an authoritative approach to parenting as described in part 3, it’s important for parents to keep in mind their long-term goals. Children need to immediately stop harmful, destructive, or unkind behavior, but it is also important for […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 2: Preventing Misbehavior Through Skinner’s Schedules of Reinforcement

If we don’t shape our kids, they will be shaped by outside forces that don’t care what shape our kids are in. ~ Dr. Louise Hart ~ This post is part of a five-part series. Part 1 is available here. Be sure to also check out the post on why punishment is harmful. Psychologists have […]

Why I Stopped Punishing My Kids: Negative Effects of Punishment

A person who has been punished is not less inclined to behave in a given way, at best, he learns how to avoid punishment. -B.F. Skinner Dan, at four years old, kept poking his little brother in the head no matter how much I explained that this was not a pleasant sensation. . . . […]

10 Instagram #ParentFails that will make you LAUGH OUT LOUD

We’ve searched Instagram high and low to find this weeks best #ParentFail posts! Can you relate? Tell us in the comments your favorite picture and your own #parentfail! Subscribe to our newsletter to hear our favorite monthly hashtag!     10. When your kid spills the family “crs wrds” ??  ? I’m actually dying!???#dinafamilyrules#whatdotheseteachersthink #thingskidswrite #parentsoftheyear#parentfail A post […]

5 Priceless Gifts Your Husband Actually Wants (No Affiliated Links!)

This year forget the junk. Move past all the ads constantly trying to convince of what is really going to make your spouse happy. In the end, his lasting happiness will come from a loving relationship. These 5 gifts are inexpensive, but joy is in the little things.