October 7, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Kathy Kuhl on my podcast, You’ve Got This. Kathy offers creative solutions for parents teaching children with learning challenges. She provides parents resources, support, and insight. A veteran homeschooler and former teacher, she knows the help you need. After homeschooling her son (a creative, distractible dyslexic with great perseverance), Kathy interviewed 64 parents homeschooling students with learning disabilities. Then she wrote Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner, a handbook equipping parents to teach… Read more

October 4, 2019

All kids lie at some point, even good kids. But parents can use lying and stealing incidents to help children develop their budding consciences. Q: Last night, my 7 year old confessed that she had opened a package and eaten some candy with her 11-year-old sibling that morning at the store. I had no idea this had happened. I briefly discussed that was stealing and reminded her that she knows stealing is wrong. I did praise her for telling me… Read more

September 30, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen on my podcast, You’ve Got This. Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen is the chair of the Psychology Department at Delaware Valley University, where she primarily teaches courses on lifespan development. Allison’s research focuses on how interpersonal relationships influence well-being and academic success. She has presented at numerous academic conferences around the world. Allison’s work also has been published in peer-reviewed journals and advanced textbooks. Recently, she served as the editor… Read more

September 27, 2019

By Guest Blogger Dianne Barker After leaving a successful journalism career to be a stay-at-home mom, I continued writing and speaking at women’s events while giving my hubby and two children priority. Trying to balance simultaneous roles—wife, mother, mentor to young wives, writer, and conference speaker—I found myself being swept along by life, grasping for a rope to survive the swirling current. Our children grew, adding music lessons and other after-school activities. Desperate to keep up, I found three simple… Read more

September 22, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Dr. Nicole Beurkens on my podcast, You’ve Got This. A unique combination of psychologist, nutritionist, and special educator, Nicole has 22 years of experience supporting children, young adults and families. She is an expert in evaluating and treating a wide range of learning, mood, and behavior challenges including ADHD, autism, anxiety, mood disorders, brain injury, and sensory processing disorder. Nicole holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, master’s degrees in Special Education… Read more

September 20, 2019

Did you know that there are rules that can help guide us during confrontations? In this video, I outline what those rule are and how to encourage our children to follow them. Questions can be helpful when thinking about how to act in a confrontation. Is what you’re saying helpful? Is it necessary? Is it kind? What do you hope to accomplish? What is your goal? Read more

September 16, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Merriam Sarcia Saunders on my podcast, You’ve Got This. Merriam Sarcia Saunders, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist and ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider specializing in ADHD, autism and learning disabilities. She is an adjunct psychology professor at Dominican University and a children’s author. Her picture books, My Whirling, Twirling Motor and My Wandering, Dreaming Mind (Magination Press/APA) put a positive spin on childhood executive functioning issues. Connect with her at HowToParentADHD… Read more

September 13, 2019

What is it about mealtimes that makes parents and kids bonkers? It can be so frustrating when a child refuses to eat what’s served—and makes everyone else miserable in the process. Here are my thoughts on how to make dinner a more pleasant experience for the entire family. Q: Our nearly 6-year-old son makes mealtime miserable by yelling, complaining and making a huge production out of eating what we serve. He also whines, begs and screams about wanting us to… Read more

September 9, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Lynn Zakeri on my podcast, You’ve Got This. Lynn is a therapist in the Chicago area whose passion is to help people figure out what is wrong and help them feel better again. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families on many issues, including anxiety, depression, transitions, work ethics/motivation, young adult goal setting, self-esteem, anger, family dysfunction (present or past), marital therapy, new mom stress, social skills, trauma,… Read more

September 6, 2019

Arguments can be constructive, but more times than not, the way we disagree negats any positive outcome. Providing our kids with the skills to have discussions that are respectful and fruitful is a necessary life skill. In this video, I give steps for kids to think about while having an argument. Here are the active listening stages I mention in the video: The listener needs to pay attention to the speaker. The listener needs to show he’s listening. The listener… Read more

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