You Were a Kid Once by Adelia Moore, author, Being the Grownup (Book Excerpt)


You Were a Kid Once My parents required clean rooms and made beds of me and of my siblings, without adult help. With my own kids, I cared enough about order to want the rooms eventually cleaned up, but not so much that I needed it done regularly or on their ...

GUEST BLOG POST: Are We Doing Too Much For Our Kids? by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro


You cut your child’s sandwich. You know the routine. He wants the crusts off the bread and the bread halved. Then it goes to wanting the sandwich quartered. That passes muster for awhile until he decides that under no circumstances should any peanut butter and jelly or melted cheese be ...

I’m Cinderella, From Rags to Riches by Lori J Loesch


If you really must know, and I feel I must tell you, I am the epitome of what a cinderella looks like. An innocent child, through no doing of her own, is pushed down and kept down by her stepparent and stepfamily. As a child, I felt frustration over the ...

ROBIN RECOMMENDS: COLLECTIBLE BOOKS WITH KID AND PARENT APPEAL


I recently turned up a host of super cool books for kids....that would intrigue moms and dads as well.....and I have to share....I highly recommend all!   The editors at Sports Illustrated Kids, the most respected sports news information resource for children and families, have launched the first kids title of its ...

GUEST BLOG POST: Limiting Screen Time While Keeping Your Relations with Your Child Intact by Cynthia Gill, Co-Author, JUMP-STARTING BOYS


What is more important than the relationship with our children? I can’t think of too many things. But most parents make one of several mistakes. The first is they tend to focus more on the behavior than the child’s heart, correcting in ways that do not nurture the relationship. Punitive, ...

GUEST BLOG POST: How to Talk with Your Kids About Ethics by Michael Parker


[caption id="attachment_14089" align="alignleft" width="199" caption="Photo credit: Petri Kurkaa"][/caption]THE VALUE OF DISCUSSION Ethics and values should be spoken about regularly in homes. Every time your child comes home with an example of something “unfair” that happened at school, this is an opportunity to speak about ethics. When an issue comes up on ...

GUEST POST BLOG: “You’re Not My Boss” — Cultivating Respect by Sue Sanders


“You’re not my boss.”                 My daughter Lizzie is fourteen. Therefore, over the previous few years, I’ve heard this phrase more times than I can count. It’s as if she’s got it on autorepeat. My friends also hear this near constant refrain from their children, as well.                 Why is this expression ...

Much Obliged by Peggy Bogaard-Lapp


“Growin’ up leads to growin’ old, and then to dyin’. Dyin’ to me don’t sound like all that much fun.” -John Mellencamp, The Authority Song I was a later child myself. My mom was 32 when I was born, Dad was 40; I was 14 years behind my sister and brother. ...