High Five Discipline: Positive Parenting for Happy, Healthy, Well-Behaved Kids


Chapter 4 - Top Model You’re always live when it comes to your kids watching you. They have front row seats to your conversations and interactions with others. They are privileged to who you really are, behind closed doors. They watch what you watch on TV and learn your opinions from ...

BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? A Girls Guide to Happy Friendships, By Jessica Speer (Book Excerpt)


Chapter 9: Making New Friends Sophie’s Story—Always the New Kid “My mom has a job that makes our family move almost every year. I’ve been to four schools already. Just when I get used to a new town, new school, and new friends, I have to start over. I get really ...

HOW TO TALK WHEN KIDS WON’T LISTEN By Joanna Faber and Julie King: Interview with the Authors by Melissa Couch Salim   


This is such a great book. I love the sample conversation that shows the dos and the don’ts. You start by talking about feelings, which is a BIG topic, especially with toddlers and teens. What are a few top basics that we might remember and practice?  It’s stressful when our ...

Mommin’ It by Harriet Shearsmith (Book Excerpt)


Reprinted with permission from Mommin’ It by Harriet Shearsmith, Kyle Books 2021 Let’s talk chores When I first became a mum, I never really thought of chores as something that was a controversial or debatable topic. Your kids live in the house, they will one day have 
to live alone – be ...

13 THINGS STRONG KIDS DO by Amy Morin (Book Excerpt)


Chapter 2: They Empower Themselves Jayden woke up on his last day of summer vacation wishing he could make his break last just a little longer. Tomorrow was his first day of junior high, and he was dreading it. Not too long ago, he actually liked school. He got good grades and ...

Teaching Kids to Buy Stocks: Interview with Author J.J. Wenrich by Melissa Couch Salim


Why were you passionate about writing a book on this topic?  So many reasons!! First off, I was fortunate to have teachers growing up that taught us about the basics of the stock market, and a little personal finance as well. I am very grateful for the exposure to these topics, ...

Mental Health Issues are in Crisis Situation for Teens/Young Adults by Sharon O’Donnell


Anyone who has read my blog, sporadic as it has become, over the many years I've been writing for motherhoodlater know that my middle son, now 23, has struggled since high school with severe anxiety. It's gotten much better since 2010 and he's thriving in grad school now, but there ...

No More Baseball Games by Sharon O’Donnell


Since 2006, one of three boys has played middle or high school basketball and/or baseball -- not to mention recreation teams in city leagues. Throughout those years, my husband and I definitely saw the good, the bad, and yes, sometimes unfortunately, the ugly. The sports took a huge time commitment ...