Tips for Communicating with Your Children

Communicating with your children can be frustrating, exciting, tiring, energizing, stressful, or fun depending on the timing and the message. When things are going well, communication is easy and free. When things are not going well, communication is more often mis-communication. In our time as parents, Sandra and I have learned a few really valuable […]

Lists of Fun Family Activities for Winter

When it gets cold outside, it can be difficult to find new, fun things to do with your family. It’s easy to fall prey to the dreariness of gray days and to fall into boring routines rather than to find interesting ways to stay entertained and connected as a family. The good news (at least […]

Simple Family Rules Make Parenting Easier

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Simple family rules really do make parenting easier. We learned this lesson when our children were young, and it is still true today as our kids move into young adulthood. We have seen families with no rules, and the household is often chaotic. We have also seen families with long, elaborate (even if unstated) rules, […]

Can You Praise Kids Too Much?

This is a question we struggled with when our kids were young. We wanted to praise them effectively, and we had a sense that too much praise or the wrong kind of praise would be ineffective or possibly even harmful. Based on what we knew from human behavior and motivation research that we learned in […]