Hobbies are Healthy

Hobbies benefit children in many ways. It gives a child an opportunity to express themselves, and it allows them to discover themselves and build self-esteem. They are also great educational tools. A child interested in rock collecting learns about geology and science, and a child in writing stories learns about sentence structure and proper grammar….

Harsh Discipline: Does it do More Harm than Good?

Recent studies suggest that low-income parents tend to endorse much harsher discipline, partially because they hold stronger beliefs about the value of spanking and experience higher levels of stress. However, parents who work in high-stress jobs or are stay-at-home parents who are feeling frustrated or isolated are also at risk.  It’s imperative that parents recognize…

Handling Conflict about Rules Enforcement at Home

Some parents may worry that setting strict rules may distance them from their children.  But this simply isn’t the case.  Though they may gripe and complain and get upset when you become the enforcer, they realize deep down that this shows you care.  These parameters you set forth and enforce make your child feel loved,…

Follow Through Is the Key to Successful Discipline

Let’s face it.  There are just some days when it would just seem easier to let your child have his way than feeling like you’re fighting a losing battle when trying to discipline them.  They beg, plead, cry, barter and scream – anything to get out of doing the time for their crime.  However, don’t…

Consistency is Key to Successful Discipline

Consistency is key to successfully teaching your child right from wrong when disciplining them.  It keeps small misdeeds and bad behaviors from later becoming bigger misdeeds and worse behaviors.  You have to stand firm and mean it when you say, “Turn off the television now” or “no dessert after dinner because you didn’t touch your…