Building a Better Student: Boys and Books

Speaking at school PTO meetings often provides terrific content for articles and blog posts. The parents (the P in PTO) ask terrific questions, and their feedback to my presentations gives me interesting new ways to look at issues in education. When the topic turns to reading, it’s not unusual to hear a question about “books […]

Homemade Yogurt Topping is Yummy, Less Expensive

Given that food prices seem to keep rising and rising, and my boys keep wanting to eat more and more (sheesh!) I’ve been looking for ways to save money around here. One treat that most of us just LOVE is Muller corner yogurt. Each package has yogurt and a topping like cherry sauce or granola. […]

4 Suggestions for Helping Kids Deal With Grief

So, we had a very sad week here at Earnest Parenting. We decided that Marlee, one of our beloved dogs, needed to find a new home. To explain: we got Keely when she was a puppy in 2009. In 2012, we got Marlee from a local rescue organization. We believe she was 2 years old […]

How to Instill Confidence in Your Child

All children face some hardships while trying to become confident. It is an important responsibility of the parents to equip the children with enough confidence. With confidence they will not only survive, but thrive in life. Self confidence and competence supplement each other. A confident child will have a positive and realistic perception of his […]

I’m Going to Talk Honestly About Teens

Okay, Heroes. If you’ve looked at posts on this blog from waaaaay back when I began it (7 years ago this week!) you’ll find that I wrote all of them and that they center around one topic: the boys. When the older ones hit their teen years I started censoring what I wrote to protect […]

Teach Your Child to Drive Safely and Responsibly

Teaching a young person how to drive carries great responsibility. This is an essential skill in the modern world and you want to make sure your child is a safe driver. Let’s look at some tips to help you accomplish this. Make Sure the Child is Ready Kids mature at different rates. Before teaching your […]