When I was a kid I read a short story by Ray Bradbury called A Sound of Thunder. The story was fascinating, a tale of time travel with a terrifying lesson about ripple effects. One small event, one that, at the time, seemed so trivial and irrelevant, ended up producing a disastrous result. Some people […]

Parenting Tip: Tough Stands are Often Necessary

So, I gave my kid’s pet guinea pig away a couple of weeks ago. No kidding, I really did. As I shared with my newsletter readers, it was a tough day for all of us, and both Hubby and I felt just awful about it. Captain Earthquake had been refusing to control his temper with […]

Tweaking the Plan Can Reduce Parental Stress

There are a lot of things that mystify me when it comes to my boys; the need to destroy-ahhh, I mean disassemble everything they touch, the constant violence, persistent bathroom humor…ugh. The biggest difficulty has been our differences regarding work. I think work is good. They do not. It’s as simple as that, really. Unfortunately, […]

Disobedience Wastes Time

I’ve been pondering deeply my routine failures lately at being loving and logical when the boys disobey or are otherwise annoying. A hallmark of the Love and Logic approach is for parents to shut. up. and let kids learn from their mistakes. Shutting up? Not a strength. I like to explain things waaaaay too much […]

When You Lose Your Temper, Pt. 2

When I wrote the last post about losing my temper, I was right in the middle of the situation. I was so angry! The good news is I’ve calmed down and can share with you a few lessons I learned. If you get a chance, check out the comments from that post. Mary’s advice in […]

The bucket story

Winter 2006 On Saturday The Manager(age 3) coughed so hard he gagged and threw up on 2 separate occasions. Small town life means no doctors on the weekend unless we go to the ER, so we decided to just survive till Monday and then call for the appt. Meanwhile, we tried to keep him from […]