January 26, 2018

You absolutely know when it’s coming. We parents are pretty good about knowing when a nuclear meltdown is about to happen. We can accurately read the warning signs being broadcast loud and clear.

Maybe it’s in their eyes, perhaps it’s the little behaviors that you see s...

January 26, 2018

The Goddess Myth, as described in the October 30th issue of Time, outlines how new mothers are set up for failure from all sides. The current American maternal society and mothers themselves formulate rigid targets about natural birth and long-term nursing. The associa...

January 26, 2018

When thinking about how to encourage your children to eat healthier, the focus is usually on what they are eating. Are they eating too many sweets? Are they eating fruits and vegetables? Do they get enough protein?

But too often we miss the bigger picture.

Your role as a...

January 26, 2018

The Problem

Does this scenario ever happen to you? You spend time planning dinner, buying food, and preparing a lovely home-cooked meal. You set the plate in front of your children, they eat their one or two favorite items from the plate and then say they are finished b...

January 26, 2018

There are times when I accept that my sole purpose as a parent is to be the lazy-kid’s version of Google: Mom, why is it cold today? Mom, what are we doing after school? Mom, what’s for dinner? Mom, what kind of bird is that? Mom, do you like my drawing? Mom, why does...

January 11, 2018

We have all been there. You go to a restaurant with your children and you can see it all about to unravel. Perhaps it’s not the exact right kind of chicken tender or maybe it’s taking a lifetime for the food to arrive. Potentially it’s just an off night and everyone is...

December 31, 2017

The morning started off rough. I slept through my alarm and my daughter was in a particularly bad mood, causing us to leave our house late. Picking up the other riders in our neighborhood carpool was like molasses; one couldn’t buckle, one refused to leave the house, a...

December 26, 2017

The holidays are over, which means no more family holiday all you-you-can-eat buffets, no more sugar-filled class parties, and an opportunity to purge some of the cookies and candies that have been accumulating since Halloween. At least until Valentine’s Day hits. But...

October 9, 2017

My interview on a local radio show discussing picky eating at home and how to support families. The interview was from January 2017, but I haven't had the chance to post it until now. 

September 27, 2017

It is a bit of a knee-jerk reaction. Your child hits, lies, grabs, pushes, or does any one of a number of mean things to another child. The immediate parental reaction is often to force an apology. Generally, this consists of either a timidly mumbled “sorry” or an angr...

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