Serious Conversations

Serious Conversations I have been writing about having serious conversations with your young person frequently.  It is equally important that kids have three or more adults that they can go to for help and that they have serious conversations with them.  Having...

What Kids Need: Empathy

What Kids Need: Empathy Empathy is the ability to understand and share the deep feelings of another person.  It often happens when a good friend listens to you when you’re frustrated, and they can rephrase what you’re saying with the same passion,...

What Kids Need: Parental Discipline

What Kids Need: Parental Discipline Okay, you have established some rules, and set some consequences, negotiated this upfront in advance of a big problem, and solicited your child’s feedback.  Now what?  Now, you must enforce those consequences as agreed upon. ...

What Kids Need: Expectations

What Kids Need: Expectations The human psyche default, without any guidelines or expectations, is generally to the negative.  We must have some general guidelines that we provide as parents to our kids to avoid ending up in a sticky mess like this photo.  I...