"My husband doesn't think his kids should do chores when they visit on their weekends here." --Sue, wife of Mark and stepmom to 2 boys The topic of chores can be a breaking point for some stepcouples. This may seem like an overly dramatic statement, but I've seen it be the source of frustration and never ending arguments for some stepfamilies. I understand the frustration. Mark wants to make sure the limited time he has with his kids is full of fun. He doesn't want to be nag
Independence is something we all want our kids to have, but for some even the smallest things become a drama filled battle of wills. Does this scenario sound familiar....
Parent: "Can you please go clean your room?"
Child: (using a whining or pouting voice) "I just can't do it by myself, can you help me?"
If you've had this happen with your kids, then you're in the right place! I'm so excited to share these 4 steps to help you change this dynamic while encouraging posi
"How can I get my kids to listen the first time I ask them to do something?" This is a question I'm asked time and again! Parents want their kids to do something right away, kids will put it off until the yelling begins. 1. Get his attention If we make a request while a child is fully engaged in another activity, he may not realize we're speaking to him or he's only half listening because he is focused on something else. Politely ask your child to stop what he is doing, wait