When Christine and I launched our book Minimalist Parenting, interviewers inevitably asked us: But aren’t you afraid “minimalist parenting” will lead to lazy, unmotivated kids? It’s not a bad question. How can kids come to know their capabilities without a push (sometimes a firm one) out of their comfort zones? Kristen Howerton wrote a fantastic piece about […]
Cool Mom Tech upgrades the marble jar for use with older children just in time for summer.
I was a guest on the One Bad Mother podcast, on which I offered hosts Biz and Theresa what I hope is encouraging Minimalist Parenting-inspired advice about sending kids to school for the first time.
If your kid has a flair for the dramatic, read on. Tempting as it is to roll your eyes and dismiss your kid’s colorful style of expression, in the long run you’re better served to find a way to work with it. (Can you tell I’ve had experience with drama?)
Farm animals in children’s books aren’t anything new. But this just-released book leaves the bucolic imagery behind and provides kids (and parents) something different: a humorous, balanced — but clear — connection between farm animals and the food we eat.
My 14 year-old kid spends too much time in front of a screen, and yet we’re choosing not to clamp down too hard with limits. Here’s why.
Most of us with school-aged kids have faced this dilemma in one form or another. Classroom birthdays, school holiday parties…when food is involved, things get complicated. What to do?
The word “tantrum” is misleading, because it brings up images of a foot-stamping Veruca Salt when she doesn’t get her way. But we’re talking about when something triggers a kid’s fight-or-flight response. At these times, there literally is no thinking, just reaction, and it’s intense.
Is “average” what we should aspire to for our kids? Is that what we should encourage them to believe about themselves? In my opinion, yes and no.
If you’re navigating your own dark tunnel right now, I hope this post will remind you that there is something different up ahead.