Articles etc.

Read A Review of Tom’s New Book Here

 

Another Glowing Review Here from Mamasmiles

 

Yet Another Review Here

from Adventures with Twins

 

CLICK HERE to read Tom’s article on Parenting.com,

Three Magic Phrases for Parents

 

CLICK HERE to read Tom’s article for the Center for Childhood Creativity,

Fostering the Creative Spirit in Your Child

 

CLICK HERE to read Tom’s article published in Parents Press May 2012,

Debunking Three Commonly Abused Parenting Strategies

 

CLICK HERE to read Tom’s article published in Parents Press February 2013,

(help your child build emotional intelligence!)

The ABC’s of the RULER Approach

 

CLICK HERE to read Tom’s article published in Parents Press June 2012,

Confidence is Contagious

 

CLICK HERE to read Tom’s article published in Parents Press September 2012,

“Braving it” (What Parents Can Learn from Pixar’s Brave)

 

CLICK HERE to read Tom’s MarinMommies article,

What You Can Do to Help Prepare Your Preschooler for Kindergarten

 

CLICK HERE to listen to an excerpt from an interview about Tom’s book on “Strategies for Living

 

CLICK HERE to listen to an interview about Tom’s book on Texas Public Radio.

Seven Ways to Encourage Your Child

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In celebration of the release of my book, Dad’s Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time (its main theme is encouragement), I offer thee seven ways to encourage your child! It’s so easy to slip into the discouraging parental mode – they give us so many opportunities! That makes it all the more important to make a conscious effort to encourage whenever we can. Trust me, they’ll be more apt to listen when they know you’re on their side. Wouldn’t you be? Believe- It all starts here. You can...

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This Just In: “Negative Parenting” linked to Misbehavior!

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In other breaking news, plants and humans need oxygen, water and sunlight to survive. Did we really need a report from the UK Government Department of Education (whew it’s not just US) to reveal the correlation between a lack of discipline and anti-social behavior? Wait, so “critical and inconsistent parents who don’t set rules or examples of good behavior are twice as likely to have aggressive and disruptive children?” What a crazy, unpredictable world we live in. This ground-breaking study goes on to show “that...

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Helping Young Children with Transitions

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We’ve all been there. You have someplace to go and your child doesn’t want to leave. Welcome. The good news is: you have lots of choices of how to react. The bad news is: you have lots of choices of how to react. Hypothetically Speaking There’s always bribery, tricking, yelling, grabbing, and racing (desperate times…) but let’s suppose, for the sake of argument, you genuinely care about your child, and you want to create the foundation of a lifelong relationship based on genuine trust, honest communication, and...

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Take More Breaks!

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Ever feel like you’re being pulled in all directions by everyone and everything? At the risk of looking like a blatant panderer, and making my wife roll her terrible eyes in irony (they’re not really terrible – it’s a Maurice Sendak reference sheesh), I am writing this blog to encourage all parents – especially moms, to take more breaks. You know about my good friends Merriam and Webster? (my only friends at this point) Let’s see what they have to say about the word “take”:  “To get into one’s hands...

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Applying Vygotsky’s ZPD to Parenting

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•Scaffolding Your Child’s Whole Development• If you ever wake up and think, “Gosh, I just love how as a parent, society gives me no respect, gratitude or support.” And you wonder, “How can I get more of the same?” Well, you might decide to go into early childhood education! Should you decide to get an advanced degree – since, as we know, you are in it for the money, you will undoubtedly come across the name of Lev Vygotsky. He was an educational psychologist primarily interested in how children learn and develop and how society...

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