Chapter Two of What They Won’t Tell You About Parenting: They’ll Only Learn if You’ll Teach

Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. —Winston Churchill Well, I got you all fired up to be a leader, and now there’s this: you see, you’re a teacher too. By now you know parents wear many hats. Calm down; I’m only going to focus on two. They’re the top hats of the trade. The reason I’m articulating this is the more you think of yourself as a leader and a teacher, the better the parent you’ll be. It’s really that simple. But again, you have to embrace it. You have to be conscious of it and grab it by the...

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How to Prepare Your Toddler for Preschool

Seriously? What’s next fetal headstart walking tips? Easy there tiger (mom), this piece is all about how you can assure your toddler has a smooth and successful start to her school experience. This isn’t about keeping up with the Joneses, or getting a jump on Stanford apps, we’re just talking about how you can help assure your toddler is ready to enjoy her new peers, teachers, and school environment. Whether you choose Montessori, play-based, or academic paths, there’s plenty you can do at home to help make sure your child’s transition is as...

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A Witching Hour Guide

Getting Safely – and Happily – from Kansas to Oz Do you dread the time between when your kids get home from school and dinnertime? Are fights, yelling and crying more inevitable than death and taxes? Then you, my friend, have fallen victim to the deep, dark and mysterious black magic of the witching hour. Before you call your tax adviser, I’ve got some concrete advice to help break the nasty spell. No longer will you be the Wicked Witch of the West. Just keep these tips in mind, tap your glitteriest red shoes together and say it...

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You Don’t Need Santa to Set Limits (and What Three Things are Even Better)!

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. I come to bury Santa not to praise him. Figuratively that is. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve done it. There are times when we’re at our wit’s end and we just want our frickin’ kids to frackin’ listen. We play the Santa card. “If you don’t listen, Santa won’t bring you anything!” There’s no denying it. It’s an Ace of spades, the king of all Jedi mind tricks, and the queen of all threats. But I bear good news for all Christians, Jews,...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Toddler Discipline

The Do’s and Don’ts of Toddler Discipline

So you’ve got yourself a little toddler there – good times. Dana Carvey once quipped “They’re not so bad, just keep M&M’s in your pocket and feed ’em here and there.” If only it were so easy. What makes them so terrible sometimes? That answer is not as mysterious as it sometimes seems (e.g., in the eye of a tantrum at Target checkout). Think about it – right now while you’re calm and not tantrumming back at them. What are they grappling with that we have learned and hence take for granted? Two things: they...

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What Can We Learn from the San Francisco Giants to Help Make Our Children More Resilient?

How to Build Resiliency What Parents Can Learn from Bruce Bochy and the San Francisco Giants In 2010, the San Francisco Giants were 6½ games back in their division in August. In 2012, they were neck and neck with the Dodgers mid-season, when the Dodgers made multiple blockbuster trades. Next thing you know, one of the Giants’ best players gets suspended for the remainder of the season. This year they lost game six of the World Series 10-0. Somehow, some way, three seasons ended in champagne celebrations and ticker-tape parades. How were...

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Begin with Gratitude

Did you know the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude lives right here in Northern California? Not Berkeley, but good guess. Robert Emmons, Psychology Professor at UC Davis, has been studying the varying benefits and healing powers of gratitude for 13 years. In his book, Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier!, he highlights four reasons why gratitude has trans-formative effects on people’s lives. His conclusions can certainly benefit our day-to-day lives. I contend they apply perfectly to our role...

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