“I’m an overly-educated stay-at-home mom”


Last week I was at a party with my daughter for a friend’s daughter.  We were classmates together in graduate school, obtaining our M.A.s in Clinical Psychology together and while I switched over to the Developmental program for my Ph.D., she stayed in Clinical for a couple years before leaving the program when she had her first child. Her choice wasn’t that she truly wanted … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Teaching Young Kids about Money

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Welcoming a baby into your family is a wonderful and life changing experience, but along with this new bundle of joy comes a new bundle of responsibilities. A new set of worries. A new financial situation. As parents, you are forced to make decisions, not only about how to spend and save your money, but also how to talk to your kids about money. As children grow from infants to … [Read more...]

Who is Raising The Kids? (And Why We Should Care)


The issue of daycare is a tricky one.  Many parents feel judged when people start talking about the amount of time our children are spending being cared for by others and even more so when the discussion turns to the quality of daycare experienced by far too many children.  Furthermore, many parents are adamant that their children’s daycare providers are not considered shared … [Read more...]

Setting Boundaries


The discussion of boundaries is an inevitable one amongst parents.  We know that we have to set boundaries for our children as it keeps them healthy, happy, and safe.  Despite all this, many people get very confused about where we ought to set boundaries.  Those of us who practice “gentle” parenting are often accused of being too permissive; I myself have been told my daughter … [Read more...]

Recovering and Moving on from Crying-It-Out


Crying-it-out and the modified controlled crying are sadly almost mainstays of modern parenting.  So much so that people who don’t use them are often thought to be weak or asking for trouble with their children.  Some doctors even tell their new mothers that they have to use these methods if they want to “help” their child learn to sleep.  With this, many family embark on the … [Read more...]

Lying to Our Children


There’s a new article that seems to be making the rounds, gathering shares and likes, entitled How to Tell a Great Lie as a Parent.  I can first tell you that although the article is about lying to your kids and somehow trying to make positives out of it, it is not in fact a “how-to” guide, which I suppose is good, though not much of an improvement over what it actually … [Read more...]

An Open Letter on Support


To the parent who is asking that we just support one another, no matter what each of us has chosen on our parenting path… I first have to tell you that I hear you.   I hear you on the confusion over different pieces of conflicting advice.  I hear you on how difficult it is to face family and friends telling you that you “must” sleep train or wean or supplement.  I hear you … [Read more...]

Praise and Parenting

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By Tracy G. Cassels For most parents in Western society today, they can’t imagine not telling their child that they are “smart”, “beautiful”, “a great runner/pianist/swimmer/whatever”; in short, they can’t imagine not praising the abilities their children show.  If you suggest to parents not to do this, they worry their child will grow up feeling unloved and feeling the … [Read more...]

Five Videos All Parents Should See

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There have been some pretty amazing videos floating around these days and as I shared them on FB, everyone commented that everyone should be seeing them.  I thought it made sense to put them together in one spot so people can go back to them as needed. Actions Speak Loudest.  This is a banned ad from Australia and is beyond powerful and should be seen by everyone who is a … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Resources To Protect Your Child’s Online Safety

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By Elizabeth Phillips Our generation of teens and kids today have been merged to living their lives online, and because the online community is vast and faceless, many of them will often expose details about their state of mind to complete strangers online. In doing so, they leave traces online for identity thieves, internet predators, and cyberbullies that could later on be … [Read more...]