"I don't have to do what you say. You're not my real father/mother!" is a line that every stepchild worth their salt tries
While discipline is crucial during all stages of raising a child, discipline is not about getting even, inducing guilt, or even punishing -- all of which are forms of shaming a child. Instead, disciplining, at any age, is about correcting and guiding him toward more appropriate behavior.
Now I'm beginning to think my parents' judgment was a good deal better than I gave them credit for -- at least when it comes to getting your kids to do what needs to get done.
We do have the cognitive ability to project days or weeks or even years into the future, but we don't do it when we're making food choices in the here and now. What if we could trick ourselves into keeping our heads in the future?
Despite the loud voice of the National Rifle Association (NRA), scholars, experts on school safety, and teachers overwhelmingly disagree with turning schools into armed camps rather than places of nonviolent positive learning.
Given that prosecutors occupy a special "quasi-judicial" function, it would seem that a special disciplinary body should be created to investigate misconduct by prosecutors similar to the special disciplinary bodies that investigate the misconduct of judges.
How does the sweet baby you rocked to sleep at night turn into an adult who can't stand to be in the same room with you?
Contrary to conventional wisdom, willpower is largely a useless strategy to overcoming internal resistance. Fortunately, there is an easier way to get unstuck from any project, goal or to-do you have been blocked from taking action on.
My daughter has started hitting me when she doesn't get what she wants. She is 6 years old and is strong. She has really hurt me a few times now. I don't know what to do. What can I do?
I wonder if the action I chose was enough. I have no idea. Was it even necessary? I will never know. All at once, it seems like too much and not enough.
If we use punishment, this is the kind of communication our children will get used to, and, in turn, learn. Punishment sets an example of fear, aggression and pay back.
The behavior I'm expecting from my daughter has not gotten better because what I'm doing is just being confrontational and even desperate in my attempt to "fix" a problem without digging deeper to find strategies that would be more long-term.
The debate over STEM or STEAM, while intense, only marks the beginning of what needs to happen in education.
Children need challenges and increased expectations as they age, but change can be scary, and offering rewards -- coupled with choice and a sense of autonomy -- helps make their introduction smoother.
Children are not miniature adults. The more we align our expectations with who they are, the less we will add our frustration to the mix.
I raced into the house and couldn't believe what I saw before me. My house had been burgled. Most of my valuables had been stolen and the place was a wreck. Presley looked strung out and hadn't even noticed things were missing.