Why we’re teaching our kids to ask for forgiveness

The following post is from Emily of Live Renewed: You’ve probably seen the situation many times: one kid hurts another child so their parent takes them aside for a talk. They tell the kid it's not nice to hit (or kick, spit, bite, hurt feelings, etc.) and ask them to say they are sorry to…

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When It’s Time for Bootcamp

Every so often, we'll notice a particular behavior getting out of control with one (or all) of our girls and declare that it's time for "bootcamp" -- a period of time where we focus on that behavior with quick, clear consequences. For us, bootcamp isn't about being harsh (no scream-in-your-face drill sergeants here!), but about…

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It’s Not Okay to Yell at Your Kids

Yep, I said it: It's not okay to yell at your kids. I know, I know. Who am I to judge you or your parenting style or your circumstances?! The good news? I'm not. I'm really, truly not. I yell -- more often than I'd like -- and I'm not condemning other parents who yell.…

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The Best Way to Squash Sibling Squabbles

The following post is from Amanda of ohAmanda.com: Siblings argue. It's a fact of life, right? Big sisters are supposed to be eye-rollers, and little brothers are supposed to be annoying. Haven't you ever watched a sitcom? Siblings don't love each other. Siblings are fodder for jokes and complaints. Siblings are just people you're stuck…

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Doing the Hard Things

A friend of mine shared this mantra on her Facebook wall a couple weeks ago, and I haven't been able to get it out of my head: "Keep doing the hard things until the hard things become the easy things." Isn't that the essence of discipline? Choose to do the hard things -- even when…

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Upcoming Webinar: Is Time Out a Waste of Time?

A couple of months ago, I partnered with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, to offer a Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling webinar to Life Your Way readers. We had an amazing time at our two sessions, and I think we all walked away with some very concrete tools to…

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How To Use Repetition as a Fun and Effective Tool To Teach Our Children

The following post is from Kat of Inspired To Action: Small children have a lot of information to process everyday, and it’s our job as moms to help them filter through to the important things. So, in our home, we have “catch phrases," songs and signals to help them remember and follow many of our…

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