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“The Most Important Parenting Skill There Is”, Kerry Speaks at Aspen Academy’s PUMP’d Event

At last week’s PUMP’d, Aspen parent Kerry Stutzman talked about “The Most Important Parenting Skill There Is.” Here are three of her key points: The most important parenting skill is to demonstrate EMPATHY before delivering a consequence for bad behavior. “Connecting before Correcting” helps kids stay calm and in a thinking state.  It might sound …

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5 easy steps to help your child become a better team player. Love and Logic Parenting Classes in Denver, CO

Improve Your Kiddo’s Bad Sportsmanship in 5 Easy Steps

Seven year-old Elliott is becoming a bad sport at baseball. After his games, he complains about how unfair the ref was, how that throw WAS in, how he really did get that kid out. The ride home from games becomes an open arena for airing every grievance he has with his teammates and with himself. This …

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What to Do if Your Kid Leaves Dirty Dishes Laying Around

There are times when a parent has no clue what to do. This especially happens when our innocent babies and precious toddlers become willful and defiant ‘tweens and teens. Kids capable of making choices out of laziness and disregard for their parents. Poised, charming 23-year old Annie sat on the couch in my counseling office …

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Preschool Separation Anxiety

Five Ways to Stop Preschool Drop Off Separation Anxiety (Yes, They Really Work!)

The hardest part of my day used to be prying my preschooler and kindergartners arms off my legs when I had to drop them off at school. My sons’ howls of protest hurt my heart at the same time it made me wonder what I was doing wrong or what was wrong with them. All …

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Raising Boys, Raising a Teenage Boy, How to deal with a misbehaving teen

Ask Your Misbehaving Son: “What Kind of Man Do You Want to Grow Up to Be?”

While on vacation recently at the beach, a family of five found themselves having a less than ideal time together. Lying on the beach and doing absolutely NOTHING sounded perfect for the over-worked parents, but the two older boys, James and Liam, wanted ACTION and their little sister Mattie wanted to join in the fun. …

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A Teenage Storm Today Makes Way for a Sunny Tomorrow

There are many versions of a “Teenage Storm” – surly, annoyed, resentful, hurtful – perhaps it includes silence or is filled with an angry outburst claiming that you don’t understand. It could be your teen manipulating your emotions in the storm – looking for an opportunity to take advantage of your weakness. Whatever your particular …

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5 Easy Steps to Discourage Lying in Little Kids

5 Easy Steps to Discourage Lying in Little Kids

A dad who was in for parent coaching recently asked me how to deal with his 6 year old son’s chronic lying. Here are five strategies he’s going to experiment with and see how they work. Please let me know if you’ve had experience with this and what has helped.  Other parents will be grateful! …

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5 year old wets the bed

Compassion is the Key to 5-year Old Bed Wetting

We all have expectations as parents. One thing we don’t usually expect is for our school age child to still be wetting the bed on a regular basis. So when it happens over and over again, we can forget that they are little people trying hard to learn and we can end up being negative …

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Newborn Feeding Tips for Sleeping Longer at Night

Newborn Feeding Tips for Sleeping Longer at Night

Establish Daytime Patterns During the day, you want your baby to eat and eat and eat so that at night time, she will sleep and sleep and sleep. This means frequent feeding times, ranging from every 2 – 3 hours. If breastfeeding: feed every two hours during the day. If formula feeding: feed every 3 …

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5 Tips to Help Your Newborn Sleep Longer

5 Tips to Help Your Newborn Sleep Longer

Being a brand new parent of a brand new baby who had trouble sleeping longer than an hour at a time I utilized every resource I could find to help me. I met with professional sleep consultants, read popular books about parenting newborns, called the fussy baby network, and of course – scoured online forums …

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