Cut the complaining – and be happy

Cut the complaining – and be happy

 Articles Kindness means thinking of others and acting in ways that contribute to their happiness. Complaining certainly doesn’t do that.  If you’ve been trying to make kindness part of your family culture and there’s still a lot of complaining, it’s time...
What should you do when your child is not kind?

What should you do when your child is not kind?

 Articles Kindness is the virtue of thinking of others—caring about their feelings, needs, and happiness. In a previous post “Raising Kind Kids: 5 Simple Things You Can Do,” I described how to cultivate kindness in everyday family life.  But what should you do...
Kids glued to screens? Teach them the art of conversation

Kids glued to screens? Teach them the art of conversation

 Articles Tired of asking your kids to put down their phones and look at you when you’re talking with them? Guilty of checking your own phone and half-listening when they’re trying to talk to you? Wish your child didn’t always answer “Nothing” when you ask,...
Raising Kind Kids: 5 simple things you can do

Raising Kind Kids: 5 simple things you can do

 Articles This is the first of a series of articles adapted by Dr Tom Lickona from his new book, How to Raise Kind Kids: And Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain, published by Penguin in April. Dr Lickona is a developmental psychologist...
How to raise kind kids – and make family life happier

How to raise kind kids – and make family life happier

 Articles Book review: How to Raise Kind Kids: And Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain, by Thomas Lickona. Penguin Books (April 10, 2018) Kindness is not moral confetti that good people sprinkle randomly and benignly. It is not a nice but...
Corona Summer: A mom’s script for averting second wave chaos

Corona Summer: A mom’s script for averting second wave chaos

 Articles Image: Disney Having a schedule is important to children. It satisfies their craving for order Everyone talks about a second wave.  But us moms know there is another, equally worrisome second wave that is already threatening our families – the second...
Thank You for Joining Us @ Let’s Talk

Thank You for Joining Us @ Let’s Talk

 Articles As a mother of 6, aged 16 to 25, our guest speaker of the Bright and Cheerful Home Series, Sue Dvorak understood the busyness of today’s parents and craziness of today’s culture.  Like a peer mentor, she generously shared her insights and experiences...
Thank You for Joining Us @ Life Lessons from Sports

Thank You for Joining Us @ Life Lessons from Sports

 Articles   “Victory accomplished without integrity, and respect is really no victory at all!” quipped Pat Macken, our guest speaker at the Bright and Cheerful Home Series – Life Lessons from Sports on Oct 13, 2018. Pat provided invaluable...
5 Homework Strategies in the Digital Age

5 Homework Strategies in the Digital Age

 Articles   One of the hardest things in parenting is helping kids stay focused while doing homework because of all the internal distractions, like dread of working on certain tasks, or the desire to check in with friends, and the many external technological...