It’s a Chore to Get My Daughter to Do Chores!

It’s a Chore to Get My Daughter to Do Chores!

Dear Susan, How do I get my 7-year old daughter to stop trying to get out of chores? I have tried everything except spanking. I do not believe in physical punishment at all for any reason. Thanks. Signed, Help! Dear Help!, Just as adults tend to put off unpleasant...
Helping Children Through Emotional Storms

Helping Children Through Emotional Storms

I’ve been thinking a lot about the emotional storms that descend upon our children, creating upheaval and chaos for everyone in the family.     Their upsets can seem so illogical. “I HAVE TO HAVE THE BLUE CUP!” or “MATH IS STUPID STUPID STUPID...

After Losing Our Home in the Fires

A few days ago we were finally allowed to see our home of 26 years after the Woolsey wildfire took it down. The experience was surreal. Crunch, crunch, crunch. Glass, wood, metal. Sky where a roof should be. Crumpled ball of melted curtains. Tangles of metal that...
9 Tips for Managing Stress

9 Tips for Managing Stress

I have 2 kids — 6 1/2 and 5 years old. My husband works long hours and I am alone with them most of the time. It seems like all I do is scream and yell, because my stress level is so high. Money is short and I’m tired all the time. When something breaks...
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