Raising Engaged Citizens

Raising Engaged Citizens

Below is an essay I wrote while sitting in the Baltimore airport after attending President Barack Obama’s inauguration with my son. I share it in the hopes that you’ll not only vote (if you’re in the U.S.), but to encourage you to involve your children as you...
Homeschooling Tips For Parents

Homeschooling Tips For Parents

When people ask why I didn’t send my son to school till the sixth grade, I say something like this: “I believe that children are born with a passion for learning. I believe that a love of learning is an essential quality that helps them pursue their interests and...
Helping Children Develop Resilience

Helping Children Develop Resilience

Last year, I got a call from Margaret because her 18 year old daughter Sarah was having a difficult time adjusting to college. Sarah had dreamed of attending X University after first seeing it on a family trip in the 8th grade. Since then, she had never doubted that...
Power Struggles While Sheltering In Place

Power Struggles While Sheltering In Place

Dear Susan, I am just plain worn out over getting my six-year old to do the simplest things like brushing her teeth or putting on her shoes. Why can’t she just say, “Okay, Mom” and get with the program? Why does she have to put up a fight about every single...
How Do I Stop Sibling Rivalry?

How Do I Stop Sibling Rivalry?

It’s natural for children to feel frustrated when big sister takes the last cookie, or little brother touches their “stuff.” Not only do brothers and sisters compete with one another for a parent’s attention, they sometimes simply argue out of...
Family Mission Statements

Family Mission Statements

If you embark on a sailing trip and your destination is a thousand miles Southeast from where you begin, it won’t be a problem if you sail directly South for a while. You may even be able to get away with sailing Southwest for a bit. But if you don’t...
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