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Is your home full of little ducklings, or wolf pups? strong will Jul 30, 2022

SOME KIDS ARE GENUINELY HARDER.

Why is it so hard for us to admit that, both on a personal and societal level?

I think it is because we have confused "hard" with "bad."

These kids aren't bad. They're glorious. They're just not easy "do it because I said so" kids.

How do you know if you...

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A points system!?! Has Abigail gone mad?? strong will Aug 02, 2019

For those of you who know me, this email may come as a bit of a shock. It is not what I usually recommend. 

For those who don't know me well, then you should know I do NOT recommend rewards and punishments as a general "go-to" for parenting. I think they are a poor substitute for...

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Turning Bad Behavior into Good strong will tweens Dec 02, 2018

Sometimes our kids are just... well... awful. 

It's ok. We parents can be too. 

The good news? Sometimes that big giant steaming pile of yuck can bloom some pretty nice flowers if you know how to till the soil. 

Let me explain:

It's a Saturday....

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