Support, Don’t Hover, to Raise Independent Kids

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Sometimes it feels like parenting is a no-win situation these days. If you stick too close, you're a helicopter. If you hang too far back, you're not … [Continue reading...]

Parenting with Presence with Susan Stiffelman

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I read a lot of parenting books.  When parents come to me for help, I need to know what they're reading and why it speaks to them.  When they come to … [Continue reading...]

Plan the Perfect Playdate With Avery & Austin

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To drop your child at my house to play is to leave structure behind.  Do I supervise them?  Of course!  Do I feed them?  Obviously.  One thing I won't … [Continue reading...]

Your Must-Have Resource for Navigating Social Media With Tweens

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When I think back to middle school, I can't help but remember the notes passed in study hall or in between classes.  Do you like Katie?  Circle one: … [Continue reading...]

How to Inspire Your Kids to Spread Happiness

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Today is the International Day of Happiness!  While it might seem a bit much to dedicate a day to celebrating happiness, I think a day like this is … [Continue reading...]

How to Handle Conflict With Your Spouse

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One of my editors asked me to write an article about handling the conflict that naturally arises during a marriage.  Arguments happen - that doesn't … [Continue reading...]

Parenting Articles on Momtastic

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  I've been so busy freelancing everywhere else that I haven't taken the time to share everything here.  Many of you email me or look me up on … [Continue reading...]

Want Happy Kids? Teach Forgiveness.

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Forgiveness. Chances are you’ve talked to your kids about forgiveness at some point. You’ve probably asked one child to forgive the other child for … [Continue reading...]

Boys Will Be Boys No More

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To know me is to know that I can't stand it when parents make excuses for boys just because they are, well, boys.  He's just being a boy.  That's what … [Continue reading...]

That So-Called Mommy Problem

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  I love being a mom.  I fought long and hard to become a mom, and I really do love it.  I love being called mommy.  I love when other people … [Continue reading...]