Tag: child behavior

Running Away

Running Away

I was solo with the kids all day Sunday, which turned out to be Sibling Rivalry Day. I applied I don’t know how many ice packs and band-aids to increasingly serious injuries. My voice was literally hoarse from yelling. By evening, I was way beyond […]

Points Charts for Kids’ Behavior Issues: An Easy Method That’s Working for Us

Points Charts for Kids’ Behavior Issues: An Easy Method That’s Working for Us

We’ve been struggling with end-of-summer-unstructured-days-dysregulated kids (see previous post). A friend of mine, also a doc-mom of kids who fight with each other, shared the system that’s worked wonders for them: It’s a simple points system, with one, two, or three points awarded for acts […]

Should we let our kid hang out by himself most of the time?

Should we let our kid hang out by himself most of the time?

Babyboy will spend all day lying on the floor reading Captain Underpants and then creating his own silly comic books, if we let him. Yes, he interacts with his little sister, and occasionally they create fantastic narratives using Legos, matchbox cars, and plastic animal figurines. […]

If You Buy A Kid An Ice Cream… You Change The Way You Look At Your World

If You Buy A Kid An Ice Cream… You Change The Way You Look At Your World

The kids went to the dentist on Thursday. It was a midmorning appointment, so I kept them out of school for the day. At Babyboy’s school, you have to be buzzed in, show ID, sign in, get a name tag, such a process (for good […]

“You’re a raspberry!” – On defiance and other difficult kid behaviors

“You’re a raspberry!” – On defiance and other difficult kid behaviors

I never know how to respond to my kids’ difficult behaviors. Or, rather, how to correctly respond. Despite the myriad parenting books, websites and blogs I’ve turned to, plus our pediatrician, a child psychologist, and  friends, I don’t ever know what’s the right thing to do. […]