Tag: discipline

I spent the entire day with my kids and didn’t yell/scream/spank/lose my mind

I spent the entire day with my kids and didn’t yell/scream/spank/lose my mind

I am so freaking proud of myself.   It’s the end of summer vacation. There’s no more camp, no routine. Sleep and wake schedules are wacky. These kids are kind of dysregulated.   And, Oh, they were terrible. They were at each other’s throats. There […]

Heroic parenting win or just a huge pain in the ass?

Heroic parenting win or just a huge pain in the ass?

My five-year-old daughter shoplifted today. It’s a January Saturday. I’m feeling crappy and need to puff my inhaler every four hours or I get nasty coughing fits, but I keep forgetting. Hubby has a huge game so it was just me and the kids for […]

And Some Words of Appreciation

And Some Words of Appreciation

“Guys, look, look at that beautiful sunset!”  I admit I was only trying to distract them. Babyboy sulked in his booster seat, rubbing his eyes and wiping his nose with his dirty little fists, head hanging low.  I’d rushed from my late afternoon clinic to […]

Doctors, Heal Thyselves

Doctors, Heal Thyselves

We have a monthly Balint- style practice meeting. A Balint group is a group of clinicians who meet regularly and present clinical cases in order to better understand the clinician-patient relationship. Our group is moderated by a real, bona fide psychologist, and serves as a sort of therapy… I think […]

“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. […]