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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 

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 

I’m at a loss here. 

I’m at a loss here. 

It’s August. I did have a few summery, lighthearted posts lined up.  But then we had serious threats of nuclear warfare with North Korea, and I made the mistake of reading this potentially useful article about how to survive after an atomic bomb detonates near 

More Than Pirate Ships, Hermit Crabs, and Ice Cream: The Power of Positive Attitude

More Than Pirate Ships, Hermit Crabs, and Ice Cream: The Power of Positive Attitude

We could have easily given up and gone home and called it a complete waste of time, a casualty of poor planning. But it became one of the best family outings we’ve ever had! Because of some last-minute cancellations, we had an unexpectedly unscheduled Saturday. 

How do we talk to our kids about Manchester?

How do we talk to our kids about Manchester?

Last night, well after I’d tucked her in and gone to bed, Babygirl got up and wandered downstairs. She loves to hang out with Daddy, watching sports, and she’ll fall asleep on the couch. But Hubby was watching CNN coverage of the suicide bombing in 

We lost our s–t with the stranger who criticized our kid

We lost our s–t with the stranger who criticized our kid

…and I wrote all about it on the Mothers in Medicine group blog: We lost our s–t with the stranger who criticized our kid    

Who will run the world?

Who will run the world?

Babygirl, leaping from couch to chair to ottoman: “I’m KING of the world and I have amazing superpowers! Look what I can do!” Babyboy, absorbed with a complex Lego creation which encompasses the entire living room rug: “You can’t be king because you’re a girl. 

Quality American Civics Lesson

Quality American Civics Lesson

“Mama, this is a very pretty march! So many people are wearing pink, and so many signs are pink, and even have kitties on them!” So observed my five-year-old girlie-girl daughter yesterday, Saturday, January 21st. There were marches in support of women’s rights (and everyone’s 

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 

It’s 5:15 a.m. on the one day of the week I can sleep in…

It’s 5:15 a.m. on the one day of the week I can sleep in…

Is it Murphy’s Law or just normal motherhood?  Babyboy was alert and oriented and determined to wake me up before dawn. It’s Sunday, the one day of the week no one has early morning commitments requiring me to be up. Hubby is out of town