Money for Grades: Bribery or Reward?

As parents, we try to focus on the skills and behaviors that will make our children successful, independent adults. One of those behaviors is good academic or school skills. The question is how do we help our children to develop those school skills, and better yet,...

Structuring an Effective Summer Routine

Summer is around the corner which means summer vacation for most kids and teens. Summer break is met by groans from some parents and cheers from others. Most children and teens look forward to the increased freedom and have visions of endless fun and entertainment....

How to Make Time-Out Effective

Why Use Time-Out? Our focus should always be how we can make our children successful. Time out is a tool that can be used to change behaviors that are not successful for the child. Research tells us that we are more likely to change problem behavior when we use a...

Reinforcing Children Through Visual Tactics

Reinforcing Children Our goal should always be to stay focused on what the child does right. Little or no attention should be paid to inappropriate or challenging behaviors. Always look for ways to find what the child does well and then focus on and reinforce those...

Celebrate Family: Meaningful Mottos

Origins Many people consider creating a family motto to be a newer, modern trend. However, family mottos have long been a part of family life, historically dating back to many of our European ancestors. Many family mottos originated from the family crest or coat of...

Unique Ways to Remember Loved Ones

Old remembrances were often more limiting, usually involved visits to gravesites. New ways to remember often allow for more creative in looking at the best way we can remember our loved ones and keep their memories and spirit alive. New unique ways don’t define...