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3 Ways to Stop Parental Frustration Before it Starts

I am not the kind of guy that enjoys working on cars or fixing things around the house. To be honest a good portion of that kind of stuff I…

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5 Common Marriage Troubles After Kids and How to Work Through Them

Remember this little poem from grade school? Girl and Boy, sittin’ in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage. But…

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The Most Effective Skill to Help Parents Learn to Keep Their Cool

Years ago I heard a story from a Mom that both she and I got a good chuckle about, however I knew it was no laughing matter in the moment…

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5 Fears of Becoming a Dad; and How to Kick the Fear to the Curb

To be a father, or not to be – that is the question for so many people. Dad’s see that look women get when they see the newborn baby in…

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How to Stop Tantrums Now and Prevent Them Later

I recently watched a mother and her little girl in the grocery store. As they moved past the freezer aisle of the store, the little girl let out a shriek…

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What to Do When Kids Sneak Food

When my oldest son turned 4 he decided he didn’t want to wait for mom and dad to get up and make breakfast in the morning. He would wake up…

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Make this Back to School Year the Best Yet

The school year is upon us again. The windows of stores are lined with back to school sale signs and shelves are full of school supplies. For most parents it’s…

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What to Do When Your Kids Really “Bug” You

Have you ever said to a friend or even to yourself, “My children are always in my way and their voices are constantly in my ear. I don’t know how…

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Is it Okay to Bribe My Kids?

Let’s be honest, we’ve all done it. We’ve all bribed our children at one point or another. Sometimes the bribes come in planned, well thought out, elaborate charts and token…

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The Secret to Dumping Parental Shame and Stress

One of the first things I tell parents in my TRU Parenting Classes is, “The sign of a great parent is not the child’s behavior. The sign of a truly…

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