Real Talk

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Praise Kids

Want to increase your child’s self-esteem? Make her more resilient and willing to face challenges? Stop praising her. That’s right, stop the atta-girl, you are so smart and strong. An intriguing longitudinal study on parent praise by Carol Dweck, a Harvard researcher, shows that too much positive feedback can backfire and hijack the very attributes […]

Music Matters! And Singing and Dancing

By Paula Solis Krock So often when I heard the words as a young mom Sing to your children Dance with them! ! I rolled my eyes and thought, “I have a terrible voice! I can’t dance!” but here is the beautiful thing—your child DOES NOT KNOW THIS! In fact, until your child is about […]

On Raising Great Kids: An Ode to Strangers

By Nancy Blakey One day, when the kids were little and filled with a pre-school vision of the world, we picked up my mother at the airport.  I had a baby on my back, two toddlers by the hand and my five-year-old daughter steering the way through the crowds.  We turned a corner to a […]

A Measure of Work

I’ve worked hard in my life. I’ve been what you could call poor. I never went hungry or without shoes, but I’ve been poor enough as a child to consider a Barbie doll an uncommonly generous gift, and new shoes a real splurge. I’m not poor anymore, but those lean years have added something to […]

How to Combat Bullying: It Begins at Home

   By Paula Solis Krock Earlier this week I shared with you about the great Emily Post and The Post’s legacy of the Golden Rule; Be the person you want your child to be. (The Emily Post Institute, 2017) I polled friends and colleagues and came up with the top three things we wanted our […]

Manners 101

By Paula Solis Krock If you have never heard of Emily Post, she was a strong voice of etiquette in the 1920’s, writing about things such as social graces and manners for children and adults in all walks of life. Her family still carries on her 100-year legacy via The Emily Post Institute, , where […]

Life as Plan B

I was at the kitchen table writing when our 4-year-old son appeared from his nap smiling sheepishly. “Ben! You cut your hair!” I tried not to scream. He had taken the scissors from an earlier project to bed with him and gave himself a magnificent reverse Mohawk—all the hair on top of his beautiful blonde […]

Learn to Let Go

What is good parenting? What is the good life? Picking your battles for one–with your child, your partner, at work, in your inner life. The reality is we worry about the wrong things—stranger danger, tornadoes, terrorists—when the real threats to our lives are under the kitchen sink for toddlers, in the car driving to work, […]

An Easy and A Hard Way to Travel with Kids

One day many years ago I was listening to NPR when a fascinating piece came on about zebras. Even though their distinctive stripes make them stand out on the African plain individually, collectively their patterns merge, making it difficult for a predator to visually isolate just one and pick it from the herd. Alone they […]

The Best Father’s Day Gift: Romance

It was Father’s Day in Bristol Bay Alaska. The boys were fighting over who got to use the four-wheeler first, there was a parade of fishermen through the house, and my husband was buried in tasks. He looked tired as the salmon season began to unfold for our processing company. What Father’s Day? “Could I […]

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