Archives for March 2012

Do Your Values Show?

In every challenging situation, people can and do respond in different ways. Each different response conveys different values. How  accurately do your parenting  actions convey your values?

If you are interested in exploring your answer to this question check out the short parenting quiz titled What Traits Do You Value? Do Your Actions Communiucate These Values? brought to you by

This quiz gives you 5 parenting scenarios. For each scenario you will be asked to select your most likely response. When you are finished there is a legend that matches your responses with the value they each convey. Be true to yourself, write your initial responses down, and scroll down to the legend after you have answered all 5 questions. Additionally, if you have a parenting partner, get her/hem to take the quiz as well. Are your answers and values similar? Are you (and your parenting partner) conveying the values you desire through your parenting actions?


Nurture Yourself So You Can Nurture Others

Self-care? It’s not self-indulgence. In fact, it’s absolutely, positively necessary if you’re to be a good parent, partner, role model, co-worker and friend. This two-page information sheet describes the signals that you need nurturing, and it explains why self-care is so important. You’ll also find a list of ways you can help yourself recover from too much stress—and many of these activities can be done wherever you are, whenever you have a few minutes, without spending a dime. So take some time for yourself and begin by reading the Qwik Sheet Special of the Month Taking Care of  Yourself, brought to you by ParentingPress. com.


Happy Homework Hour

Is homework time at your house a battle between you and your child? Does your child consistently forget to bring homework home or turn it in?

This week I would like to offer some suggestions for those of you who answered yes to the questions above. In her parenting tip of the week titled Homework Rules and Consequences, Part 1 Shari Steelsmith suggests that parents utilize a consistent system of rules and consequences for children who struggle to complete daily homework. The basic rule regarding homework should be “work before play”.

In her parenting tip of the week titled Homework Rules and Consequences, Part 2 author, Shari Steelsmith, outlines “an effective consequence system for turning a bad homework habit around”. This system involves logical consequences such as not attending extracurricular activities until homework and assignments are completed and turned in regularly.

For details and more information about how to make daily homework a pleasant learning experience check out the links to the articles above brought to you by Parenting Press.

“Reprinted with permission from Parenting Press Parenting Tips Archives, copyright 2008”


Sibling Struggles: How Parents Can Support Healthy Sibling Relationships

Do you remember squabbling with your siblings? Do you have more than one child of your own and find that your children sometimes seem to struggle to get along?

If you answered “yes” to either of these questions then you experienced or are likely experiencing a normal sibling relationship. Most interpersonal human relationships have their ups and downs. The relationships between siblings are no exception. Parents can do a lot to help siblings solve their conflicts peacefully. These peaceful problem solving skills may also contribute to peace in our world. In a parenting tip of the week titled Solutions to Sibling Problems author, Shari Steelsmith, gives practical tips for parents when “normal sibling friction seems to escalate”. In another parenting tip of the week post, Three Things That Make Sibling Squabbles Worse, Shari Steelsmith, gives even more advice by outlining three things to avoid as parents of siblings. Check out the links above, brought to you by Parenting Press, for specific things that parents can do to support peaceful sibling conflict.