Parenting Tips


Caring for Elderly Parents? How to Get More Energy

These tips on how to get more energy when you’re caring for elderly parents aren’t about eating well or getting enough sleep. You know that already! Rather, they’re practical and helpful suggestions for making changes in your life that will increase your time and energy levels. I can’t give you enough information in this article, which is why I recommend The […]

Caring for Elderly Parents How to Get More Energy

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The Favorite Child is Less Likely to Use Drugs and Alcohol

At book club recently, we discussed what it’s like to be the favorite child. I wish I’d seen this research then – it shows that parental favoritism is linked to drug and alcohol use (and if you’re using drugs and alcohol, you’re flirting with addiction). If your parents have a favorite child, they may be setting the other siblings up […]


How to Teach Your Kids to be Independent

At what age can you start teaching your children independence? Find out here – these parenting tips are from Angela England, founder of Untrained Housewife and author of Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less). “Our children are tough, resilient, and creative because we encourage them to try new things,” says Angela. “My husband and I support small efforts […]


How to Help Your Kids Cope With Stress

What is stressing your kids out? Here are three common sources of stress, plus practical tips parents can use to help kids cope with stress. These tips are from Sandra Blackard of the Language of Listening®. “I believe the top three sources of stress for children of any age are external pressure to perform, too little self-directed time, and stressed-out parents,” […]


What to Do When Your Daughter Says She Hates You

These tips on what to do when your daughter says “I hate you” will help mothers cope. I interviewed psychologists, therapists, and parenting experts on coping when your daughter says she hates you. Parenting a Teen Girl: A Crash Course on Conflict, Communication and Connection with Your Teenage Daughter by Lucie Hemmen is an excellent resource for moms whose daughters […]


5 Tips for Solving Problems in Dysfunctional Families

If your family is dysfunctional, these tips for solving family problems will help you create a happier, healthier home life. Do you feel dissatisfied with family life? Do you find yourself spending less and less time with your spouse and kids? Or avoiding extended family members? You’re not alone. Families are complex, and having a happy family takes time and energy. […]


Giving Teens an Allowance – Money Management Tips for Parents

A parent asked me about giving her 13 year old teenager $50 a week for an allowance. Since I’m no expert on teens and money management, I asked the creator of KidsSave for her input. Here, Karyn Hodgens offers some practical tips on giving teens an allowance… This was my reader’s question: “I give my 13 year old $50 a week for allowance, and […]