Going back-to-school in chunks

MarcilieBack to School, Work / Life Balance4 Comments

About a week ago, I found myself feeling unsettled and anxious about the coming of a new school year.  My son will start high school this month which presents all sorts of new emotional and logistical issues, I lost my carpool partner for my two younger daughters, and I had a lot of questions about what the extracurricular schedule would look like. … Read More

3 Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to School

MarcilieBack to School, Parenting w/Positive Discipline2 Comments

As summer comes to a close, it’s time for another huge transition in our children’s lives:  a new school year. Some kids handle this transition with ease.  Others don’t!  And most all kids need some help with transitions:  from bed to school, from school to home, from play to work, from awake to sleep, etc. The transition from summer to school is a … Read More

5 Tips for Work / Life Balance (whether you work for pay or not)

MarcilieWork / Life Balance4 Comments

“Balance” means something different to everyone.  But we all know how it feels.  And have you noticed that when you feel it, parenting (and everything) is so much easier?    To me, “balance” does not mean having equal amounts of things.  Rather, it means having as much of something as you need, in order to feel a sense of peace, fulfillment, and general … Read More

Transforming the Little Moments to Bring in the Light — a guest blog from Lisa Fuller

MarcilieParenting w/Positive Discipline0 Comments

This month, I’m featuring a guest blog from my fellow Positive Discipline Associate and friend, Lisa Fuller.  I love this story, and hope you will, too.   Wouldn’t it be great to have a “before” and “after” parenting show?   Last month I traveled on swanky Virgin America and enjoyed the guilty pleasure of watching “What Not to Wear.” Are … Read More

My kid uses my own parenting tool on me . . . and it works!

MarcilieUncategorized1 Comment

“I need a hug” is an actual parenting tool from “Positive Discipline.”  You can use this tool almost any time, in any situation, and it often works wonders.   Imagine that your child is having a tantrum.  You say, “I need a hug!”   Your child can’t hear you at first because he is tantrumming (or arguing, or negotiating, or … Read More

The power of perspective when parenting

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“Your explanation of your child’s behavior guides your intervention.”  — Ross Greene   I will forever be transformed by having read, “The Explosive Child” by Ross Greene.  Poorly named, this book describes both a perspective and a process for solving behavior problems jointly with kids (all kinds, even non-explosive ones.)  His work, along with “Positive Discipline,” inspired the curriculum for … Read More