When I think of the word practice, it reminds me of the saying that practice makes perfect. I soon realized that practice meant a whole lot more. I also thought this tool card meant to give children practice, but realized … Continued

Understand the Brain

I know Summer is here, because I have officially “flipped my lid”, or at least I have wanted to every day since school has been out…sigh. On one hand I am truly grateful to have a career where I am … Continued

Sense of Humor

Sense of Humor is definitely the easiest and healthiest tool card to practicewhen I remember! When I think back to why I wanted to have children, the first thought that comes to mind is, “Because I want to have a … Continued

Small Steps

Small steps was the perfect tool card for this week. My almost 5-year-old son started kindergarten and, as much as I don’t agree with it, he was given homework. I really struggled with this for the first few days for … Continued

One Word

This morning my oldest son, Greyson, almost 7-years-old said to me, “I can’t wait until I’m grown up so I can boss my kids around.” I was amused, surprised and hurt at the same time. Amused because he thinks that … Continued

Eye to Eye

Tonight I experienced why it is so important to get Eye to Eye with my child when trying to communicate. The boys and I (6 ½-year-old Greyson and 4 ½-year-old Reid) were enjoying our Friday evening with a Red Box … Continued

Closet Listening

I found Closet Listening be one of the easiest and yet most difficult tools to use. Easy, because all you really need to do is sit with your child and not say anything. I found this difficult, because it’s not … Continued

Decide What You Will Do

Decide what you will do and—follow through! The most important part of this tool is the follow through. Children know when you mean it and when you don’t. After all, isn’t that their job is to test you and their … Continued

Distract & Redirect

In the beginning of this week I thought this tool was used mostly with younger children. I used distract and redirect on a daily basis when my boys were toddlers. However, this week I had several opportunities to practice this … Continued

Winning Cooperation

Before my husband Mark and I got married we came up with the 3 C’s to a successful marriage. Communication, Compromise, and Compassion. Since becoming parents we’ve agreed that there was a ‘C’ that we were missing—Cooperation. We believe that … Continued