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April 14, 2014

A feel-good, strengths-based focus on your family

By Katrina Katen/Individual Matters   This past week marked the first session of the parenting class I teach at the Parenting Place. At the end of the session, I assigned a challenge to each family, which I’m also offering to you here. This week, notice: Five things your child does […]
March 20, 2014

Using choices to conquer the battle of wills

By Katrina Katen/Individual Matters Most parents can think of a time (or many times) when they found themselves in a power struggle with their child or teen.  One of the best ways to reduce these power struggles is to use choices with limits.  Choices provide a sense of shared control […]
March 6, 2014

The magic of books

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place   When I think about what made my life easier as a young mother, one of the first things that comes to mind is books. When my daughter was fussy or wired, she would settle down with a book. When we were feeling out of […]
February 20, 2014

I gave my daughter a Twinkie

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place   My daughter had a Twinkie recently, and the world did not come crashing down around us. This was kind of a big deal for me because food is a big deal for me. She had never had a Twinkie in her life, and I […]
February 6, 2014

Big opportunities are found in little moments

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place During most of my daughter’s first 10 years, I was lucky enough to be able to pull off working 25 hours a week or less. When she was a baby, I didn’t work outside the home at all. We definitely made financial sacrifices during all […]