How should you respond when someone is mean to you? (5th of a 9 part series)
After preschool, Kubla’s nanny often took him to play with an older neighborhood boy. I start to hear stories about this boy, how he teases Kubla, calling him a toddler, trying to make him unhappy.
Security blankets come in many forms (4th of a 9 part series)
Kubla didn’t want to go to preschool. He missed Liping too much. I wait for him to stop crying and calm down. I pretend to fish for something in my pocket. “I know it’s in
Keeping the neighborhood safe and nice for everyone (3rd of a 9 part series)
After a week of superhero training, Kubla is ready to go on patrol. He puts on his costume—mask, cape, super-serious crime-fighting face, Batman onesie. We start walking around the block, on the lookout for evil.
When the time comes, will you be ready? (2nd of a 9 part series)
Kubla is ready to become a hero. He’s ready to begin his training. “Do the Avengers fight bad guys all day?” “No, the battles only last a few minutes.” “That’s right,” I say. “What do
Fight evil, protect the innocent, and make things nice for everybody (1st of a 9 part series)
Three playdates in a row, Kubla bossed and bullied his friend. It wasn’t abating. He needed a positive outlet for his need to control. After the playdate I take him aside. “Kubla, who is the
With Best-Selling Parenting Author Richard Eyre
For years I have admired the work of best-selling Parenting Author Richard Eyre. This week Richard generously shares with our readers what parenting tools he’s been working on lately, and shares about how he has
Add a spoonful of sugar to unpleasant activities
Like many boys, Kubla hated learning to read. He would walk on hot coals to get out of reading practice. Like many boys, Kubla loves video games. He would eat hot coals to get time
BUT WHO COACHES US TO BE BETTER PARENTS?
Most of us receive training and coaching to be better in our careers. For sports and hobbies, too. But apart from reading the occasional book, or unsolicited advice from our own parents, who among us
Kids are natural creators—keep them that way
When Kubla was 4, he loved watching YouTube videos. And his favorite type of video was Toy Reviews—grown men explaining what was so great about their classic toy collections. I don’t understand the appeal. I
We’re watching birds fly. They look so free and beautiful. “Why can’t you fly, Kubla? You’d be so much better if you could fly.” “I don’t have wings. Of course I can’t fly!”he protests. “Not