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
Have your little ones send their own thank you notes and holiday greetings
When Kubla was a baby I set up an email address in his name so I could send messages on his behalf to friends and family. Here are some samples. Mama, I want to tell
Why tell them something they love is wrong?
Kubla pops another marshmallow into his mouth. It’s his third. “Kubla, stop. That’s disgusting.” His face falls a little. “But can I tell you a secret? When I was your age, I thought marshmallows were