Posted by Autumn Ward | I was the mom with the schedule. Feeding schedule. Sleeping schedule. Reading and playtime schedule. I even had a written schedule on my refrigerator that I followed so I wouldn’t forget anything. I’m telling you, I was the schedule queen. (I’m shaking my head laughing just thinking about it.) Why…

  How to listen: Apple Podcasts | Google Play | SoundCloud | TuneIn Josh Shipp, award-winning teen expert featured on MTV, CNN, and in The New York TImes, shares honest, helpful tips on how to parent effectively through some of your kids’ most annoying traits. YOUR CUE Make an honest effort to see the annoying trait…

  My daughters are spoiled. And to a certain degree, I’m okay with that.   But here’s what I know—there’s a line between a “spoiled” child and an “entitled” child. And that’s a line I have not always navigated with precision. In fact, I have given in to whining too often, and made many ill-advised…

  I saw myself on the screen the other night. I wasn’t on the jumbotron at the baseball game. I wasn’t starring in a home movie. No, I saw myself in a movie character. An unlikely one. And the irony is that it was the antagonist of a movie that I watched years ago.   I have become the bad…

  I love to live on the edge. At least that is what I tell my kids when they are all frustrated with me. I am that person. That person that drives until the “E” light in my car has been shining at me for about 30 miles. It doesn’t help that now my car…

As parents, we all want our kids to develop good habits. We hope they will do difficult things, learn perseverance and speak the truth. We have a list of a thousand things we hope for them, but how to we help them build those habits? What does that process look like? I think that instead…

Is it my age? My experience? Is it good old common sense? Or, is some combination of all three? I haven’t yet figured out where its coming from, but “it” is the way that I’m teetering very close to telling parents to buck the trend and love your kids by keeping the smartphone out of…

  What better way to start off a new year than with a Year in Review list. The best of the best all at once! Top 5 Blog Posts from 2017 1. 5 RULES WE GAVE OUR 13-YEAR-OLD WHEN SHE JOINED INSTAGRAM Read This 2. THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR KIDS IS LEAVE…

  It’s that time of year. The stale leftover cookies are in the trash and I’m eyeing the tree, wishing it would pack up and walk itself to the basement. I’m ready to make a clean sweep of the holidays. Christmas is over.   This means a brand new year ahead and I’m thinking about…

It’s no secret that Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of the year. And the tension is that by this point, Christmas Eve, all the ‘how to avoid stress’ tips from the I’ve-got-everything-together-why-don’t-you people seem too little too late: Start your shopping early. (Some of you are reading this on your phone…