Do You Help your Child Too Much?

Helicopter parents. It’s a term that references parents who hover over their kids, knee-deep in everything their kids do. Helicopter parents, while well-intentioned, end up creating a sense of dependence in their kids. Kids of helicopter parents feel it’s necessary to get their parents’ blessing or feedback on almost everything that the kids do. As a toddler, that’s a good thing. However, kids should become more independent as they age . . . but kids of helicopter parents have trouble with that.

Laissez-faire parents tend to let their kids do.....

The Perfectionist Child

Your child is a perfectionist. For example, in learning to print the alphabet, she erases and re-writes every letter that is not perfectly written. She proceeds to feel bad about herself for her failure to write her alphabet perfectly. She experiences this as a personal failure.

You are pleased to see your child’s desire to succeed, but you are troubled by her negative self-talk over even her smallest imperfection. What can you do?

1. Talk to your child about her perfectionism. Try to determine what is causing your ....

How to Recruit, Interview and Hire a Nanny

Finding and hiring the right nanny for your family can seem like a daunting task. We at are here to make the process easier for you. Below are some tips to help.

1. Determine what you want in a nanny. What traits do you want your nanny to possess? (For example, do you want her to be bilingual or CPR/First Aid Certified?) What job duties will you expect your nanny to perform? (For example, do you want her to do your children’s laundry?)
2. Write a job description and a draft nanny contract. A sample ....

New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

For many of us, the New Year ushers in an opportunity to do something different, something more, something better. It’s seen as a whole new opportunity to change the way you impact the world. How can you help your kids, embrace New Year’s resolutions in the most constructive manner?

1. Discuss with your kids the opportunities that we have each day to create our own destinies. New Year’s Eve is merely a poster child for an opportunity that exists for us every day.

Babysitter As Confidante or Advisor

When is it acceptable for your babysitter to act as your confidante and/or advisor in your personal affairs? How do you handle such matters responsibly and professionally?

Let’s say that you and your husband have been disagreeing lately. You know it is not appropriate to speak with your children about your anger at your husband, but you really need to talk to someone. Your babysitter is handy. She listens well. She offers wise counsel. She may even try to mediate the dispute by speaking ......

Dining with Kids

Restaurants provide a host of opportunities for parents to feel under the public’s magnifying lens, because it can be challenging to keep your kids in their seats, with their napkins on their laps, using their utensils appropriately, speaking in an inside voice, and behaving calmly and politely. What can parents do to help their kids have a positive dining experience?

Begin teaching dining etiquette when ............

When Your Kids Lie

As much as we don’t want to admit it, people (adults and kids) stretch the truth, tell “white lies”, or tell great big whopper lies. As parents, we need to know what causes our kids to lie and how we can best respond to our kids when they tell lies.

Boredom Busters

You hear it from your kids a lot. “I’m bored!” You flash back to your own childhood: you didn’t say that regularly like your kids do. What’s going on here? What do you do about it?

As our culture evolves, we are re-orienting to 24/7 activity. When you were a child, stores probably closed each evening, kick-the-can was a fun way to pass several hours with neighborhood kids, and ......


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