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  • Lead Them to Manage Themselves

    “Educate your children to self-control…and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.” (Benjamin Franklin)   There are few things I find more self-sabotaging than parents trying to manage their kids’ behavior. Recently I was in a conversation with other parents of teenage boys, and they were complaining about […]

  • Halo Effect

    “Be aware that a halo only has to fall a few inches to become a noose.” (Dan McKinnon) When we are trying so hard to do everything perfectly and be the “model” mom or dad, we might as well think of it as tightening the noose. We are not only choking the life out of […]

  • The Passive-Resistant Parent

    “Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” (Dr. Martin Luther […]

  • SpankFree Parenting Part 1: Can We Have a ScreamFree Conversation?

    [Before you start reading this, please note: this article is a bit longer than what you may be used to. I’m inviting us all into a thoughtful conversation about an emotion-filled topic, and I find that hard to do in our modern brief blog format.] Years ago, when we at ScreamFree were just starting out, […]