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The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic is here!


It’s that time – or ALMOST that time anyway!  My new book, The “ME, ME, ME” EPIDEMIC: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World hits bookstores in less than a month on August 11, 2015!

This book has been a labor of love for more than two years and it’s a topic that parents everywhere are concerned about. In today’s 24/7, often over-stimulated, over-indulged, can’t-get-enough culture, even the best parents struggle to find the energy to say “no” to their kids—even when they most need to hear it.

Whether you’re starting from scratch with toddlers or navigating the teen years, this book will be your go-to guide to solving your biggest parenting struggles and ridding your home of the entitlement epidemic.   You’ll learn 35 easy-to-implement, un-entitling tools for empowering your kids without indulging them. Fueling their spirit – not just funding their wish-lists.  Fostering respect, compassion and gratitude, rather than focusing on themselves. Teaching responsibility, resilience and real-world skills. And parenting in powerfully positive, proactive, life-changing ways. 

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How to Get Young Athletes to Eat Well for Sports

Guest Post from Jill Castle, MS, RDN

getting young athletes to eat well for sports Parents want their young athletes to feel good, eat well, and perform their best. But that’s not always easy to accomplish when you’re dealing with hungry, growing bodies, different food preferences, and food temptations around every corner.

I’ve heard a variety of food complaints from parents:

“Every time I look at Ryan, he’s eating fruit snacks or cookies!”

“Emily is starving all the time. I can’t keep up with her! What am I doing wrong?”

“I can’t get Tyler to touch a fruit or a vegetable. He’s the carb king!”

The eating challenges don’t disappear when you have a young athlete. From picky eating and wanting a quick performance fix, to hitting the drive-thru for fast food and munching on the wrong foods during competition, it’s not easy to steer the young athlete to eat with their athletic performance and health in mind.

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Technology, Travel, and Making the Most of Family Time

Finding the Right Tech Balance on Vacation

6 life lessons In today’s uber-connected culture it seems everyone from preschoolers to baby boomers are glued to phones, tablets, laptops, and a whole host of other techno-gadgetry. There’s certainly a place for that in our busy lives –those tools are necessary components of business, school, and maintaining calendars. But when we want to go off the grid and treat ourselves and our families to quality downtime and a much-needed vacation, it’s important to create some guidelines for putting away the electronics and tuning into the conversations, memory-making and fun experiences happening in the moment.

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Navigating Life Lessons When Traveling With Kids: What We Learn Along the Way

6 Life Lessons

6 life lessons Our world has become smaller and smaller, in part, because today’s technology helps us communicate in ways we never dreamed possible. On the other hand, there is still a big, wonderful world out there beyond our smartphones and tablets, filled with learning opportunities and exciting adventures. When we travel with our children, we provide them with experiences and lessons they’ll take with them all of their lives.

So if you’re eager to start the next journey with your kids, here are a few ways that you can make it crazy fun while also empowering them with important life lessons. (How’s that for a win-win?)

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Mother’s Day Give-Away!

mother's day give-awayA big salute to all the great moms out there who are in it to win it EVERY day in the lives of their children! We want to throw a little extra “win” into the mix this month for Mother’s Day!

Three lucky winners will get a copy of Amy’s powerful best-selling book – If I Have to Tell You One More Time…The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling!

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Picky Eaters

How to Change Habits WITHOUT Causing a Food Fight

picky eatersFor every parent who has ever felt the frustration of trying to feed a picky eater without losing their cool, or caving into unhealthy habits, this message is for you.

Here’s what we know – in today’s world, there’s not a lot of EXTRA time to go around. Certainly not enough to make a separate meal for a picky eater or get involved in a power struggle during what could be quality family time.

Fortunately, dealing with testy taste buds doesn’t have to be a struggle for parents. There are practical and even fun ways to get persnickety children to expand their mealtime favorites list without causing a food fight.

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