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The Single Most Important Parenting Action We Can Do Today


A few years ago my dad apologized for being distracted throughout my childhood. “I’m deeply sorry for that,” he wrote. “I hope you always knew how much I loved you.”

My dad didn’t go into detail about what he was sorry for … he didn’t need to. I knew. I remember.

But I remember something more.

I remember walking across campus to my dad’s office everyday afterschool for over a decade. Upon my arrival, I would find my dad sitting at his desk surrounded by piles of papers and books. Although the empty chair sitting beside him was probably for a colleague in need of curriculum guidance or a college student seeking scheduling assistance, I always believed that empty chair was for me.

Dad would look up from whatever he was doing and greet me with a smile. Then, as if on cue, he’d place the cap on the black felt-tip pen that he used to grade papers or draft notes. The pen cap gesture was my signal. It meant my dad wanted to hear about my day. Sometimes I told him a few things, other times I went on and on about something exciting or dramatic that happened at school. My dad would listen, nod, and sometimes add his two cents. Without fail, my dad would smile as if hearing about my day was the best part of his day

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Family Sites You Won’t Want to Miss!

PPSeyeballMy new book, The Me, Me, Me Epidemic is officially in bookstores now and I am so grateful for the amazing tribe of Un-Entitling Ambassadors — leading parenting experts and brilliant bloggers – who helped me share this book and the Un-Entitling Toolbox with the world. I encourage you to visit their sites and blogs and soak in all they have to offer. You’ll find them content-rich, right-on-point, some absolutely hysterical and others that seem like they are speaking directly to you.  These leaders bring insights, solutions, humor, creativity and lots of love to our community of parents and caregivers. Check them out today! Thank you to this brilliant team of “Un-Entitling Ambassadors”! Read More

The Top Ten Things You’ll Learn From My Book

The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World

PPS-top-10-book-LEARNI get it! There are a LOT of choices when it comes to finding great reads and resources for raising kids who are not only well behaved…but well on their way to being happy, healthy, independent people when they grow up. With that said, I hope you’ll indulge me while I shamelessly share with you ten great reasons why I think you should pick up a copy of my new book – The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic today.

You’ll get the tools to…

  1.  Say NO. One of the toughest challenges for parents in today’s world is to set limits you and your kids can feel good about – and make them stick.
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Some big news to share with YOU!

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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