All posts tagged: Parenting

What’s Up With Today’s Super Sensitive Kids?

One of my friends recently took her three-year-old son to a sensory-friendly theater – where kids who are susceptible to sensory input, or who have trouble sitting still for long periods, can enjoy a movie in a safe, comfortable environment. The lights and sound are adjusted, […]

The Huffington Post Interviewed Me

I’ve been a regular Contributor to The Huffington Post since 2015. After posting more than 60 articles about relationships and effective living, HuffPost asked to interview me for its Blended Families Feature. HuffPost: How many family members do you have? Grace: My husband, Ron, and I […]

Guilt Lets Us Do It Again

The summer that I was nine, I begged my parents to let me attend our church’s residential camp. The requirement for a discounted rate was to read The New Testament by a certain date, so I committed to do it. I procrastinated for weeks and […]

9 Things Our Children Need To Know

1. They are innately loved, lovable and loving. Our children need to feel that they matter to us, that they’re needed, and that they contribute to the quality of our lives. They need to feel useful. When I was a single parent, our toilet seat broke […]

Marathon-Communicating With Our Children

When my son turned thirteen, I asked two-dozen of our friends who had known him throughout his life to write their memories and encouraging words for him in a book, and he still has it today. I wanted to send him an empowering message of […]

The Most Important Decision We Make As Parents

The future depends on how we parent, so it’s our biggest responsibility. Too bad there’s no manual or required training. Here’s a key though. The most important thing we can do for our kids is to be good to ourselves, to enjoy life, and to […]

What Language Is My Child Speaking?

As a mother of three boys, I would sometimes ask them during their adolescent years, “Are you practicing to be ventriloquists? Is that why you don’t open your mouths when you speak?” Eventually, I realized that, since teenagers are often expected to stop saying what […]

Kids Know That Love Is Unconditional, Even When We Forget

We never outgrow the basic need we had as children for love, expressed through concentrated attention, affection and unconditional acceptance. And we’re all walking around looking for it, all the time. Conditional acceptance doesn’t exist because love has no gray areas. And to love someone […]

5 Steps For Disciplining So That Our Kids Feel Good At The End

What does a perfect child look like? Well-behaved, well-mannered, honest and thoughtful? Never dirty, unkind or angry? A perfect child is happy, rude, mischievous, helpful, stubborn, curious, rebellious, funny, lazy and adorable – because perfect children are trying out everything. And they’re learning and growing […]