Jolene Roehlkepartain

Three Simple Ways Parents Can Fight Bullying

What can parents do to stop bullying? Research says: 90 percent of children in grades 3 to 6 say they have been bullied at some time. Read on for three simple tips you can use to address the problem.

The Silent Treatment: What to Do When Kids Won’t Talk

Sometimes kids get so upset they don’t want to talk. Other times, they may be going through a “no talking” phase (actually it’s more of a “no talking to parents” phase).

What Makes Your ‘Modern Family’ Strong?
Our world is changing. So are families. In many ways, it doesn’t matter how families are created but how family members interact and thrive.
It's Halloween! How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?

With the Halloween holiday right around the corner, I’ve gotten to thinking about how important it is to know our neighbors. When we know whom we can trust, who our kids can go to, and how we can be there for each other, it makes life more meaningful and rich.

Is Your Family Eating Well?

Yes, everyone is busy. Yes, a lot of activities are vying for top priority. Yes,school is underway and extracurricular activities are either in full swing or are about to gear up. But since eating healthy matters to us, we’re trying to make some easy, small, positive changes.

Never Underestimate The Power of Touch

“Too often we underestimate the power of touch—a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring—all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”—Leo Buscaglia, American author

How Responsible Is Your Child?

Whenever I ask parents how responsible their child is, I hear interesting sound effects: hysterical laughter, deep groans, or long sighs accompanied by eye-ball rolling. I have yet to meet a single parent who is satisfied with how responsible their child is.

Are You a Good Role Model?

What are your kids learning from you? As parents, we hope they’re picking up good habits and learning how to be caring, principled people. Yet, no parent is perfect.

Bridging The Kindergarten Gap

Whenever I talk to kindergarten teachers and early childhood educators, many are concerned about the widening gap between children who are ready to enter kindergarten—and those who are already severely behind. Something is wrong with this picture! Shouldn’t all kids be ready to succeed in kindergarten?

To Immunize or Not to Immunize?

Most schools have a standard set of requirements for student immunizations, vision, and hearing tests, but lately there has been a growing trend of parents who are refusing to give kids’ all their immunizations—which puts everyone at risk. Are we being swayed by medical myths instead of medical facts?

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