Bratty kids = bad bosses and unpleasant co-workers

A friend of mine recently move to a new city and started a new job.  She was so excited and couldn’t wait to start her new position. Within three months, she was back to checking out the wanted ads. The promising job she’d started was turning …Read more

Mock chicken legs! What’s your favorite school lunch?

Mock chicken legs! What’s your favorite school lunch?

Let’s face it, most kids would agree that the two most exciting times during the school day are recess and lunch.  For those of us …Read more

It’s 8:45? Oh no, it’s past my bedtime…I’m in BIG trouble!

It’s 8:45? Oh no, it’s past my bedtime…I’m in BIG trouble!

Any parent with multiple children can tell you that the unique and individual personalities of children reveal themselves from an early age. Nonetheless, with every …Read more

Dealing with bratty teens? Send them to India.

Dealing with bratty teens? Send them to India.

A lot of people have ask me why I don’t write more about teenagers and dealing with bratty teens. I suppose the short answer to …Read more

What happens when a case of bratitus goes untreated

What happens when a case of bratitus goes untreated

I have said it time and again: bratty behavior does not simply disappear as a child gets older.  It just changes form and can lead …Read more

Spanking children: the day I fled from a spanking

Spanking children: the day I fled from a spanking

There’s a proposed legislation to, “bring up the spanking a notch” in Kansas.  I could think of 101 better uses of legislative time and I …Read more

Picky eaters? Let ‘em go a little hungry. Problem solved.

Picky eaters? Let ‘em go a little hungry. Problem solved.

There seems to be an inverse relationship between the abundance of food kids have to choose from and the rise in picky eaters. One day …Read more

My kid’s a spoiled brat but he’ll grow out of it…right?

My kid’s a spoiled brat but he’ll grow out of it…right?

Conventional wisdom is that, children grow out of spoiled brats.  The terrible twos come and go, troubled teens are a hassle, but the kid comes …Read more

YouTube video: Kid singing Michael Jackson barebones

YouTube video: Kid singing Michael Jackson barebones

Those who know me best know two things about me: First, I love music. I’m sure all my years of playing musical instruments (string, wind, …Read more

Excuse me but my kid is NOT a brat

Excuse me but my kid is NOT a brat

I’m pretty sure there are plenty of people who find it offensive that I would say my kid is a brat, let alone build a …Read more

What effect do children have on their parents?

What effect do children have on their parents?

I just stumbled upon this new and interesting books on parenting, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, by Jennifer Senior.  Below …Read more