For moms in Savannah and the Coastal Empire


Making the most of the good days

by Traci Schumacher on Sat, 12/07/2013 - 10:59am

The good days of parenting. We all have them, though maybe not as often as we would like. The good days are days when the kids behave well in action and attitude. Days of relative peace and pleasantness. Days of cooperation instead of conflict.

Practicing discipline: tips for dealing with "strong-willed" kids

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 06/21/2013 - 10:05am

You know you've read a few too many parenting books when you realize the three books you've pulled out for help with an issue all say essentially the same thing. When I read them each the first time, they seemed so unique and profound.

Now I see they are merely different ways of saying the same thing. The books all share the same good, solid principles, just reworded by different authors. Maybe I should write a parenting book. I could repackage the same ideas in different terminology and voila! Instant parenting book.

Buying good behavior with stickers

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 05/08/2013 - 11:15am

Yesterday afternoon my boys were playing together with little plastic army men. The trouble was that my 7-year-old was not playing very nicely or fairly with his little brother, which did not make my little guy too happy, to say the least.

Striving for consistency to fix stubborn discipline issues... consistently

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 9:41am

The theme of consistency comes up over and over in various parenting and discipline methods... rather consistently, in fact. So I ask myself, “Am I consistent in disciplining my kids?”

I feel like I'm consistent because I am consistently dealing with the same issue, such as my 3-year-old not wanting to get dressed in the morning. He hates to get dressed for some reason. The mere mention of getting dressed brings on a meltdown. Every day.

Overreaction to 6-year-old "shooting" classmate with his finger?

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:02pm

Did you see the news story today about a Maryland 6-year-old boy who was suspended from school for a day for making a “gun” with his thumb and forefinger and “shooting” a fellow student ( Seriously. I think parents of boys everywhere should be very afraid if this is what things are coming to.

Limiting freedom of speech

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 1:23pm

Driving in the van the other day, my 8-year-old daughter said something to her brother with a very negative, mean-spirited attitude. When I corrected her, she replied, “Mom, this is America. I can say whatever I want.” Oh my!

My first thought was, hey she's learned something about freedom of speech! But my response to her was, “In this family, we speak kindly or we say nothing.”

Taming the tongue: A technique to help kids make positive word choices and be nice!

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 03/21/2012 - 1:33pm

As a mother of three kids, I often find myself policing the words spoken in our home. Whether something is said with a bad attitude or with an outright mean intention, such negative words are harmful and unacceptable. A friend of mine recently shared a neat technique for encouraging children to speak kindly to one another.

The key to good discipline

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 02/02/2012 - 1:49pm

I think discipline is one part knowing what to do and one part carrying it out effectively. For me the breakdown often occurs in the execution. In the moment. At that moment in time when my son has just kicked his sister because she was going to hit him because he was pretending to shoot her because...

That's when the rubber hits the road. That's when I learn how well I can apply those great discipline ideas I read about just yesterday. How hard it can be to recall good advice when we need it most! Is it just me?

In Trouble at Pre-K - Some Things Are Just "Too Funny"

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 10:27am

When I arrived at school to pick up my son from pre-K yesterday he was wearing his mean look with a poked out lip. His teacher explained that he was upset because he didn't get a sticker since he had been disruptive during circle time. This was new territory for my son as he has always managed to behave well at school (at home is a different story).

His class uses a green/yellow/red discipline system. When I asked my son what happened, he told me he “got on red.” Red?! I asked him if he went to yellow first. He said yes.

Using Words Wisely... Or There May Be No More Pumpkins!

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 09/14/2010 - 10:56am

Have you ever, in a desperate attempt to make your child behave, issued a rash and regrettable ultimatum? In the heat of the moment, we parents can lose our heads and try anything.

I recently talked with a mom who admitted, regretfully, having poorly chosen the terms of discipline for her son. If he was not good on this particular occasion, there would be no birthday party for him... and he was not so good. She knew it was not a fair punishment, but she had said it and therefore stuck to her word. It was a lose-lose situation.

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