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12 Absurd Arguments Peaceful Parents Are Sick of Hearing

The parenting landscape is rapidly changing. Peaceful parenting principles are taking root and spreading and that’s a great thing. But there’s still a lot of work to do. As my daughter gets older, her experiences expand. That means coming into contact with more people and more personalities. My wife and I meet new teachers, coaches,…

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The Most Dangerous Environmental Toxin Most Kids Are Exposed to Daily

I don’t want to sound like I’m knocking other health and nutrition blogs aimed at raising physically healthier kids, because I’m not. They’re doing a great job. But I started RYK because I felt like a lot of people were missing the point — that when it comes to children, it can’t just be about…

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Is Your Child Selfish? Here’s An Action Plan.

I recently received this question in the Reboot Your Kids Facebook group. “Let’s talk about the label ‘selfish’ as it is applied to children between the ages of 5-15. I am curious what you think.” It’s a great question. The selfish label is used early and often by most parents and is quite destructive. I…

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“Scary Mommy:” Learning From The Religion of Coercion

Parenting is tough business. Nobody has it easy. But, we can certainly make things harder on ourselves — and our children — than they need to be. I recently came across an article from scarymommy.com titled, “Motherhood: The Big Fat Fuck You.” To be clear and fair, this article was written by a guest author, Lisa from…

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What do I do if my child is a “picky eater?”

I’m writing this article because I’ve come across this question on numerous parenting forums. I empathize with it. You want your child to eat healthy. At the minimum, you just want them to eat what you cook so you don’t have to make separate meals. Before we launch into solutions, let’s get a couple important…

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“Share” is a dirty word.

The door bell rang five times in rapid succession. Emma. She’s one of four kids that just moved in down the street. They replaced a family of four who moved out a couple months ago. The previous family was an unmitigated disaster of humanity, so Emma and her family are a welcome replacement. Since her first visit,…

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Strategies for setting limits with warmth (and a magic limit-setting phrase)

When making the switch to authenticity, parents often have trouble navigating limit setting. “How do I set limits without morphing into the authority?” It’s a great question. First, understand that children are like computers in the sense that you get out what you put in. In computer programming, the phrase is, “garbage in, garbage out.”…

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