The Destroyer: 8 Positive Strategies to Channel Big Feelings in a Better Way

"That's your sister's special picture!" Got a ripper? Teach him a better way to express his feelings.

Has this ever happened to you? You tell your sweet, reasonably well-behaved kiddo that it’s bedtime—but instead of taking your hand and heading up the stairs, he responds by tossing his little chair across the room. Boom! He’s been transformed into a stomping, swiping, throwing little destruct-asaur right before your eyes. The impulse to break,

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Container Gardening: Easy Summer Fun for Little Urban Farm Hands

Photo by © Jill Chen/Stocksy

Love the idea of growing veggies, fruit, and herbs but lacking garden-space? No problem! If you have a small porch, patio, balcony, rooftop, or even a light-filled window, you’ve got a situation that’s ripe for container crops, from crunchy carrots to crisp lettuce, sweet watermelon (yes, really), fragrant basil, and so much more. Include your

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Oh Honey! 5 Fresh Recipes to Sweeten Your Summer Menu

Photos by © Chris Gramly

It’s hard to imagine summer without the cheerful soundtrack of buzzing bees—these busy winged workers visit flowers here, there, and everywhere to gather the nectar needed for making that tasty toast topper and smoothie sweetener: honey. The bees themselves are essentially mini honey manufacturing plants (more on that later), and the blooms they visit to

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So Your Kid Went Thermonuclear….

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According to my phone it was my wife calling, but the voice on the other end of the line sounded like it was coming from a combat zone—as if she were storming Normandy Beach in the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan. There was screaming, the unmistakable sound of tiny little hands hitting flesh, yelps,

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Pretend Gun Play: Why Do Some Little Boys Love it? And What Should You Do About It?

Why do some little boys have such a fascination with gun play? Photo by © Julia Pivovarova

There he is—your sweet little guy is suddenly leaping off the couch, holding a stick and shouting, “Bang, bang, bang-bang-BANG!” From playing cops and robbers to making Lego® guns and drawing pictures of battles, a fascination with weapon play is normal for many boys—and some girls, too. But it can also be really distressing for

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