The Power of Cuna Trick for a Fuzzy-for-Nothing Baby Thumbnail

The first word my one year old daughter Briani learned was “papa.”  The first one she learned to fear was “cuna.” For those who are Spanish-language challenged, “cuna” means crib.  In my house and outside […] Read more

Awesome Ruiz Costa Rica Family Adventure Video

This is an exceptional family video we compiled following the Ruiz Family’s great Costa Rica vacation in 2009.

The Silent Cry Trick

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Tengo bastantes trucos en lo que se refiere al asunto de “mala conducta y castigos” para los niños; pero hoy quiero hablar de un truco muy práctico que aprendí hace varios años en una clase de paternidad. Se trata del ´truco del grito silencioso´.

In this classic video from 2008, my then four year old Elena whacks her brother and shows why she’s no wimpy push over girl.

The Close Your Eyes Trick for inappropriate movies Thumbnail

This post will show you how to responsibly show your kids certain R-rated movies. It will help you exhibit many borderline R-rated movies that you wish you could show your kids except for those parts that you wish weren’t in the movie you want them to see.

The British Teeth Trick

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Sometimes you just can’t be politically correct to teach your kids something powerfully poignant about life and hygiene.  Such a moment fell on my lap two years ago as my wife and I casually watched […] Read more

The John Wayne Patriotic Trick

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I’m living proof that almost everything you need to teach your young children about patriotism you can show them through John Wayne World War II movies. I’m not sure that my grandparents were deliberately trying to […] Read more

The Let the Baby Cry Trick

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My 1 year old daughter Briani has what I call horror film lungs. When she shrieks, the walls and windows shake. My little girl is as determined and tenacious as her parents (she’s got a […] Read more

The One-Time Rule Trick

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The One-Time Rule Trick is one of the most important tricks I use because it can literally be life-saving.  I’ll explain why it can be life-saving in a moment but before I do let me […] Read more

The Beat Your Bully Trick

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My son Jonathan is now 10, which is roughly the same age when I first experienced what a bully was.  I had a bully when I was 10 who for all I know may be […] Read more