Behavior

When we wake up in the morning, we aren’t thinking, “Hey, I’d love to pay the bills today!”  Same thing with toddlers.  They aren’t consciously thinking, “Hey, I’m gonna scream for 20 minutes today to get my way!” But just like paying the bills is our job, throwing a tantrum is a toddler’s job.  They […]

If there is one thing that all parents struggle with; it is transitions. There are two kinds of transition with which we really struggle.  One kind is getting a child to switch gears.  Whether it is transitioning from home to out of the house or leaving the park to go to lunch, this is often […]

Before I traveled with young kids, I was deathly afraid of traveling with young children and couldn’t understand why anyone would do it. I remember reading pieces like Don’t bring your child on a plane or Leave your kid at home next time But another thing stuck with me as well.  When I was young, single […]

Using literature to deal with issues is one of the easiest ways to approach just about any subject and it comes with the added benefit of increasing literacy skills.   When someone experiences a feeling, they feel validated when they realize that others are experiencing the exact same feeling.  So when you read about children […]

Disappointment and failure are two things that you want your child to avoid at all costs as they are growing up. Just kidding! We all know that having a perfect rosy life isn’t possible and probably isn’t the ideal either and yet we try to provide that for our children; to their detriment. Let’s start […]

Do you want a quick fix to help behavior? Try this!  Be curious! How does this work?  Ask a lot of questions; in your head and out loud. Most behavior problems are learning opportunities so it will help minimize anger, frustration and short fuses if you start asking questions and start being curious. Here’s a […]

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about how to raise a grateful child. Or how to not raise an entitled child. Is this even possible if you have family that shower them with gifts all of the time?  Is this realistic when their friends get everything they ask for and more? Does your child whine […]

Picture this: Your toddler just chased after your cat and then full-on hit your cat with her toy. Or: Your 4 and a half-year old just went up to his baby sister and pulled her hair. Or: You walk in on your 3-year-old twins with everything in the kitchen thrown everywhere. Your first response? “Why […]

I’m going to cut to the chase and give you the three steps to better behavior right now.  Before you do any thing (go to the grocery store, get ready for bed, go to a friend’s house, etc) tell your kids: What it is going to look like What are the expectations What will happen […]