Behavior

Gratitude

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 […]

question

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 […]

better

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 […]

take care

This is your new mantra: ‘We take care of each other.’ This isn’t just for parents with more than one child because parents of only children can benefit from this phrase as well. Wondering how to keep your kids from hitting each other? We take care of each other Wondering how to get your child […]

perfect

As soon as people find out that I’m a parent coach, the air around us changes.  There’s this expectation that my children are perfect children.  Why is this career the only one where this is assumed?  Do mechanics drive cars that break down?  Do doctors get colds and other illnesses?  Do the people at smartphone […]

reading

So hopefully, at some point you have built story time into your day or into your nighttime routine.  If not, you can start at anytime.  It felt really weird reading to my infants who couldn’t even keep their head up (why in the world would they have interest in a book that they can’t see, […]

defiant

As very young children get older, they start to become more independent.  But there are two things working against that independence. 1) They don’t fully understand all the implications of independence, (i.e. responsibility, safety and sometimes independence is scary) 2) We aren’t always ready to give them independence because they are still our babies. Because […]

emotion

My favorite word is “overwhelmed” and I use it all the time. I think it does two things: It really sums up parenthood It teaches kids about emotions and empathy I see parents trying to hide their emotions all the time.  I see mom’s apologizing for crying when there is nothing wrong for using tears […]

little-tree

Oh my goodness. If you haven’t seen this book yet, go check it out. The Little Tree by Loren Long is about a tree that wants to hold on to its leaves. There are a lot of things that we want to hold on to and it shows up in our bodies in a not […]