Behavior

travel

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 […]

owlbabies

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 […]

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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 […]

be curious

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 […]

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, […]