Positive Parenting

co sleep

I just read another article discussing co-sleeping versus sleep training and after reading the scathing comments afterwards it really feels like parenting is becoming as polarizing as politics. There are families where co-sleeping is definitely the right decisions  and there are families where sleep training is definitely the right decision and there are even many […]

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 […]

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Problem solving skills are useful for a variety of reasons and can be brought out in any situation.  If bedtime isn’t working for you, your spouse, your children or your neighbor upstairs, then bring out your problem solving skills! First: what are the steps to problem solving? Name the problem Come up with some solutions […]

goat cheese

I made this with my students at school and they loved it too- so it is kid-tested by many picky eaters. The secret: honey! I made step-by-step cards for my students and the boys used those so if you have a bit of extra time to make cards that show each step then you will […]

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 […]

twos

Even if you don’t have kids or ever thought of having kids, you have still heard of the “terrible twos” which has now expanded into the “threenager” and the “F- you fours”.    I love all of these descriptions because it really helps parents navigate these ages and it says, “You are not alone.”  “These […]

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 […]