Positive Parenting

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]