Positive Parenting

It will get better. Things will improve.   But it WILL get worse before it gets better. I was saying this to a couple of parents just about a month ago.  Not about a virus but about behavior and sleeping.   “Things will improve, but they will get worse first.” Those were my parenting words but they […]

These three words are a great tool to use if you have a four year old or older. What’s the plan? When you use these three words, you are opening up a dialogue with your child and moving towards better understanding of their behavior.   This also helps with teaching empathy as well as problem solving […]

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 […]

Every single night is the same thing.  Fussing, crying, no sleeping and frustration up the wooha. Is there any way out of this cycle? Yes! Here are some steps to bedtime peace: Be consistent with your schedule Create a routine Problem solve Get dad involved Unplug Let’s start with being consistent with your schedule: You’ve […]

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 […]

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 […]