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Bossy Kids

Bossy kids Do you know that this can actually be a good thing? Yep! Kids who show bossy behavior are in a great place to advocate for their needs and wants. They can even stand up for other kids. The trick to making this work, is to teach them...

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Importance of Sleep
Importance of Sleep

Why Sleep is so Important for Your School-Aged Child Sleep is something most parents wish they got enough of. But what about our kids? Are they sleeping enough? Chances are that they aren’t. Most kids go to bed much later than they should and...

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Coping Toolbox
Coping Toolbox

Jen thought it couldn’t be done. She thought her daughter was destined to always have conflict with others because she couldn’t control her emotions. And at home? Wow, it was even worse. When things didn’t go her way, watch out!...

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Incentives are a MUST!
Incentives are a MUST!

I have met countless people over the years who frown upon incentives being used to get children to behave well. Children are being bribed for doing what they should do anyway. “Children should automatically behave and respect their elders”, they...

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How to Use Consequences
How to Use Consequences

“She doesn’t care!” That was the main problem presented to me by one of my clients. We’ll call her Jane. “When I speak, she doesn’t care. It’s like talking to a wall unless I’m up close and yelling. That’s when she finally does what I ask her to...

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Communication Fun! Come Play…
Communication Fun! Come Play…

Argh….it can be frustrating and heart-wrenching at all the same time when kids are defiant. We love them so much and want the best for them. “Why won’t they just calm down and listen to me??” I write those words from first hand...

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It’s OK to Cry, BUT…
It’s OK to Cry, BUT…

It’s totally OK to cry and show emotions. BUT… What isn’t OK is when those emotions turn into unsafe and destructive behaviors. Admit it, we all have emotions and we all cry from time to time. It could be due to sadness...

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Emotional Regulation
Emotional Regulation

What exactly is emotional regulation? Simply stated, it is when one is able to regulate or stabilize their emotions. In other words: to remain calm enough to make positive choices. As adults we have to regulate automatically throughout the day...

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Not Listening
Not Listening

For good reason, we as parents are warned about the teenage years. For the purposes of this article, I’m putting you all on alert to the teenage years AND to the toddler years (for my boys it was age three)! All the ages in between apply...

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Defiant Kids
Defiant Kids

Just about everyone who has kids or who comes into contact with kids could tell a story or two about defiance. Sometimes these stories make us laugh, sometimes they make us angry; but mostly I see adults becoming frustrated when a child is being...

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