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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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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Pay Now or Pay Later
Pay Now or Pay Later

When Will You Pay? Pay now or pay later – Its your choice! Life is full of choices and If you choose to follow my advice, you will “pay now” as you parent your children. And despite how it sounds, be happy if your...

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ADHD…OR IS IT?
ADHD…OR IS IT?

  By now, if you’ve been following my blog posts for any length of time, you are well aware that I specialize in working with ittybitty children. Often. I get referrals something along the lines of this…. “Little Johnny”– 3 years old...

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Tantrums
Tantrums

Technically speaking tantrums are dealt with the moment a baby is born. We don’t think of it that way because  they don’t have any other way of telling us what’s wrong other than crying for hours, but that’s what it is. When they start with their...

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Independence
Independence

We all want our little ones to depend on us as much as they can. There is a certain sense of both needing to be wanted and wanting to be needed as a parent. When you add to that the problem of just never wanting them to grow up because they are...

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Missing Sleep or Misbehaving?
Missing Sleep or Misbehaving?

Missing Sleep or Misbehaving: Which One is it? Far too often, the importance of a good night’s sleep is overlooked in preschool aged children when behaviors are involved.  Did you know that 11-13 hours of sleep are recommended each night for...

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Time-Out Troubles?
Time-Out Troubles?

Time-Out Troubles?  How many times have you tried to put your child in time out and found yourself saying “This just doesn’t work for us!!”  I don’t propose that I have a magic plan to make time out work for you and your child, but I do want to...

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Banish Biting Behaviors
Banish Biting Behaviors

 What can be done about kids who bite? I once worked with a 22 month old who was referred for biting others at daycare. The parents were very distressed that their child was being labeled as “the problem child” and, understandably, other parents...

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