3 Ways to Stop a Toddler Tantrum

3 Ways to Stop a Toddler Tantrum

You’ll probably never completely avoid the toddler meltdown scenario, (if you do, myself and every other mom on earth wants to know your secret!) but there are ways to keep them as short and civil as possible. Today, I’ve got a few tips for helping to settle your little one when they start to go off the rails. Are you frustrated (and sometimes embarrassed) by your child’s tantrums and outbursts… whining and fighting… or other “bad” behavior? Does your house… Continue Reading

What to do When Your Child Won’t Eat

What to do When Your Child Won’t Eat

There aren’t many parenting challenges that cause more concern, conflict, and sheer frustration than a child who won’t eat. Attempts to balance your youngster’s need for proper nutrition with their finicky tastes can drive you to the brink of insanity. Take heart! Today’s video has some straightforward, effective tips to help end the battle at the dinner table. Also, if you are are looking for a way to get your toddler to eat new and healthy foods, check out The… Continue Reading

Switching to a Big Kid Bed

Switching to a Big Kid Bed

Sooner or later, the time is going to come to move your toddler out of the crib and into a “big kid” bed. It can be an exciting time for your little one, but it can also cause some regression and disturbance in their sleep. In today’s video, I have some tips to help you determine whether now is a good time to make the switch, and if it is, how to do it smoothly and minimize the impact on… Continue Reading

What to do When Your Baby Wakes in the Night

You could ask ten different people what the “right” response is when your baby wakes up at night, and you would likely get ten different answers. Let them cry, go in immediately, rock them, nurse them, change their diaper. Every parent has a response that they view as the best approach. Any one of these approaches might help your baby quiet down and get back to sleep for a while, but if you want to help them learn to settle… Continue Reading

How to Prevent Early Morning Wake Ups

How to Prevent Early Morning Wake Ups

There’s a common line I hear from parents who have completed the Sleep Sense Program when I follow up with them a few weeks after their little one starts sleeping through the night. It goes something like this… “We’re so relieved to finally be getting some sleep again! We still have an issue with him waking up at 5:00 in the morning, but compared to what we were dealing with, we’re not complaining!” And while it’s great that your baby… Continue Reading

The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Heard

The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Heard

Today, I want to share a very succinct, very simple, and very important bit of parenting advice I got from an unlikely source when my first child was a toddler. Are you tired of butting heads with your little ones? Looking for a better way of resolving conflict with them? I’ve got just the thing! Kids:The Manual is filled with simple, step-by-step solutions to the problems that parents face with their children’s behavior. End the frustration for both you and… Continue Reading

Why is my Baby Taking Such Short Naps?

Why is my Baby Taking Such Short Naps?

One of the most common concerns I hear from parents, especially of younger babies, is that their little ones will go down for naps with no fussing or protest, only to wake up half an hour later, clearly still tired, but refusing to go back to sleep. There’s actually a simple explanation for why this happens, why it’s always around the same time, and some straightforward ways to solve the problem, and I’ll go through the whole works in today’s… Continue Reading

Staying on Track When Baby Gets Sick

Staying on Track When Baby Gets Sick

There’s no avoiding the fact that your kids are going to get sick from time to time, and when they do, it can derail the progress you’ve made with their sleep pretty quickly. In today’s video, I’ll list a few of the common mistakes parents make when their little one gets a bug, and how to provide the extra comfort and attention they need without backtracking on their hard-earned sleep skills. If your baby, infant or toddler is having trouble… Continue Reading

Getting Your Child Out of Your Bed

Getting Your Child Out of Your Bed

When I was pregnant for the first time, I had visions of my husband, my baby, and I all sleeping peacefully in the same bed. All three of us, together and safe, as a family, straight through the night. That lasted about a week before I realized that my baby didn’t know basic bed etiquette, like not kicking people in the face while they’re lying next to you, and not pulling mommy’s hair while she’s having a wonderful dream. But… Continue Reading

Changing Behavior

Changing Behavior

I think it’s safe to say that, no matter how great our kids might be, there’s always going to be some bad habit or behavior that you, as the parent, are going to want to prevent. But as we all know, breaking a bad habit isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. Many people go through life without ever altering their own self-destructive behaviors, so it’s obviously quite a challenge to convince a toddler to stop whining for candy or… Continue Reading

The Power of Choice

The Power of Choice

The toddler years are a bit of a mixed blessing, to put it mildly. On the one hand, your child is undergoing some amazing intellectual, social, and emotional changes, which are really wonderful to watch. But they also start to realize that they have some authority over themselves, and they tend to do a lot of testing to see what they can and can’t get away with. Giving your toddler some decisions to make will allow them to feel some… Continue Reading

The Benefits of an Early Bedtime

The Benefits of an Early Bedtime

There are plenty of reasons why you might not be able to put your baby to bed at 7:00 at night, but the most common reason I hear from parents whose little ones have a late bedtime is that they just aren’t tired by then. Instead, they tend to be very energetic and super-adorable up until a couple of hours past that, then seem to fight sleep once they’re put into their crib. In today’s video, I want to explain… Continue Reading

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