When Should I Nighttime Potty Train?

Potty training your child when they’re awake during the day is a challenge in its own right, but getting them to use the bathroom when they wake up in the night is a different story altogether. It can be a bit confusing to know how to proceed in this stage. We don’t want to encourage our little ones to go … Read More

The Importance of Consequences

There comes a point in every child’s development where they start to test their boundaries. Whether it’s around bedtime, food, playing well with others, or dozens of other scenarios where they’re expected to act a certain way, chances are they’re going to take a chance to see what happens if they don’t do what they’re told. The good news is … Read More

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 … Read More

Sleep Myths

One of the great things about parenting is that, due to the fact that so many people have raised kids of their own, there is an endless amount of information available about it. Which is also one of the worst thing about it. Whether you ask for it or not, people are always happy to share their extensive knowledge about … Read More

What Does “Cry-it-Out” Really Mean?

We hear the term “cry-it-out” a lot when it comes to sleep training, and it doesn’t always have the nicest connotation. Many new parents tend to think it involves placing their newborn in the crib, closing the door, and leaving their precious new baby alone until 7:00 rolls around. For anyone under this impression, I can happily tell you that … Read More

The Problem With Praise

Every parent nowadays knows the value of encouragement and positive reinforcement when it comes to their kids. When they show good judgement, display good manners, or generally do the things we would like to see more of, we tell them how proud we are of them and what a good job they just did. It’s common sense, right? Reward the … Read More

Restoring the Mom/Self Balance

Once we have kids, we tend to lose sight of the fact that we’re more than just mothers. It’s not hard to understand why, obviously. We’re suddenly responsible for the care and well-being of a new life, so we naturally identify ourselves as “The Mom” from then on. But it’s important to remember that we’re also individuals, and that we … Read More

Sleep Training as a Single Parent

I doubt there’s any job out there that’s tougher than that of a single parent. Raising a little one is hard enough when you’re doing it with a partner, but to do it on your own is downright heroic. But quite often I hear from single parents who feel that they’re unable to teach their babies to sleep well because … Read More

Preventing Toddler Tantrums

It doesn’t take much to send a toddler into a fit, and once they’ve decided that they’re going to have a meltdown, it’s pretty tough to reason them out of it. But if you’re quick and crafty, you actually can stop your little one from descending into full-blown hysteria. All it takes is an eye for the warning signs, and … Read More

How to Get Your Husband Involved

We’ve come a long way since the days when Mom was expected to handle all the child-related responsibilities in the family, but there still seems to be an assumption in a lot of families I work with that she’s supposed to handle bedtime, as well as any nighttime wake-ups. Today, I’m talking about why having both parents dividing the nighttime … Read More