Why is my Baby Waking Up Grouchy

As adults, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of waking up from a long, well-earned sleep. Especially if you wake up on your own and not to the sound of an alarm clock. For some babies though, that sense of rejuvenation and satisfaction doesn’t seem to show up after a long sleep or a solid nap. Quite often, babies will … 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

Why is my Toddler Being Aggressive?

Toddlers have the ability to melt our hearts with their vulnerability, innocence, and abounding cuteness. And that can make it all the more confusing when they suddenly start to hit, shove, or bite. Aggressive behavior in toddlers is completely normal, as every parent knows, but that doesn’t mean that it should be permitted, or that you can’t take steps to … Read More

Teaching Your Children How to Treat You

Your kids are almost inevitably going to attempt to disrespect you at some point. It’s just part of growing up and testing their boundaries. How you react and what you allow will go a long way in determining your child’s behavior towards you and others in the future. With that in mind, I’ve got a few tips for you today … Read More

Managing Transitions

Toddlers are a sight to behold when they’re doing something they enjoy. They take an amazing amount of pleasure from some of the simplest things, whether it’s splashing around in the tub, playing peek-a-boo, or whatever activity they’ve gotten themselves into for the moment. The downside, of course, is that when it’s time to leave or change up whatever they’re … Read More

How to Help Your Kids Get Along

Siblings are going to have their differences and disagreements from time to time. It’s a natural part of growing up together. But that doesn’t make it any easier as a parent to listen to them arguing, or having to intervene in their disputes. In today’s video, I’ve got some tips that will help you enable your kids to find peaceful … Read More

Balancing Attention Between a Toddler and a New Baby

A new baby in the family can cause a lot of new feelings for a toddler. Suddenly having to share Mom’s attention with someone else is usually their first encounter with jealousy, and they can act on it in some unpredictable ways. Today, I’ll be talking about some effective ways to keep the peace after bringing home a newborn and … Read More

Should You Spank?

Before we dive into what’s always been a passionately debated issue, let’s just define what I’m talking about when I say “spanking.” For the purposes of this post, “spanking” refers to a light smack on the butt, meant only to correct behavior. I’m not talking about striking your child with genuine force with the intention of inflicting pain and/or fear. … Read More

Dealing With Sibling Rivalry

When you have multiple children, you’re going to experience some competition between them. This can manifest in a number of different ways, and the truth is, you’re never going to eliminate it. Sibling rivalry is just a fact of life when you have more than one child. Knowing how to deal with those situations is essential to minimizing the tears … Read More

What is the #1 Parenting Mistake You See People Making?

Given how many families I’ve worked with in my career, people often ask me, “What is the most common, most substantial mistake you see parents making?” The answer, without a doubt, is failing to explain and administer consequences. We can tell our kids to stop tearing around the house, get ready for bed, or clean up their rooms until we’re … Read More