How to Be The Anchor -- 3 Essential Strategies

Imagine your child is like a boat on the waves. Sometimes they float gently, but often your child is tossed by the waves or even caught...

How Do I Respond to Emotional Age?

It’s so easy to just react out loud as our buttons get pushed, which can make the situation a lot worse for everyone. It’s hard to...

How to Minimize Power Struggles Over Vacation!

Make A Plan!! If you missed my last blog with Step 1 of your holiday plan, take a sec to check out 3 Parenting Power Tips To Get Through...

Are You Walking on Eggshells?

If you find yourself walking on eggshells around your kiddo, you’re not alone. I hear this often from parents. I also have quite the...

How Do I Get My Teen To Listen?

Self-Regulation Is Your Best Parenting Tool! When it comes to not listening, teenagers and three year olds - AKA three-nagers - have a...

You're Not Listening!

The crowded aisle was packed with people, shopping carts and boxes being unloaded, not to mention shelves at a child's eye level full of...

Who Do You See When You Look At Your Child?

It was another day, and another battle for Melissa with her 8 yr old son, Justin. All she was trying to do was make him a sandwich for...

Even Yelling Can Be No-Yell™ Parenting

I recently witnessed this incredible, human, resilience building interchange between my daughter and my nearly 3 yr old grandson and...

When Your Child Is In Charge...

When our children talk back, have an attitude or act like they’re the boss by being demanding or defiant, it’s tempting to want to prove...

The Magic of Emotional Age

My 22 yr old came home looking a bit down. I asked him how his day was and he answered, "It was alright" in a way that didn't sound very...

The Battleground of "Chores"

How did “chores” get to be such a battleground? Today I want to talk about chores, even though, I must admit, I have more questions than...

“Behavior As An SOS?” (Revisited for 2019)

I could see on Jennifer’s face how discouraged she felt as she told me about her ongoing struggles with her 4 year old son and 3 year old...

Let's Talk About Defiance

Your 15 year old tells you he did his homework when he didn’t. Your 8 year old starts yelling at you when you tell them it’s time to get...

Thanksgiving Survival Tips

And so the holiday ride begins... We all have parts of us that long for some ideal family holiday - the way we think it should be or the...

Helping Your Trans/GNC Kid Feel Safe

As I sit down to write this blog today, my heart is beating faster than it should be. It’s hard to concentrate and hard to breathe. I’m...

5 Strategies To "Fall Back" With Ease

It’s only two weeks until the clocks fall back. Now is the time to start setting yourself up for success! Re-setting the clock throws off...

Behavior As An SOS?

I got an email from a parent today about some challenges she’s having with her 4 year old son and almost 3 year old daughter. In her...

Cheese Stick or Time Out?

Today I’m thinking about how our kids WANT TO please us (despite appearances to the contrary sometimes!) Baby humans can’t survive on...

When They Won’t Listen - Try This!

Today I want to talk about how hard it is when your kiddo won’t listen to you, especially when you’re exhausted and at the end of your...