This post is not about diagnosing your child’s symptoms, but rather, making those inevitable sick days work for you – not against you, as a parent. When your child is sick, there is an opportunity to really make an impact on developing the relationship. When my girls were young, I actually kind of liked it … Continue reading 2 Tips for Parenting to Make Sick-Child Care Easier
Does Parenting Education (Classes, Coaching, Love and Logic, etc…) Help Parents of Teenagers? I had a client who was a mother of a rebellious teenager. The mother’s words were “he does not respect me.” Mom was concerned that it was too late for her relationship with her son and that Love and Logic® strategies were only … Continue reading Styles of Parenting – Is it ever too late to change your parenting style?
I had a parent email me this week with this situation: “We have run into something knew with our 5 year old. Lately when we ask her to do something, she replies with something like “I will not” or “I never will.” Usually she is kidding. She will say it with a smile on her … Continue reading Responding to Disrespect from your Child
I spoke with a parent the other day; she said something profound: “I play with my 2 ½ year old daughter but I feel like I am missing something, our play does not help our relationship.” Here is a great tool to help you connect with your child on a deeper level: P.R.I.D.E. skills open … Continue reading How to Use PRIDE Parenting Skills to Develop a Deeper Relationship with Your Child.
At what age should a child have a cell phone? This is a hard question because it is not just about the function of a cell phone; it also has to do with peer pressure. I suggest allowing a cell phone when the child can participate in the cost of it. That way, when they … Continue reading How young is too young for a cell phone?
Knowing your natural parenting style is important so that you can adjust your natural responses to line up with how you want to parent. We are all surprised when what comes out of our mouth is exactly what our mother or father said. If you are like me, I love my mother but there are … Continue reading What Type of Parent Are You?
As parents our lives seem to be focused by the school calendar. Although I was always very happy for my three daughters to be with me all summer in June, oh the freedom of the summer by about August 20th or so I was ready for the routine of the school year. So, that routine is … Continue reading The school year is coming!
What happens about 3 weeks after you apply a new parenting strategy? The “Last Kick.” Here’s the series: Your child had a difficult time at first with the new responsibility but then obeyed, i.e. stayed in their room for “time out” etc. But then about 3 weeks later…the behavior is back with a vengeance. This … Continue reading The Last Kick in Love and Logic
Today I taught a class and a parent shared about how well a typical parenting moment went when he applied his new tools of Love and Logic. As he described getting his son up and dressed for the day, he said “I didn’t do it my old way…you know tell him to up, hurry up … Continue reading Love and Logic Choices