We’ve Trained Our Kids Not To Listen

When I’m working with parents of teens or toddlers I hear the same thing over and over again. “My Kids Just Don’t Listen!” I feel your pain. I’ve got two kids of my own. One of them only seems to hear the “Da-da-da – Da-da-da” of his ESPN Sports Center app. A few weeks ago I got an e-mail from a…


Taming the Transitions

Transitions. It’s not only toddlers and young children who struggle with transitions. It’s adults as well. It can be very challenging when we rush home from work, only to find that we are stressed-out, still stuck at work in our mind, but our body is walking through the door, and we are being…


Brownies or Chocolate Chip Cookies? You Guys Decide.

If you have more than one kid, you probably have sibling issues. Parents ask me all the time, how do we help create a loving, lasting relationship between siblings. My answer: “Brownies or chocolate chip cookies. You guys decide.” What we want to do as parents is to create positive interactions…


Help Your Kids by Helping Less

I know you want to help your kids have a great school year. But are you helping too much? Do your best intentions get in the way of your kids learning to take responsibility? Take this quick quiz and find out! 1. When my son leaves his lunch at home I: A. Freak out, worry he’ll go hungry and…


It’s GO TIME!

The final school bell will ring. Kids will jump for joy. And you, well, you’ll be thinking about survival. I remember dreading summertime. I turned into full-time fun mom. Planning activities, lugging kids to the pool, making sandwiches and snacks and more snacks and then dinner. It was exhausting.…


Do You Give Your Spouse the Evil Eye?

I don’t know about you, but my husband and I entered into parenthood with different backgrounds and expectations. I’ve kicked him under the table or given him the evil eye plenty of times when I didn’t like how he was handling the kids. What happens when parenting styles are different? In an ideal…


GOT KIDS THAT LEAVE YOU SPEECHLESS?

Do you ever wonder what happened to your brain cells since you’ve had kids? Are you amazed at how often your kids leave you dumbstruck? I know all about it…I’ve got two kids at home. They argue about things that are completely absurd (like who is stuck with more broccoli on their plate) in an…


Do you have to REPEAT yourself?

YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Most kids are talented non-listeners. Why? First of all they don’t want to do the ‘boring’ stuff you tell them to do. Video games or legos are waaay more fun. And secondly, they know you’ll end up doing whatever it is you asked of them. How do they know? Expereince has taught…


Try A New Trick.

I’ll bet that you’re a pretty predictable parent. Your kids know what to expect. Here’s a little trick to change things up… It’s pretty easy and a whole lot of fun. Use a little ‘magic’ to turn your NO into a YES. Here are some examples: Can I go out to play? Yes! As soon as your homework is…