October 25, 2014

Winning the Whining Battle

whining child

It happens in the blink of an eye: one second I’m being asked a question to which I’ve had to answer “no”, and the next second I’m being subjected to one of the most exhausting sounds a parent can hear. What is that noise, a suffering animal? What kind of creature is making that pathetic and … [Read more...]

Just Say Yes! A Guide to Setting Limits with Kids


I think we can agree that children of all ages need limits. They need to know what to expect from us, and they need to know we mean what we say. But do we have to prove we mean what we say by being mean? Good news! We don’t. Say “No” by saying “Yes” Imagine for a moment your child has come to … [Read more...]

How to Help a Shy Child


I knew my oldest son was naturally shy when he was only 6 months old. I had gone back to work at my teaching job in a residential treatment center for teens and was so excited for the chance to bring my son to work with me for graduation. As a proud new mom, I was thrilled to death to show off my … [Read more...]

Simple Chores Teach Preschoolers Many Skills


Children as young as 18 months are able to help with simple chores around the house, but for preschoolers, hands-on helping is an opportunity to grow and learn. By giving their preschooler responsibilities and a chance to master new skills, parents are encouraging independence and building strong … [Read more...]

Turn Everyday Moments into Learning Opportunities


Preschoolers are busy, curious little people. Sometimes their incessant questions can drive a mom to madness, and it’s hard not to laugh and/or yell when you discover they put a stick of gum into the computer, “just to see what would happen.” You can satisfy your preschooler’s curiosity by turning … [Read more...]