Reining In A Runaway Preschooler

Reining In A Runaway Preschooler

Help! Every time we walk to the park, my adventurous three-year-old bolts away from me. When I ask her to come back, she just ignores me. When I yell, she laughs in my face. The other day I totally lost it and screamed that we are never going to the park again. It’s been a week and we are both going stir crazy, but I am terrified to try again. How do I help her understand how dangerous this is and get her to stay with me?

Video: Family Meetings

Video: Family Meetings

This week on King 5 News, I shared how to have regular family meetings.

If you are interested in having family meetings in your own home, I recommend reading Family Meetings: Your Most Powerful Parenting Tool before getting started.

Video: What To Do When Kids Play Favorites

Video: What To Do When Kids Play Favorites

This week on King 5 News, I shared tips on how to move through those stages when children show a preference from one parent over another. 

For more tips on this topic, check out the blog post Daddy Do It! What To Do When Kids Play Favorites.

Sick of Nagging? Try Less Talk, More Action

Sick of Nagging? Try Less Talk, More Action

Can you imagine if your partner said, "put on your shoes" ten times before you left the house? Is there any reason to listen to the first nine times? By the tenth time, you might be ready to throw your shoes out the door and tell your partner to go by themselves!

And yet, with our kids, we yell orders from the other room and wonder why our demands are not met. We repeat them again and again, ramping up our own anger and frustration.

They ignore us and we keep demanding.

Video: Getting Out The Door With Kids

Video: Getting Out The Door With Kids

This week I spoke with King 5 News about how to help kids manage their routine and get out the door on time.

For more tips on this topic, check out the blog post How To Get Out The Door With Kids.

What You Need To Know About Early Discipline

What You Need To Know About Early Discipline

You survived the newborn days, and life with baby is rolling along smoothly. They are full of belly laughs, find delight in just about everything, and their biggest complaints are easily whisked away with a clean diaper, a snuggle, and some milk. As you push your easy-going babe in the swing at the park, you notice the toddler hitting her mom and think, “Wow, what’s wrong with that devil child? Glad it’s not mine.”

3 Must Have Routines For Summer Sanity

3 Must Have Routines For Summer Sanity

School’s Out For Summer

During the hectic pace of the school year, many of us parents long for summer. We work hard to keep life on track, and daydream of the long summer days where we can ease up on the structure the school year brings.

Help Your Child Create A Healthy Relationship with Treats

Help Your Child Create A Healthy Relationship with Treats

Behold The Power of Treats!  "Can I have some ice cream?" "I want another piece of cake!" Sound familiar? Kids seem to want them. All of the time. And, of course they do! We often have made it the source of all happiness and the forbidden fruit at the same time. All of life’s big events seem to have them.

The Family Meeting That Blew My Mind

The Family Meeting That Blew My Mind

Family meetings have been a lifesaver in our home. We have solved challenges around homework, bedtime, mornings, dinners; you name it. After all these years, it’s not just the kids that are learning. One specific family meeting showed me just how powerful they can be.

How To Get Out The Door With Kids!

How To Get Out The Door With Kids!

Help! Our four year old is turning mornings into a three-ring circus. She thinks getting ready is a game and as soon as we start, she runs away. It’s one thing when she does it with me, but now she is starting to turn on the antics with our nanny. Our family has put many of your bedtime tips in to practice and I would like to figure out how the nanny and I can use them in the morning as well. Can you help us stop the circus?

Whose Homework Is It?

Whose Homework Is It?

What's the definition of homework? An eight letter word that can make almost everyone cringe, adults and kids alike. One of the most common complaints I hear from parents of school age children is that frequent homework battles are driving them nuts!

Family Meetings: Your Most Powerful Parenting Tool

Family Meetings: Your Most Powerful Parenting Tool

How many of you feel confident in the workplace only to melt in to a pile of frustration and fear when it comes to parenting? Why do high functioning managers who lead successful teams come home and turn into autocrats or doormats with their children?