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?

She Started It! What To Do When The Kids Fight

She Started It! What To Do When The Kids Fight

Got siblings? If you do, I bet you can imagine yourself in the backseat of the car in a heartbeat, remembering the injustice of your brother hogging more of the center armrest. Or was it your sister that always jumped in the front seat before you got to the car. Maybe it was the time your dad pulled over, turned around and said, “Knock it off or I am turning this car around right now!” Takes you right back, doesn’t it? Take a deep breath; it’s okay, you are in the driver’s seat now. But the ride may still be annoying thanks to your own band of munchkins screaming in the back seat.

Video: Hot Tips For A Happy Halloween

Video: Hot Tips For A Happy Halloween

This week I spoke with Mimi Jung & Jake Whittenberg from King 5 News about tips for a happy halloween for the whole family. For more tips on this topic, check out 5 Switch Witch Alternatives for a Happy Halloween and Keep Halloween Happy By Planning Ahead.

Video: Talking To Kids About The Las Vegas Shooting

Video: Talking To Kids About The Las Vegas Shooting

Last week I spoke with Mimi Jung from King 5 News about how parents can talk to their children about the Las Vegas shooting and other violent events. For more tips on this topic, check out Talking To Kids About Violence & Terror.

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.

Questions & Answers About Infant Mental Health

Questions & Answers About Infant Mental Health

For generations, babies were thought of as adorable, moldable lumps of clay that were there to be cared for and loved until they were old enough to be useful or interesting. Without language to tell us what they think or feel about the world around them, it can still be easy to disregard the amazing development that infants are undertaking in the first year of life.

How To Talk To Kids About Violence & Terror

How To Talk To Kids About Violence & Terror

As parents, we are rarely at a loss for words. We delight in sharing the knowledge we have gathered over a lifetime, and find joy in teaching our children to navigate their world. Yes, there are topics we may feel uncomfortable talking about, like sex and drugs; but we find a way, and with time, can talk about them with greater ease. As the news of school shootings, terror attacks and random violence occur with greater frequency, we find ourselves in the position of having to explain the unfathomable.

Why You SHOULD Talk To Your Kids About Death

Why You SHOULD Talk To Your Kids About Death

As a parent educator, I rarely use the word should. Matter of fact, I cringe at the idea of giving parents one more SHOULD; almost as much as many parents cringe at the idea of talking to their kids about death. After a spate of violence and random death in Seattle, I realized how few parents discuss the topic of death with their children before they are forced to. This is where the SHOULD comes in. We should because it will help our children and ourselves move through the pain of loss just a little bit easier. For those of us who have lost loved ones, even the tiniest bit easier is worth it.

Keep Halloween Happy by Planning Ahead!

Keep Halloween Happy by Planning Ahead!

Halloween is on the way! Have you made a plan with your children for helping them celebrate without turning in to monsters? Often our best parenting comes when we think ahead and involve our children in the discussion. Here's three tips to help your family enjoy the day:

A Parenting Recipe For Raising Healthy Eaters

A Parenting Recipe For Raising Healthy Eaters

“What’s for dinner?” “Ugh, I hate green beans!” “Can I have dessert yet?” “I’m not hungry (but I will be as soon as you clear the table)”…the list of mealtime complaints can go on and on. Not to mention the mayhem that may ensue before your little one can even talk. Not many parents can forget the frustration of thrown food, the mess of the yogurt in the hair, or the game of “watch mommy pick up my bagel over and over again.”

The Bedtime Dance

The Bedtime Dance

We all know the drill. It’s been a long day, everyone is tired and it’s time for the kids to go to bed. Every step of the process feels like herding cats. Once there is more than one child in the home, the steps to this dance become even more complex. It makes tired parents want to hop up on a horse and lasso those kiddos right in to bed!