Routines

Video: Must Have Routines For Summer Sanity

This week on King 5 News, I shared what routines parents should keep in place over summer.

For more tips on this topic, check out 3 Must Have Routines for Summer Sanity.

 
Parent Coach Sarina Natkin offers some tips to keep everybody sane during the summer time.
 

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.

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?

The Pleasure & Pain of Traveling with Kids

The Pleasure & Pain of Traveling with Kids

We approached the edge of the Grand Canyon slowly, eyes looking down at our feet and the ground immediately in front of us. When we got to the solid metal fence, we looked up and at once the grandeur and immensity of the canyon affected us. “Oh, my,” my six-year-old daughter called out. I glanced over at my nine-year-old son to see his mouth opened wide in wonder. My eyes filled with tears, not only at the beauty I was witnessing but at the real gift of sharing this moment with my children. This, I thought, is the reason we travel as a family. We are taken out of our everyday routine and get to have new experiences with those we love most in the world.

Should I Stay or Should I Go: Ending Drop-off Drama

Should I Stay or Should I Go: Ending Drop-off Drama

As each school year starts, I notice many parents struggling with how to handle morning drop offs. Children are often in tears; and parents, unsure of what to do, shift rapidly between both frustration and guilt.

Afternoon Delight: How Changing The Way You Come Home Can Change Your Family

Afternoon Delight: How Changing The Way You Come Home Can Change Your Family

We’ve all been there. It starts with the blissful moment of reuniting at school after being apart for the day. Hugs, smiles, news to share; and yet, the minute you get home it all seems to fall apart. No matter how much I psyched myself up for the afternoons, many days I wondered if we had some sort of toxin in the house that infused my kids with crankiness upon arrival home. Over the years working with families, I heard this same story over and over. Well, at least I wasn’t the only one.

Rise & Shine: Helping Your Snoozer Wake Up and Other Sleep Challenges

Rise & Shine: Helping Your Snoozer Wake Up and Other Sleep Challenges

Is there anything that stresses parents more than sleep problems? As if sleep challenges were not bad enough, now you have an overtired brain that is struggling to come up with solutions! Lucky for you, my own kids are sleeping well at the moment. Here are a few questions I frequently hear from parents, along with some tips to ease your sleeping woes.

Bedtime Whack-A-Mole

Bedtime Whack-A-Mole

Every parent dreads the nights where bedtime seems to last forever. We go through our bedtime routine, read books, snuggle, and say goodnight and within minutes they are back up. The list of bedtime requests can be seemingly endless, from a drink of water to a missing snuggle to a suddenly discovered splinter. I believe one time our daughter asked if we could make the birds stop chirping. Sometimes, you can even watch them ponder what they should ask for next.

Routine Charts: Banishing Breakfast Battles

Routine Charts: Banishing Breakfast Battles

Once upon a time, we were a well functioning team each morning. It was surprising, given that I was not and am still not a morning person. We had one child, and daddy delighted in helping our toddler kick off the day. We had a lovely routine chart that helped us move through getting dressed and brushing teeth. My part was to press snooze, imagining that somehow that extra seven minutes of sleep was going to make a difference. I was eternally grateful for my husband's willingness to take the lead in the morning so I could grumpily move from sleep to wakefulness and put on my happy face before joining them 15 minutes later. Our little one was free to choose what she wanted for breakfast when they arrived downstairs.