The Parenting Clubhouse Podcast Episode 142: Providing Choices: What To Do When It All Goes Wrong

What to do when you deliver a choice to your child, you’re banking that it’ll take care of all of that whining and toddler tantrum in that moment, and then flop: it all goes wrong. Or at least it seems that it all goes wrong. 

As I always say, we can use all of the best parenting strategies out there but our kids are still kids, they’re human, we’re human, and the strategies aren’t going to work 100% of the time. 

Don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe that strategies like providing choices are incredible and powerful and can have such a positive effect within your parenting, but the strategy may not work each and every time. This is normal and this is to be expected. That’s why it’s important to have an arsenal of good parenting strategies.

So today on the show I want to walk you through how to handle a situation that seems to go completely wrong when using the strategy of providing choice and how you can turn it around so that the strategy can still work for you. 

Situations aren’t always perfect, but we can get better at picking up these pieces and putting them together in a way that they will fit, and that will save you a lot of headache and heartache in the long run.  

Alright, on to providing choices. Let’s go to the show.


  • Laura Lynn reviews how to use the strategy of providing choice effectively;
  • She explains how a toddler may respond imperfectly to the strategy, which the parenting textbook doesn’t cover; and 
  • She shares how you can respond to your child when he or she doesn’t respond to the strategy perfectly and still get the strategy to work for you.


Regardless of what strategy you’re using that seems to not work or seems to all go wrong, you’re not alone and there are ways to get these strategies to work for you, we just have to be open to learning the strategies and being flexible in the moment. I’ll help you through it. Schedule a free 30-minute call with me at and I’ll walk you through whatever situation you’re having with your toddler that makes you feel like you’ve been eaten alive so that you can see how a situation can get better and actually have the tools to do it. 

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