Are you into the whole idea of picking a word for the year?
If you are, at the beginning of January you probably chose a word to help you align yourself to who you want to be - or at least working towards being - for the new year.
I’m not super into this trend or idea like other people are but for the past two years I did choose a word to focus on at least temporarily.
The word that I chose for 2022 is BRAVE because, at the time when I chose the word, I needed to be grounded in the concept of bravery, and I felt the nudge to be brave in all areas of life, in my marriage, in my personal life, in my business, and in parenting.
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Take a couple of days and really think about that.
Think about the things that bother you, the things that keep popping up into your head, the irritations that drive you mad that are on repeat. What would happen if you started addressing those things in a positive way?
My thought is that when you begin tackling some of the things that are bothering you, when you begin to improve your personal self and your own life, then you may see positive changes in your child’s behavior. I’ll explain why in the show.
Even when your toddler is whining… Even when your toddler is having a tantrum… Even when you’re trying to do 30 billion things at once AND deal with the kids who aren’t sharing or taking turns…
You can find ease and joy and peace in your parenting… EVEN when you’ve got littles at home… Even if they do behaviors that drive you nuts… Even if you currently feel stretched thin.
But how is that possible, you may ask.
There is a truth to your child’s behavior that you have to keep in mind when you’re in the thick of it, when you’re dealing with the messy house, when you’re again dealing with that typical toddler tantrum.
I’m here to empower you in your own parenting, so let’s do that today. Let’s go to the show.
What do you do when you’re dealing with the same behavior in the same situation day after day after day?
When you’ve got these recurring behavior episodes, even if they seem to be pretty mild situations, it can be so easy for your brain to land in the trap of negativity and feelings of loneliness.
So what do you do? What do you do when you have negative behavior on repeat? This is what we’ll be talking about in today’s episode.
Now it’s time to take back some control. Let’s go to the show.
Today’s episode is all about the blame game that we mamas play. Yep, I'm including myself as a participant in this blame game bucket.
Let’s go to the show.
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If your child’s behavior isn’t the problem, then what do you think IS the problem?
Today I’m putting on my sassy pants for a little bit - which I rarely do - but I do it for a good reason.
Alright, the sassy pants are coming on. I hope you enjoy. Let’s go to the show.
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Maybe her brother took away the toy that she was playing with. Maybe you told her that she can’t have a snack right now. Maybe you’re making her go inside from outside playtime.
What’s really going on is that your child is responding to some irritating thing with sounds instead of words.
Is this normal? And what can you do about it? That’s what I’ll be talking about in today’s episode.
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This season of life - dealing with the terrible twos, struggling with the trying 3s, toddlerhood - can feel so exhausting, so draining, and so frustrating.
If you feel like you have to hide out in the pantry to make a phone call or sneak away to your bathroom just to catch a break, this episode is for you.
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One of the practical ways that you can do this and achieve that success in your parenting and with your toddler’s behavior is through the strategy of choice. Simply providing choices to your toddler.
I’ve talked about this strategy before but today on the show I want to show you how you can use this strategy to work for you and with your own preferences in mind. These strategies are like your best friend. They’re on your side and they have your back. If you feel like these parenting strategies are out to get you or make your life worse, keep listening to the episode.
Alright, now onto the power of choice. Let’s head to the show.
You’re left feeling, “uh, what the heck just happened?!”
These types of moments are not too surprising with our still-developing toddlers, and if we can understand this toddler behavior with a developmental lens, parenting becomes a heck of a lot easier, so much less irritating, and much more enjoyable for us.
But maybe you’re still left questioning yourself: what on earth do I do in this situation? How should I handle the “I want help but I actually don’t want help” scenario?
My main advice here: direct and clear communication is key.
Let’s talk about that now. Let’s head to the...