No one likes to do something that they don’t want to do, and that goes for our toddlers as well.
You don’t like to pay bills, schedule another doctor’s appointment, run to the grocery store, or prep dinner, but you do it anyway, without a fuss, without a tantrum…. Well, at least sometimes.
Our toddlers, they’re a different story.
There are a lot of things that they don’t like but they need to do it anyway: going potty, getting dressed, cleaning up toys, heading inside for the night.
And when they don’t like something but need to do it anyway, this is when you’ll likely see that full-blown tantrum. They’re not as good as you at controlling their emotions.
Maybe she’s rushing to the bathroom a little while later because she has to go. Maybe she suddenly has some pee pee dribbles in her underwear.
And you're thinking, what gives? You had this whole potty training thing down months ago.
If you ask me, “What gives?” is a great question.
Why is your child suddenly doing this, and what can you do about it? That’s what I’ll be answering today.
Let’s head to the show.
If you have a two-year-old, three-year-old, or four-year-old, you may have noticed the nasty “no” word coming out of your sweet toddler's mouth maybe a little too often.
It’s not super surprising. Your toddler is growing in independence, being in control is something she’s aiming for, and she’s learning that her behavior - her response - can be used for her good.
Your child saying this may absolutely drive you mad, but it doesn’t have to.
Let’s go to the show.
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.
You’re not the only parent who...
Summer is coming to an end and it’s about time to send your toddler back to preschool - or maybe to preschool for the first time.
I’ve really, really enjoyed the extra time with my kids at home this summer, much more than I was anticipating, so sending my oldest back to preschool will be a bit of an adjustment for the first month or so.
Let’s head to the show.
A concept about parenting that I’ve really been focusing on with the parents that I coach is the idea of you being the expert of your own child. And not only that, but you being the BEST expert of your own child.
Maybe you’ve never thought about it. Maybe your gut reaction is that no, you don’t feel like the expert of your own child. Maybe you have a lot of questions, a lot of doubt, a lot of uncertainty surrounding how you’re parenting or the decisions you make regarding your child.
Maybe it’s a little too easy for you to see the areas where you feel that you’re struggling in your parenting, and it’s a little too hard to see the areas where you’re thriving, where you are, indeed, the expert of your child.
I love developing this thought with moms and specifically to help you to hone in on your own parenting...
My 2- and 4-year old really love to go to the library, and one of the big problems that comes up for my kids is who is going to push the button to automatically open the door when we walk in and walk out.
It can be a battle, and if I don’t use the right strategies, there will for sure be a loud tantrum in the quiet library.
The strategy is incredibly easy, and it can be applied in a lot of different situations to save you headache and heartache and give your kiddos the support that they may need.
Now on to my tried-and-true strategy. Let’s head to the show.
I asked this very question to my husband, and that’s what I want to share with you today.
Plus, I want to let you in on the reasons that this strategy is his favorite strategy, to really let you see that parenting doesn’t have to be hard, using good parenting strategies can be effective, and that you can actually enjoy your parenting.
Let’s get right to it. Let’s head to the show.
Parenting doesn’t have to be hard, using good parenting strategies can be...
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.