6 Phrases for Successful Interactions with Your Child

6 Phrases for Successful Interactions with Your Child
"Why didn't I think of that?" frequently crosses the minds of parents watching other parents handle their children successfully in the grocery store, during a playdate, or out in public. Memorizing some short basic phrases and the situations in which to use them creates confidence even in doubtful parents. 1. Say yes more than you say no . Even when you have to say no it can be done gently. For example, "I know you want a cookie, you can have one...
Continue reading
  461 Hits
  0 Comments
461 Hits
0 Comments

5 Ways to Encourage Good Behavior While Handling Negative Behaviors

5 Ways to Encourage Good Behavior While Handling Negative Behaviors
I was so excited to meet my nephew and watch him discover what life has to offer. We were enamored by his first words and loved to hear him giggle.. then came the pureed fruit packets. For weeks, his parents sternly told him, "No!" as he would spray the sauce from his mouth on to them. They were trying to change his behavior but were only reinforcing it. It wasn't until they decided to not acknowledge the bad behavior that it began to stop. Wheth...
Continue reading
  378 Hits
  0 Comments
378 Hits
0 Comments

4 Summer Safety Tips for Parents

4 Summer Safety Tips for Parents
Summer is right around the corner and I, for one, could not be more excited to have some fun in the sun. From swimming to evening bike rides, there is so much to look forward to. With all this fun in mind, my thoughts have also turned to what I can do as a parent to keep my son safe during our summer activities. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind as you are preparing for summer fun with your children: 1. Water Safety Tips According to the...
Continue reading
  412 Hits
  0 Comments
412 Hits
0 Comments

Screen Time Series (Part 3): Parents on Screens: How to Model Mindful Use

Screen Time Series (Part 3): Parents on Screens: How to Model Mindful Use
  "More than screen-obsessed young children, we should be concerned about tuned-out parents. " This statement jogged my memory of a photo I once saw. It was of a couple sitting up in bed, as they were illuminated by the light of their phones in the darkness of the night. Neither of them appeared to be speaking to the other. They each were focused solely on the device they held in their hands. Since then, I have seen other photos that depict ...
Continue reading
  296 Hits
  0 Comments
296 Hits
0 Comments

Screens are Here to Stay!

Screens are Here to Stay!
Getting our very first TV was a huge event: my sister and I could watch black-and-white shows, but only around bedtime. Fast forward a few decades, and now screens are everywhere (at work, in school, and at home; even in our bedrooms), available 24/7 and used for an endless variety of purposes. Right before the first lockdowns of 2020, a nationally representative survey found that about half of the parents said whether or not their infant or todd...
Continue reading
  410 Hits
  0 Comments
410 Hits
0 Comments

Learning About Autism for Autism Appreciation Month

Learning About Autism for Autism Appreciation Month
The month of April is Autism Appreciation Month! According to the CDC, 1 in 44 children are autistic, so it is very likely that your child will interact with or know someone with autism. This month is a great opportunity for you and your child to learn more about empathy. Here are a few ways to do so! Read Books Together There are so many great picture books that can help kids learn about autism, and autistic people. Here is a list of 10 books th...
Continue reading
  472 Hits
  0 Comments
472 Hits
0 Comments

How to Prevent a Public Temper Tantrum

How to Prevent a Public Temper Tantrum
Every parent has witnessed a temper tantrum at one time or another. Your child is screaming while you stand there trying to decide what to do. It can be even more daunting when you have an audience watching. Public temper tantrums can be difficult, but below you will find some positive parenting strategies to ease the stress when there's a crowd watching. Setting Your Child up for Success : One of the best ways to avoid a temper tantrum is to giv...
Continue reading
  96 Hits
  0 Comments
96 Hits
0 Comments

Talking to Your Child About Sex

Talking to Your Child About Sex
Not many topics frighten parents more than talking to their child about sex. However, I hope to convince you if you start early, you can talk about sex bit by bit and create an even closer relationship with your child. Suggestion 1 Start early. Begin by referring to your child's body parts (genitalia included) using the correct terms. A penis is a penis, not some silly nickname. The vulva is the vulva, not "your nether regions" or "down there." W...
Continue reading
  615 Hits
  0 Comments
615 Hits
0 Comments

The Health Benefits of Gratitude

The Health Benefits of Gratitude
We have all heard that gratitude will improve our mental health and encourage positive thinking, but did you know that gratitude can also improve your physical health? Over the years, studies have shown that gratitude can improve psychological well-being , self-esteem, and relationships. It is linked with reducing aggression , impatience, and depressive symptoms. We have been long aware of these tremendous mental health benefits. But studies have...
Continue reading
  411 Hits
  0 Comments
411 Hits
0 Comments

How Fathers Can Bond with Their Babies

How Fathers Can Bond with Their Babies
A few weeks ago, I was watching my husband play with our 6 month old son, tossing him lightly into the air, and I felt my heart drop from where I sat. My heart couldn't handle the fear as I saw the potential for him to fall and get hurt, but at the same time, I loved the sound of the giggles and laughter from the two of them. I was terrified, but they were having the time of their lives! I know I play and laugh with my son, but it's so different ...
Continue reading
  676 Hits
  0 Comments
676 Hits
0 Comments

6 Surprising Secrets about Feeding

6 Surprising Secrets about Feeding
Have you ever wondered about the best ways to encourage infants or children to eat healthy, nutritious food? Dietician and family therapist Ellyn Satter offers some advice. You may be surprised by some of what you find! N ever force a child to eat . Instead, follow the Division of Responsibility system created by Ellen Satter. In this system, parents determine what children, infants, and almost toddlers eat, and the child determines whether to ea...
Continue reading
  615 Hits
  0 Comments
615 Hits
0 Comments

A Happy Halloween: Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe

A Happy Halloween: Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe
As a kid, I remember how excited I got about dressing up for Halloween. There's just something magical about pretending to be someone or something else for an evening, having fun and getting lots of yummy treats. Carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and drinking warm apple cider are some of the things I looked forward to most about Halloween. However, I wasn't always the biggest fan of the scarier things about the holiday--the creepy costumes, th...
Continue reading
  822 Hits
  0 Comments
822 Hits
0 Comments

Navigating Children’s Emotional Meltdowns

Navigating Children’s Emotional Meltdowns
If there's one thing I've learned about toddlers, it's that they have some pretty big feelings , and sometimes they struggle to convey those feelings well. Sometimes, they know what they're trying to say, but are unsure about how to express what they feel, or they may not understand what they're feeling, and that can be scary for a child. This can create a challenge for parents as they seek to help their kids learn how to use words to express the...
Continue reading
  874 Hits
  0 Comments
874 Hits
0 Comments

How to Say "No" without Saying "No"

How to Say "No" without Saying "No"
My 5-month-old son has recently started reaching for my face when I hold him. He enjoys grabbing my glasses and pulling at my nose. Kids his age are curious and starting to learn to use their hands and grab things. They also don't understand that sometimes the things they do can cause pain or potentially create damage (if he had squeezed my glasses in just the wrong way, it could have been a big problem). It got me thinking about how I should app...
Continue reading
  1099 Hits
  0 Comments
1099 Hits
0 Comments

Parental Fears About Technology Can Make Things Worse

Parental Fears About Technology Can Make Things Worse
We have an interconnected generation where (for better or worse) we have a hyper awareness of everything that's happening around us. With social media, cable news and the constant pings and notifications of technology we are aware of many things beyond our control and far away from us. Our brains, bred for survival, struggle to differentiate between those immediate and far away threats. The result is we are more aware, and more afraid. And our in...
Continue reading
  1205 Hits
  0 Comments
1205 Hits
0 Comments

The Importance of Grandparents

The Importance of Grandparents
Growing up, I was fortunate to have my grandparents in my life. My relationship with each of them was as different as each of their personalities, from the grandpa who lived out of state but was a "snowbird" and traveled through Utah each fall and spring and treating us to dinner at a local buffet to the grandma who passed on her love of Welch's grape juice and the color purple to me. With Grandparent's Day just around the corner on September 12,...
Continue reading
  7866 Hits
  0 Comments
7866 Hits
0 Comments

How to Have Smoother Bedtimes

How to Have Smoother Bedtimes
If your child's bedtime is a struggle, you're not alone. Whether it's asking for a drink of water every 5 minutes, hearing "I'm not tired", or a meltdown in general, bedtime can be chaos. We all know that sleep is important, but for children, getting enough sleep helps with things like behavior and learning . Studies show that poor sleep habits in childhood can lead to difficulty sleeping as an adult . To help bedtimes go smoother, you can try th...
Continue reading
  1167 Hits
  0 Comments
1167 Hits
0 Comments

What To Do When Your Child Lies

What To Do When Your Child Lies
When 2-year-old Liam* started crying, his mother Sadie went to investigate. Her two children were playing in their room together and Liam was crying and obviously in distress. After questioning her older daughter, Abigail, who insisted she didn't know what happened, Sadie decided to check the video feed from the baby monitor. Much to her surprise, Abigail had kicked Liam as they were both on the ladder of the bunk bed. When Sadie showed her daugh...
Continue reading
  1044 Hits
  1 Comment
1044 Hits
1 Comment

5 Secrets for Back to School Success

5 Secrets for Back to School Success
It's August, which means it's time to get ready to go back to school. When I was growing up, getting ready to go back to school meant shopping for school clothes, going to bed earlier, getting up earlier and of course new school supplies. There was always excitement in the air as I met my friends at the bus stop and we talked about our summers and wondered if we would have the same teacher in class that year. The beginning of the new school year ...
Continue reading
  1210 Hits
  0 Comments
1210 Hits
0 Comments

Helping Your Child Cope with Nightmares

Helping Your Child Cope with Nightmares
Around 50% of young kids have severe nightmares that cause them to wake up their parents. I had a nightmare every night as a kid, and even though it was distressing to me, it was equally distressing to my parents. My bedtime routine became a battle because I was so terrified to get into bed. And even when I finally did get to sleep, I would wake up from a nightmare and refuse to go back to sleep. This goes without saying, but it isn't very fun wh...
Continue reading
  1090 Hits
  0 Comments
1090 Hits
0 Comments