My Toddler’s ‘Tude is Out of Control

My toddler is really flexing her muscles. Her attitude is out of control. I want to support her fire but I also really don’t like the ‘tude. Yup, toddlers start to push back and make their voices louder and louder as they wade deeper into their twos. They go past just the “no” stage into real […]

What To Do With All The Toys?

It’s holiday time again. What am I gonna do with all of the toys? I feel bad, but there is no more room. Oh yes, gifts are great, but then you end up with millions and millions and MILLIONS of them. OK, maybe not millions and millions, but a lot – and they take up […]

How Can I Discipline My Two-Year-Old

My 2-year-old is really flexing her muscles. She still looks like a baby, but is acting like a kid. A lot of throwing and looking at me and making not good choices. Can I discipline her – and how? Discipline is about teaching life lessons. It’s about taking responsibility for one’s choices and actions. Discipline […]

Is it OK for Kids to Quit?

My kid is in ballet, but wants to quit. She went to 4 classes and is over it. Is it OK for kids to quit? Let’s start here: If you try an art class and really don’t like it, what would you do? Go each week to have a miserable time? NO WAY. On the […]

Raising an Independent Toddler

I want to make my toddler independent but I also don’t want to push her too much. What to do? The look on a child’s face when they have accomplished a task is amazing, but before they master a task there will be some frustration. Don’t let that dissuade you. We don’t need to fear […]

What Can I Do About My Rude Toddler?

My toddler is becoming disrespectful. Her go-to response for me is yelling and rudeness. What can I do about this? I want her to express herself but frankly, I also want her to stop yelling at me. Ahhh, that fine line between empowerment and a tiny screaming gremlin. The first thing to do is chill […]

Sharing is Not Always Mandatory

It is playground time and I’m not sure how to handle sharing. If my child rides her balance bike to the playground, should I let other kids play on it if they want? How about other toys that she brings? If you brought a book to the playground and someone saw it, said it looked […]

Setting Up a Stress-Less Summer

I love the summer, but with it comes fights about drinking water and putting on sunscreen. The kids are bored and travel is a nightmare.  Help me make this summer less stressful! Summer fun is great but YES it does come with some stress. Here is how to chill out this summer. Get the sunscreen […]