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#1 Tool For Decreasing Tantrums

My #1 Tool For Decreasing Tantrums

Have you ever been having a disagreement with your spouse or partner and you are both holding strong on your position?  One or both of you may say something like this…  “No, you’re wrong. It’s this…” or “That doesn’t make any sense.” What happens inside you???  For most of us, our natural reaction is for…

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Offering Choices

The Power of Offering Children Choices

“I don’t want the blue cup, I want the red cup!” As parents, it’s amazing to us how quickly the wrong-colored cup can bring on full-blown temper tantrum, but here we are with a child melting down over what seems like nothing to us.  When I hear stories like this during a child behavior consultation,…

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preschool-and-kindergarten-prep-tips-behavior

Preschool and Kindergarten Prep: Behavior

Last week, I wrote about helping maintain healthy sleep habits as your preschooler or kindergartener starts school. This week, we are going to focus on preschool and kindergarten prep, but focusing on behavior! While our sweet little loves are so smart, their brains won’t be fully developed until they are 25 years old. While their…

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How to do quiet time

How To Do Quiet Time

When my twins dropped nap at 4 years old, I was one sad mama. I treasured that alone time to work and get things done around the house. Plus, by that point in the day, I *really* needed a break from my sweet cherubs! <- it’s true! When they dropped nap, I attempted quiet time,…

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Snoring and Mouth Breathing

Snoring and Mouth Breathing Are Red Flags

One of the questions I ask every single client I work with is “does your child snore or mouth breathe?” I know this may sound a little dramatic, but snoring and mouth breathing are huge red flags. Many parents don’t know this so they don’t think to talk about it with the pediatrician. Snoring and…

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Taming Tantrums

Taming Tantrums In Your Child

We’ve had some epic tantrums at my house.  Like all-out kicking and screaming and the tantrums felt like they lasted FOREVER.  Part of the reason I’m a child behavior coach is that I had no idea what the heck to do with these types of behaviors with my twin boys. I reacted in ways that…

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Nightmares or Night Terrors

Nightmares Or Night Terrors? How To Tell The Difference.

As a child sleep consultant, I often talk with families whose children are experiencing night wakes. Usually, those night wakes are pretty straightforward (though not easy to cope with!) – but sometimes, they’re a little more complex, or downright stressful. Many parents will ask, is my child experiencing nightmares or night terrors? How do I…

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Period of Purple Crying Survival Tips

Period of Purple Crying Survival Tips

Hey new momma! In case no one has told you today, you are doing an amazing job adjusting to your precious little baby! I need to say this because I wish I heard this every minute of every day in those first few months after having Adeline. Especially, once she was two weeks old.  My…

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toddler's parental preference

Toddler’s Parental Preference – Why Don’t You Want Me?

Would you believe me if I told you my 2-year-old likes his dad better than me? It’s true even with how cute this picture is! My toddler’s parental preference is all Dad. He behaves better for Dad, calms down faster with him when he’s upset and prefers when Dad does the bedtime routine. I couldn’t…

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thunderstorms and fears

Thunderstorms and Fears – Tools to Help Your Child

Thunderstorms and fears seemed like the perfect topic for today’s post! As I’m typing this, there are loud rumblings outside and the sky is scary dark in the middle of the day.  This morning, I had a call with a client whose child is having a difficult time at bedtime due to fears that arose…

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"Sleep & Five Positive Parenting Tools" - man carrying toddler on his shoulders

Sleep & Five Positive Parenting Tools

Maybe your family is like ours.  We require sleep to live a happy, relatively harmonious life.  We don’t buy into this “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” mentality or accept that not sleeping is normal for children or adults.  I need sleep to be the type of Mom I want to be and to be able…

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"Can Parent Coaching Improve My Child’s Behavior?" - baby crying

Can Parent Coaching Improve My Child’s Behavior?

Parenting in our modern society has unique challenges. More than ever, we understand the importance of raising resilient, independent, and well-adjusted children, but many of us find ourselves wondering “how?” Without the right tools, we find ourselves defaulting to the way we were raised.  For many, this doesn’t feel aligned to the way we want…

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