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Why I Don't Do Pinterest-Worthy Activities with My Kids

I don't do planned arts, crafts, or academic activities with my children. I also don't feel the least bit guilty about it. As I write this, my three-year-old is building a parking garage out of Magnatiles and my 10-month-old is dropping a pair of fingernail clippers in a bucket (repeatedly). Our days have a significant amount of ...

Does Your Child Have Shiny Object Syndrome?

Shiny Object Syndrome starts with the best of intentions. When my first child was a baby, it was like wrangling a bear to change his diaper. He would flip and squirm like a wild animal. A thoughtful friend suggested that I keep a variety of toys near the changing pad. That way, each time I ...

SFP 14 : How Do I Put an End to Food Throwing?

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Kids shouldn't be playing with their food. That means making a mess should be the exception, not the expectation. In this episode I will discuss how to handle throwing and playing with food at mealtime. Highlights: Understand the motive Control of Error The Food Time-Out Show Notes/Links: How to Get Kids to Stop Throwing and ...

How can I get my toddler to go to bed

SFP 13 : How Can I Get My Kid to Go to Bed?

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It can be hard to get kids to go to bed. In today's episode, I am answering a question about how to get a child to go to bed (and stay in bed). Highlights: Bring the positive energy. Pattern your days for success. Get kids to stay in bed

SFP 12 : How Do I Teach My Kid To Share?

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Sharing is hard. In this episode, I am explaining why sharing can be such a struggle for young kids. I will also introduce the strategy that we use at home to handle sharing easily and effectively. Highlights Why it's so hard for kids to share Walk a mile in their shoes The Method: How do ...

How do I stop my kid when she misbehaves?

SFP 11 : How Do I Stop My Kid From Misbehaving?

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Our kid's behavior can be frustrating--particularly when they won't "stop" when we ask them to stop. Today we are talking about why it's so hard to get kids to "knock it off" and how we can handle these situations with success. Highlights A new lens to view behavior Inertia--and how it applies to kid behavior ...