Prioritizing Nutrition Without Creating Control Battles

One of the only five reasons kids misbehave is physical needs. When our kids are tired, dehydrated, or not getting the nutrition they need, their brains won’t have the fuel they need to make good decisions. The tricky thing about helping our kids get the proper nutrition is that we can find ourselves in a […]

5 Crucial Skills Your Child Needs to Play Independently

Does your child play well independently? Do you ever want to scream, “Why won’t you just. go. play !?!?” I talk a lot about assuming a CAN’T instead of a WON’T with our kids. So let’s apply this to independent play. Just like there are physical developmental stages that need to happen in a certain […]

How to Help Your Kids Grow Without Compromising Trust

Are you naturally the bad guy or the pushover? One of my favorite quotes from the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, author of The Connected Child* and The Connected Parent*, is, “If we give our children nurture when they need structure, we inhibit their growth. And if we give them structure when they need nurture, we […]

6 Expert Approved Ways to Play with Your Kids

I love my kids, but I would rather do chores than the pretend play where you get out the farm animals or dolls and make them talk to each other. And y’all know how much I hate cleaning! I want you to know that you’re not a bad mom if you don’t get down on […]

How to Stop Walking on Eggshells with Your Explosive Child

Let’s talk about walking on eggshells around your explosive child.           Last week, I asked in our FB community, “How do you keep from walking on eggshells around your kids?” One mom said, “Are we not meant to?” A bunch of other parents commented that they were following for suggestions, but […]

How to Respond to Mean Words

If your child’s mean words cut deep into your soul, this post is for you. First, I want you to remember that these mean outbursts are the externalization and incorrect verbalization of your child’s inner experience. It’s like a baby crying when they’re hungry. Babies don’t have the skills to communicate properly, so they resort […]

The Problem with Staying Calm

A lot of parents ask me, “How do I stay calm?” I want to give you permission to raise your voice and get passionate with your kids, and I’m going to tell you from a brain-science perspective the problem with staying calm when your child is losing their mind. Throughout the day, we have varying […]

12 Easy Ways to Increase Your Child’s Focus

With all the changes in education due to the pandemic, even children without ADHD seem to be struggling with focus. There are quite a few ways to help increase your child’s focus without medication. There’s no perfect formula, but here are some tried-and-true tricks you can use to increase your child’s focus. Or maybe yours, too! […]