Blog: Because I Said So!
Teen Troubles Tamed!
A lot of moms ask for parenting help with their teens. What worked when their kids were younger no longer works for teens. And they don't want to make the same mistakes their parents made with them.
Why is it so hard to parent teens?
As moms, we are still influential but our influence wanes. Teens naturally rebel and they really need a lot of freedom. And with the stress teens face today, they have a larger need for fun, too. Plus, being an adolescent is super stressful. It feels like nobody u…
How to Calm Your Anxious Child
Do You have an anxious child?
Parents today are overwhelmed with worry.
One worry a lot of my clients tell me they have is how anxious their child is. Almost all of these clients are seriously considering appointments with an occupational therapist, talk or play therapists, a psychologist for psychological evaluation, a psychiatrist for medication, etc. for their child’s anxiety problems.
As a certified parent coach, former teacher, and seasoned mom, I help moms respond to their anxious child…
5 Parenting Skills You Need to Avoid Burnout
Are you eternally exhausted from your day-to-day activities? Do your parenting skills consist of exasperated grunts or impatient sighs? You’re not alone!
You are experiencing the beginning stages of parenting burnout which can get pretty ugly if not dealt with straight away.
You are at your wit's end, and everything little thing can get the best of you. You may feel like the loneliest mom or dad in the world because you were the only ones who had little monsters instead little babies.
Press the Pause Button
Such a simple action and so powerful.
Your day might start great and then, all of the sudden, your kids start going nuts. Chaos reigns and you have no idea how things got so crazy so quickly.
You want everyone to calm down and so you try to stay calm. You try to be in charge. But your kids won't listen.
So the only thing you know to do is to yell.
Then your kids push back. Then you yell more.
And then they get even louder and before you know it, everyone is in their room, crying.…
Five Tips to Help Your Children Manage the Excitement of the Holidays Even if they Have ADHD
Santa's coming! And for some moms that means fun, fun, fun!
And for the rest of us, it can mean anxiety over how our children will behave. With the added excitement, loaded to-do lists, more sugar, and less structure Santa's arrival means overstimulation for our kids.
Taking a moment to think of what our kids need during the holidays will pay off. This is Step Three (The Five Needs) in my 6-Step Plan.
The Five Needs are; Survival, Freedom, Love & Belonging, Power, and Fun.
Clearly state ex…
5-Tips for NO-Drama Holidays
Dreading the yearly argument about whose family to visit?
I've got Five Co-parenting tips before the holidays arrive!
We all want our children to be happy. So before the Holiday season is in full swing, it is essential to have a solid plan for visiting family during the holidays.
The holidays can often intensify already highly charged emotions like old resentments, confusion, and anxiety. Our culture has often painted the holiday season as a time to bond and celebrate as a family but being ar…
Emotions are Contagious
And anxiety is probably the most contagious emotion there is.
Self-care during this pandemic can seem frivolous.
In order for moms to be the most effective we can be, we have to be as well-rested as possible and as calm as possible. Not all the time. But at least in general. One way to help us be our best selves is to practice self-care.
And what a great model we are for our sons and daughters when they see us setting limits and boundaries so we can practice self-care. That not on…
Tech is SCARY!
Are you scared of tech? You're not alone. You don't have to be a parent to know that there is no shortage of parenting advice and parent tips on keeping kids safe while online. And anyone you ask will tell you they've heard of this or that software that will make it easy. So, I'll just go ahead and tell you...they are all wrong. It's not easy.
Yeah, I've cried over this too! The #1 advice I've heard and that I repeat to parents is
Your kids were born in the digital age. They wi…
ADHD or Sleep Deprivation?
Does Your Spirited Child Have ADHD or Are They Sleep Deprived?
If you are worried your spirited child may have ADHD because they child run around, ignore requests, cries or gets very upset easily, is aggressive, and their teacher complains of "lack of focus" at school, I want you to keep reading.
Before you talk to the teacher and start the process of assessment, I have a quick and easy way to determine if that is the next right step for your family.
As you can see from the chart above, there ar…
Create a Study Space in 3 Easy Steps
Back to School is here and parenting advice is everywhere. Moms want to know about the most effective parenting tips so their children will have a great year. Creating a study space for your child is top on the list of things to do! Luckily, I have done some research and have parenting advice for you right here!
Get your child involved. You may crave total silence and a formal work area and work best late at night. But your kid may be very different. If you find your child reading books…
- Step 1 Seasons of Parenting (infants, toddlers, school-age, tween, teen) (7)
- Toddler (1)
- Teen (2)
- Tween (1)
- Step 2 Mission & Vision (goals, legacy, dreams) (5)
- Technology (devices, screentime) (3)
- Step 3 The Five Needs (Responsive Family) (5)
- Angry Child (defiance, emotions, strong-willed child) (2)
- Self Care (2)
- Step 4 Shared Responsibilities (Chores) (2)
- Homework (1)
- Step 5 Family Meetings (Communication) (2)
- Holidays (2)
- Routines and Schedules (mornings, bedtime) (1)
- Step 6 Discipline (Consequences) (2)