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Step 1 Seasons of Parenting (infants, toddlers, school-age, tween, teen)

Teen Troubles Tamed!

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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…

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How to Calm Your Anxious Child

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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…

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How and Why Should We Avoid Competitive Parenting

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In today’s era of social media frenzy, our children are growing up more competitive and addicted to approval than ever before. And, they are not alone, because we, as moms, are taking the lead in engaging in what’s called competitive parenting.

None of us start hold our precious baby and think we’re going to “win” at being a mom. Unfortunately, the traps of comparing ourselves against the parenting styles of others (which is the basis of competitive parenting) are all too alluring to avoid.

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10 Resolutions To Tame Angry, Defiant Children

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  • Do you wonder why your child is so angry? 
  • Do you avoid saying "no" because you don't want the melt-down?
  • Do you end up yelling because you didn't say "no" and then feeling guilty about it?

Happy New Year! Okay, okay, it's February but by now our resolutions are all but forgotten, right?

Right.

Here are 10 *new* resolutions for you to use to help you avoid having angry and disrespectful children all in the spirit of "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

The following res…

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3 Myths of Misbehaving Kids (Pt 4 of 4 Childhood Development Series)

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As the last part of my child development series, I’m inviting you to explore behavior development. This is where there is a lot more to understand behind the scenes than the actions we see. Most often, we are focused on our children’s misbehavior. Their “acting out” behavior. We are tempted to label these outbursts because we are trying to understand the “WHY” of their misbehavior. We might even hear ourselves say “Why did you do that?” or “What were you thinking?”

Understandably, this can be …

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3 Ways to Promote Language & Communication in your Child (Pt 3 of 4 Childhood Development Series)

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A child’s development in communication and language is amazing to observe. Not only are they voicing their opinions and providing a glimpse of how their minds work, but they are exploring new territories, boundaries, and figuring out their place in the family.

Many of us may have expectations (whether we realize it or not) of how our child’s speech should be developing and at what rate, but it is imperative to remember that just as in our previous posts about cognitive and emotional developmen…

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Emotional Development (Pt 2 of 4 Childhood Development Series)

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Continuing with the series on child development, this week we are looking at how we can ensure that your kids are developing emotional maturity. If you have a toddler or preschooler, your biggest question is whether or not your little one is meeting developmentally appropriate social and emotional skills for their age. While it is helpful to understand and know what to expect when it comes to their emotional development, it is also important to realize that emotional skills do not develop at the…

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