Children (ages 0-5)

Part 2: Three Reasons to Stop Spanking Kids

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:08+00:00 September 23rd, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9)|

This post is written in an effort to clarify some of the questions and concerns raised in my recent blog featured on Mamapedia titled Three Reasons to Stop Spanking Kids. Below are a few of the more common, constructive misconceptions: 1. NO SPANKING DOES NOT EQUAL NO DISCIPLINE. When I suggested not spanking your children, I did not mean to imply you should simply let them run amuck and turn into "spoiled brats." Children most certainly thrive in structured environments where there are clear expectations, rules, and consequences. Spanking is a form of punishment, and there are many alternatives to spanking [...]

Keep your head above water and don’t drown: How to talk to your kids about our nation’s recent disasters

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:08+00:00 September 16th, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

It's been a rough few days. First came the anniversary of 9/11. Then the Jersey boardwalk fire on 9/13. Over the weekend, the Colorado floods raged. And this morning, I awoke to the news about the Navy Yard shooting. Not that watching the news has ever really lifted my spirits, but the past few days have been pretty overwhelming and chalk-full of disaster and tragedy. I live in Denver so naturally all of the local news channels have been broadcasting nonstop about the floods. Last Thursday, when the flooding began, newscasters were quick to give out safety advice to all those possibly affected. [...]

Three reasons to stop spanking your kids today: No ifs, ands, or buts

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:09+00:00 July 29th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9)|

Spanking. The age-old, forever controversial topic. The question is always the same: Is it ok to hit your kids? I guess that really depends on your definition of "ok." If by "ok," you mean legal, then yes, at least in the state of Colorado. According to Colorado Law, parents are permitted to use means of physical punishment when disciplining their children so long as they do not leave injuries. If by "ok" you mean morally correct, that's up to you and your personal values and beliefs... no judgment here.  But perhaps most importantly, if by "ok" you mean effective, as [...]

No more teachers, no more books! Helping parents stress less this summer

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:13+00:00 May 30th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

The kids are almost done with school. Everyone’s counting down the days, although parents may be feeling a mix of emotions… happiness, dread, anxiety; all are common and it doesn't make you a bad mom or dad if you’re not totally jazzed that your kiddo will now be with you all. day. long. For stay-at-home parents, it’s not uncommon to dread the end of the school year, as it often means a full-time commitment to your child. Keeping kiddos entertained for the entire summer can be an extremely taxing job, and many parents feel stressed about taking on responsibility for [...]

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Funnel clouds and magic wands: How to answer your child’s questions when natural disaster strikes

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:13+00:00 May 24th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens|

Natural disasters. They happen. Hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes… they happen and all we can really do is try and be prepared. We can’t prevent them or alter their course, and we can’t know for certain we’ll be able to protect our family, if and when we experience such an unfortunate event. This feeling, this lack of being in control, of being able to do something, just doesn't sit well with most people. For me, in a sense, it makes me feel helpless. I felt this helplessness the other day as I met with a little girl for therapy. Often, when [...]

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Consequences that actually work

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:14+00:00 April 16th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Will you really make him eat his breakfast for dinner? Why do we threaten our kids with consequences we can’t possibly stick to? Like when you say to your child, “If you don’t stop whining right now, I’ll never buy you anything again!” Yeah right. For me, this one’s a no-brainer. We give kids consequences that don’t work for the same reason we do a million other things in life…. Why do we drive with the gas light on for 30+ miles, just hoping we won’t be that idiot on the side of the road? Why do we [...]

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10 Things I Learned When I Stopped Yelling At My Kids: Blog Review

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:14+00:00 April 1st, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Yelling is contagious The other day I received an email from a mom, who happens to be a good friend of mine. She sent me a link to a post, found on The Orange Rhino. The post, 10 Things I Learned when I Stopped Yelling At My Kids, was truly fascinating. The woman who wrote this post did not yell at her children for an entire year. Yes, that’s right, an entire year. 365 days. I was awestruck that anyone would be up for this challenge. In fact, this woman surpassed a year and had been going strong [...]

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Failure is A-Okay

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:14+00:00 March 15th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Failure is part of success NBC TODAY Momsrecently posted a video and related article by Amy McCready, titled The bright side of blunders: Why we should let kids fail. I found this article chalk-full of good advice on the positive lessons of failure. Like most good advice, however, it’s easier to read about than to actually execute, so I’d like to offer a few extra tidbits on how to make it easier to allow your kids to fail. The bright side of blunders: Why we should let kids fail explains if we swoop in and rescue our children [...]

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But It Tastes Yucky!

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:14+00:00 March 1st, 2013|Children (ages 0-5)|

Kids can be picky eaters. Some children eat very well and will try a variety of foods, while others tend to be the “macaroni and cheese for dinner every night” types. For those parents whose children are willing to try and eat diverse foods, this blog may not pertain to you. However, feel free to offer suggestions and advice to those parents who are struggling with picky eaters at home. So why are some children pickier than others when it comes to the food department? There are many theories about this including genetics and being a more sensitive child, but [...]

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Does My Preschooler Have ADHD?

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:17+00:00 January 13th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5)|

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder. It’s also a term loosely thrown around in today’s society. Additionally, you've probably heard of the term “ADD,” or “Attention Deficit Disorder,” which, according to theAmerican Psychological Association, does not exist. ADHD, however, has several subtypes to differentiate between inattentive symptoms, hyperactive/impulsive symptoms, and a combination of both inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive symptoms. Preschoolers are usually children ages 3-5, and children of this age are typically quite active and often have difficulty paying attention for more than a few minutes. How then, do you know if your child is “typical” for [...]

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