Teaching Gratitude Makes for Happy Kids

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Parenting Advice | 2 Comments
Teaching Gratitude Makes for Happy Kids

Why Teaching Gratitude Makes For Happy Kids:  It’s all in the brain. If you want to know why teaching gratitude makes for happy kids, let’s start with the inner workings of the brain.  You can think of it like this.  All of us have our ‘big brain’ and then our ‘reptilian brain’.  Our ‘reptilian brain’ […]

The Key To Parenting Is To Keep It Simple

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
The Key To Parenting Is To Keep It Simple

I’m sure you’ve heard the KISS principle and yes, it certainly applies to parenting.  In fact, I’d have to say that the key to parenting is to keep it simple. However, trying to keep it simple often presents us with a problem because it seems as if society at large likes things to be complex. […]

4 Parenting Sentences You Should Watch

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Parenting Advice, Uncategorized | No Comments
4 Parenting Sentences You Should Watch

In this article, I’m going to suggest there are 4 parenting sentences you should watch. That’s because the sentences I’m going to draw to your attention are very easy to say.  In fact, they’re so easy to say that you probably say them all the time and don’t even realize it.  So here we go. […]

6 tips for well-behaved kids

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
6 tips for well-behaved kids

There’s always a lot of discourse in the parenting world about behaviour.  When I start work with parents they have all kinds of approaches to their children’s behaviour, some of which obviously work better than others. Combine that with all the behaviour tips available online and parenting can be a confusing job.  So here are […]

Five Tips For A Guilt-Free Summer With Kids

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
Five Tips For A Guilt-Free Summer With Kids

The kids are almost home and it’s often this time of year that parents contemplate what they’re going to do with them for the summer holidays.   So here are five tips for a guilt-free summer with kids. First of all, something in my title of, ‘Five tips for a guilt-free summer with kids’ may […]

Is Happiness All There Is?

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
Is Happiness All There Is?

There’s a great song I love.  It goes like this, “If that’s all there is, then let’s keep dancing.  Let’s break out the booze and have a ball…”   I couldn’t agree more, especially about breaking out the booze on a warm summer evening but it does beg the question of is happiness all there […]

Why We Shouldn’t Judge Parents

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
Why We Shouldn’t Judge Parents

Why we shouldn’t judge parents:   Everyone makes mistakes! Today I was reminded of exactly how judgmental people can be and why we shouldn’t judge parents.  That’s a good thing because every once in a while you need to walk in someone else’s shoes.   I tried to ‘nip’ in to our local bakery with […]

Why Kids Need Downtime

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
Why Kids Need Downtime

I don’t know about you but when the days get longer, I can’t help but enjoy what it means for the children, time to hang out and just have fun in the sun after the confines of our cold, rainy or snowy winter depending on where you are.  As we start to move toward summer […]

Want To Be Your Child’s Friend?

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
Want To Be Your Child’s Friend?

All parents love their kids and pretty much all of us I’m sure, have wonderful dreams of doing things together and spending time really getting on as adults.  But just as we recognize that it may be great to be your child’s friend when they’re an adult, is it a good idea to want to […]

How To Handle a Picky Eater

How To Handle a Picky Eater

Having picky eaters can drive any parent up the wall.  So if you want to know how to handle a picky eater, the first thing to look at is why you might be getting the behaviour and only then what you can do about it.  Firstly, I know how frustrating it can be.  There is […]

Teaching Kids Gratitude

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
Teaching Kids Gratitude

Teaching kids gratitude makes the world go round All parents hope they will create appreciative children.   So when it comes to teaching kids gratitude, let’s face it, nobody wants their child to be the one grabbing their birthday presents in a frenzy, shoving whatever lovely and thoughtful gift they just got aside in a […]

The Secret To Getting Your Kids To Listen

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
The Secret To Getting Your Kids To Listen

Would you like to know the secret to getting your kids to listen? Isn’t it funny how words like ‘ice cream’ or ‘park,’ or anything else that strikes kids as fun are heard right away, yet anything boring, like it’s time to clean up your toys or go to bed, can sail right over their heads […]

The Trouble with Online Parenting Advice

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
The Trouble with Online Parenting Advice

So what’s the trouble with online parenting advice?   What’s wrong with reaching out for guidance at the end of a night with the kids and looking for help, particularly when any parent I know would much rather lie down in front of the TV or i pad to enjoy some much needed and well […]

Parenting The Strong Willed Child

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
Parenting The Strong Willed Child

Would you like to know how to parent the strong willed child? Parenting the strong willed child is not easy but I’m going to tell you something wonderful.  Even though you may not feel it at times, you’re lucky.  You see, I understand.  If you’re the parent of a strong willed or otherwise challenging child, […]

Parent With Confidence Not Fear

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
Parent With Confidence Not Fear

I have a great job though sometimes I have to confess to feeling as though I’m swimming up stream.  The reason I often feel that is that my way of helping parents differs somewhat from the prevailing North American parenting philosophy that’s currently in favour.  What that ideology is we’ll get to later, but one […]

A Parent’s Guide To Building Resilience

A Parent’s Guide To Building Resilience

I’ve decided to write this article, a parent’s guide to building resilience in children because I believe the way we teach resilience now focused primarily on older age groups will have long-term impacts on the health of our children.  I’ve lost count of the number of articles I’ve read about the importance of developing resilience […]

Do Parenting Tips Work?

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
Do Parenting Tips Work?

Parenting tips are everywhere but the question is, do parenting tips work?  All around us they fill magazines, the airwaves and the internet and many parents rely on them not just for little snippets of information but for their wholesale parenting approach.  Which begs the question, do parenting tips work?  And if don’t, why don’t […]

Child Behaviour Solutions that Really Work

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
Child Behaviour Solutions that Really Work

Are you looking for child behaviour solutions that really work? As we approach Thanksgiving, I’ve no doubt there are parents out there trying to drift off to sleep at night with their calm thoughts being interrupted by visions of their preschooler screaming their head off during Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of enjoying warm fuzzies and thoughts […]

#1 Biggest Parenting Mistake

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
#1 Biggest Parenting Mistake

Seeing an article with the words, ‘#1 Biggest Parenting Mistake’ has got to be scary.  Suddenly you think, yikes!  Am I doing that? Maybe you rush to click on the link or maybe you don’t,  scared by the real possibility that what ever it is, you might be doing it. Perhaps you’re worried you’ll wake […]

Ten Tips For Successful Parenting

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Parenting Advice | One Comment
Ten Tips For Successful Parenting

So there you are, perhaps pregnant or weighed down with diapers and there’s a snot streak left across your sleeve from your toddler’s nose from the fourth meltdown that morning and you’ve been wondering thoughts like, what the heck am I doing?  All of a sudden you take a glance at your smartphone and notice […]

Should You Give Toddlers Choices?

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
Should You Give Toddlers Choices?

On of the first big questions of parenthood is, should you give toddlers choices?  The answer to that question is yes and no.  What do I mean by that?  Well read on, because the answer is two fold and it getting it right is extremely important to both your peace and that of your toddler. […]

The Secret of Parenting

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
The Secret of Parenting

So what’s the secret of parenting?  Is there even a secret?  Well, before I answer that, have you ever watched the movie Babe?  At the end of the movie, a flock of sheep just won’t do as they’re told at the sheep dog trials.  Babe the farmer’s alternate ‘sheep pig’ is finally told by the […]

How To Teach Resilience

How To Teach Resilience

Resilience as I’ve said is very ‘in’ word but the question is, how to teach resilience?  As a word, it’s quoted frequently, largely in response to the link made by experts and parents alike, about how those who won’t let children experience failure end up impacting their child’s ability to deal with the bumps of […]

Is Democratic Parenting Good?

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
Is Democratic Parenting Good?

Is democratic parenting good? I love democracy.  In fact, I’m a huge fan.  I cannot imagine not having any input in what goes on around me, even though that input seems to effect less social change over time.  So I’m going to start off today with the question, is democratic parenting good? Well, to answer […]

What To Do With A Child That Hits

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
What To Do With A Child That Hits

If you’re wondering what to do with a kid that hits, I just read an article in a parenting magazine that quotes a couple of experts talk about hitting in a way that I think, continues some of the sad mis-conceptions that parents have about children that hit. Unfortunately the advice was just plain wrong […]

When To Seek Behaviour Intervention

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
When To Seek Behaviour Intervention

It’s tough being a parent and even more difficult to understand when a child’s behaviour has passed the normal ebb and flow of family life and needs intervention. It’s quite normal to worry about when to seek behaviour intervention too and if you are considering it, let me help you understand both how important it […]

No Such Thing As The Perfect Parent

No Such Thing As The Perfect Parent

Let me say firstly, that there’s no such thing as the perfect parent.  I bet before you became a parent, you had all sorts of ideas of the kind of parent you were going to be.  You were going to be patient and thoughtful, even after being woken up at 3am for the fifth time.  […]

How Can I Get My Child To Behave?

Posted by on Aug 2, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
How Can I Get My Child To Behave?

The Key To Making a Real Parenting Plan – Understanding Reality If you’re dealing with multiple temper tantrums and challenging behaviour and you’re asking, how can I get my child to behave, then I have a question for you.  Firstly, do you believe in magic?  Do you think gnomes live under trees in your yard?  […]

How To Stop Bullying

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
How To Stop Bullying

If you are asking the question of how to stop bullying, the first thing to understand is that bullies are made not born.  I’m probably going to shock you by saying they are created by how you parent.  Like most people, I hate bullying.  I don’t just dislike it, I have an utter distaste for […]

What To Do With Peer Pressure

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
What To Do With Peer Pressure

As a parent, I’m sure you’ve wondered about your child and what to do with peer pressure and the need they have to be like everyone else?  As you know peer pressure can make many kids and adults for that matter do things that they wouldn’t ordinarily do.  As humans, we want to fit in and […]

The Problem With Parenting Today

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
The Problem With Parenting Today

I made a post on face book the other day alluding to the gigantic North American industry, known as the parenting industry.  I call it the problem with parenting today.  I bet you didn’t think of parenting as an industry but it is and it’s huge.  As I alluded to in my post though, it’s […]

Thinking Of Calling Nanny 911’s Number?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
Thinking Of Calling Nanny 911’s Number?

When the kids act up, do you think of calling Nanny 911’s number?  We’ve all seen the TV shows.  The screaming kids over and over again on endless replay.  The tantrums, hitting and biting and then Nanny steps in wearing some uniform that looks as though it’s out of Downton Abbey and in a week, […]

How To Build Your Child’s Self Esteem

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
How To Build Your Child’s Self Esteem

If you’re sitting out there wondering how to build your child’s self esteem, I want to start with a joke.  One of George Carlin’s more endearing moments, language aside, was when he made fun of the parental obsession of refusing to look reality in the face and say those all important character building words to […]

Free Range Parenting

Free Range Parenting

I’ve always loved the concept of free range parenting.  I remember one trip a while back though when I went skiing for the weekend…well, no not quite.  I actually went to the ski resort, did a few runs, managed not to kill myself, handed in my equipment and did what I really wanted to do […]

How To Get A Good Babysitter

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
How To Get A Good Babysitter

If you’re wondering how to a get a good babysitter, I’ve got a suggestion for you.  Tap the teenage market and find yourself a terrific babysitter.  So what do you look for in a good one?  How do you know what’s going on when you go out? What are the secrets to knowing whether you […]

Defining Risk

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Ways To Teach Resilence | No Comments
Defining Risk

I heard about the story that defines the state of risk in our society.  Cardel Place, a fitness facility in Calgary has been forced to be part of the defining risk agenda and I feel sorry for them.  Cardel Place used to ‘rock’ literally.  Kids climbed, balanced and jumped all over the rocks and turned […]

My Child Is Narcissistic

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
My Child Is Narcissistic

Are you sitting there in quiet moment, worrying, ‘my child is narcissistic?’  If you are, you’re not alone and please don’t feel bad.   Narcissism is around pretty much everywhere you look.  Sometimes we even look up to narcissistic people.  They’re the go getters with high self esteem that take no prisoners.  But is narcissism […]

Everyone Wants To Be A Star

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
Everyone Wants To Be A Star

I love humble, don’t you?  There’s nothing nicer in the world, than meeting someone who is just terrific in whatever way but doesn’t really know it, or at least if they do, they’re humble about their abilities.  The trouble is that’s not what I see.  Instead, everyone wants to be a star. A case in […]

What To Do When Your Child Is Bored

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
What To Do When Your Child Is Bored

Ok your child is hanging out whining at you saying, “Mom, I’m bored.”  You were having an good day but now you’re just looking for an answer, any answer of what to do when your child is bored.  Maybe you’re googling fun games to play or calling a friend over for a playdate.  It’s the […]

The Sexualization Of Childhood

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
The Sexualization Of Childhood

The other day I was blown away by a CBC documentary, called ‘Sexted Up Kids‘ which as the title suggests is about the sexualization of childhood. This was no gentle prod about the state of the world but instead, an ‘in your face’ account of the sexualization of childhood and how horribly pervasive it is in […]

What’s Wrong With Education

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
What’s Wrong With Education

What’s wrong with education?  Well in my jurisdiction, the board has bought in something new.  New report cards that dispense with actual comments and instead, replace grades with some lovely politically correct words, like ‘evident’ and ‘emerging.’  Words that are pretty hard to understand but certainly don’t hurt anyone’s feelings and allow our children to live […]

Ways To Teach Resilience

Ways To Teach Resilience

Every time I think about Calgary I  think about the floods that ravaged the community in 2013.  As I remember how all those flooded areas looked,  I think of how the community came together and those skills most needed in a disaster after the initial shock has passed.  At the top of that list is […]

How To Stop Being A Hovering Parent

How To Stop Being A Hovering Parent

If you asked a random group of parents in a room many, if not most will admit they hover.  They’re often uncomfortable doing it but feel they’ve no other option.  So the question is, how to stop being a hovering parent?  At the basis of a lot of hovering is actually fear.  Fear of condemnation […]

Is The Education System Failing Us?

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
Is The Education System Failing Us?

There is a lot of discussion society wide at the moment with regards to the question of education, namely is the education system failing us?  A while back, Margaret Wente, one of the columnists for the Globe and Mail was on a roll.  First, she lamented our children’s seeming inability to grasp the concepts of […]

Ways To Make Your Child Happy

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
Ways To Make Your Child Happy

Like any parent, I’m sure you want to know ways to make your child happy.  The answer is really quite simple.  It’s actually one simple secret but let me set the stage for you.  Recently I came back from holidays in Europe, where I went to Holland to see and be with all my husband’s […]

Why Is My Child Unhappy?

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
Why Is My Child Unhappy?

Some children are happy with very little.  Some spend a lot of the time being miserable, no matter what they have.  If you are asking yourself, why do I have an unhappy child, you’ve come to the right place because I’m going to tell you a story that you’ll likely see much of your own […]

Is Risk Taking Good?

Is Risk Taking Good?

Asking the question, is risk taking good for kids is critical to changing our society’s paranoid perspective on risk.  The bottom line is if there’s something in our society that we need to change quickly for the health of our children, it’s our perception of children and risk.   I don’t know about you but […]

How Do I Develop My Child’s Talents?

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
How Do I Develop My Child’s Talents?

Perhaps you’ve just watched your little one in the school play and you think wow, he can really act and sing too!  The next question you need to ask is, how do I develop my child’s talents?  Knowing how to develop a child’s talent is an important part of helping children find their place in […]

How Do I Improve My Child’s Imagination?

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
How Do I Improve My Child’s Imagination?

For those of us that had imaginative childhoods, I’m sure one of the biggest questions on any parent’s mind is, how do I improve my child’s imagination?  To me, there is nothing more beautiful than the imagination of a child.  When I was little, at elementary school, I wanted to fly.  The dream of flight […]

How Do You Teach A Child To Be Kind?

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
How Do You Teach A Child To Be Kind?

First think about why you’re teaching morality?   Most parents want their child to be kind, thoughtful and decent to other people and to know right from wrong. In short, to be moral. So the question is, how do you teach a child to be kind?  All parents are attuned to screams of, “I want […]

My Child Is Special

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
My Child Is Special

Is Your Child Really Special? I have to say something scary out there is happening to words and it’s already having a big impact on our kids.  If you’re a mom or dad you’re probably saying it to yourself many times each week.  What is it?  Well, you’re probably saying, my child is special.  Whispering […]

4 Parenting Styles were just the start

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Parenting Advice | No Comments
4 Parenting Styles were just the start

I often hear parents discussing their parenting style like a badge of honour but have you ever wondered where parenting styles come from?  It all started with the 4 parenting styles of authoritative, authoritarian, permissive and uninvolved parenting and their impact on children that was developed in the 1960’s by Diana Buamrind.  She was a […]

How Parenting Worries Reflect Income

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Parenting Advice, Uncategorized | No Comments
How Parenting Worries Reflect Income

You probably don’t think about it much as it’s not on most people’s radar, but have you ever wondered how parenting worries reflect income and if so, what are the differences?  Surely all parents worry about the same things don’t they?  Worries like whether their child goes to sleep or stays asleep or whether they […]