Toilet Training Troubles

Toilet Training Troubles

Is your child having toilet training troubles? This letter is from a mom in Spain who has toilet training troubles with her two year old and asks what to do with her son who won’t ask to use the potty on his own. I’ve been on the road to potty training my 34 month old […]

How Can I Get My Kids To Listen?

How Can I Get My Kids To Listen?

Here’s a question from Nancy as she asks, how can I get my kids to listen?  It’s a very common question and here’s my answer. Question:  How can I get my kids to listen? Hi Annie, I’ve got 3 kids, my oldest is turning 4 in January, the middle is 2 and my youngest is […]

How To Handle A Temper Tantrum In Public

How To Handle A Temper Tantrum In Public

Would you like to know how to handle a temper tantrum in public? Let’s first acknowledge there is nothing worse than being faced with how to handle a temper tantrum in public.  All those judgmental eyes starting at you and the half whispered comments just at the moment when you’re standing there and your toddler’s […]

Child Says Hurtful Things

Child Says Hurtful Things

Would you like to know what to do when your child says hurtful things? Words can be hurtful and none so more than when you’re called mean or kids say they hate you.  So if any parent says their child says hurtful things, here’s my advice on how to save their feelings and stop the […]

How To Stop Night Time Tantrums

How To Stop Night Time Tantrums

Would you like to know how to stop night time tantrums? When you’re faced with a question like how to stop night time tantrums, it’s likely you’re exhausted.  You’ve probably been up night after night, wishing and hoping that for just once your child would finally go to sleep without it being an enormous battle […]

Step Parenting Problems

Step Parenting Problems

Interested in solving step parenting problems? Step parenting problems are very common when families morph their structure and it often takes considerable time to build the cohesion necessary for a workable family unit.  Remember there are different personalities at play and no matter how hard you try you can only do your best if you’re […]

How To Get Your Child To Listen

How To Get Your Child To Listen

How to get your child to listen is a question that keeps many parents up at night. It’s frustrating when kids simply don’t listen to you and you end up having to say the same thing over and over again.  Here’s a question from Nancy. Hi Annie, I’ve got 3 kids, my oldest is turning […]

My Son Hits My Daughter

My Son Hits My Daughter

Siblings fighting usually drives most parents up a wall and getting a question like what do I do when my son hits my daughter, is an extremely common parenting question.  Usually it’s an odd hit or push there but sometimes the behaviour becomes extreme and then it becomes a far bigger parent problem to solve. […]

How Do You Stop A Child Interrupting

How Do You Stop A Child Interrupting

Dear Annie, I am looking for some advise or suggestions on how to teach my 6 year old about personal space. He is a very social child, enjoys being around kids adults etc. however he always seems to need to get the attention of others.  When he arrives at school he yells, hugs and just acts […]

How To Handle A Child That Screams

How To Handle A Child That Screams

Annie – I’d like to know how to handle a child that screams.  Specifically, my 19 month old niece has a screaming problem.  She will for no reason scream and it is a piercing scream and her parents don’t know what to do about it. It is very disruptive and when we are all having […]

My Child Won’t Get Ready For School

My Child Won’t Get Ready For School

Hi Annie,  I hope you are having a great day!  I have a question for you.  I’d really appreciate your advice as my child won’t get ready for school.  He’s  6 years old and I’m having a hard time getting him to get ready for school every morning.   He is very particular about his pants.  The […]

What Do You Do With A Child That Says No

What Do You Do With A Child That Says No

Hi Annie.  I hope you are having a great day!   My question is, what do you do with a child that says no?  Our son is seven.   We taught our kids to believe that they are the boss of themselves mostly in terms of bullying but we told them that they are in control […]

My Son Won’t Do As He’s Told

My Son Won’t Do As He’s Told

Hello. I have a four year old son who is in preschool and has a VERY dominant personality. The bottom lines is my son won’t do as he’s told.  He has troubles listening and following the rules.  He wants to do his own things his own way. He has this problem at home as well. […]

How Can I Help My Child Overcome Fear

How Can I Help My Child Overcome Fear

Hi Annie, I have a question.  How can I help my child overcome fear?  Recently my son has started to get really worried about me. I had to help clean up after a party the other night and left after the fireworks and my husband put him to bed.  He cried for two straight hours […]

My Child Is Mean To Others

My Child Is Mean To Others

  Hi Annie, I don’t know what to do because my child is mean to others.  Today the teacher pulled me aside and told me that my three year old son was taking toys away from other kids and every time this one little girl would make something out of play dough, he would smash […]

My Child Uses Bad Language

My Child Uses Bad Language

Hey Annie, My child uses bad language. I mean, what do you do with a three year old with a dirty mouth? My three year old keeps saying the same bad word around family and it’s super embarassing. Have you got any suggestions for me? Jenna (Calgary) Hi Jenna, Firstly ask yourself where your child […]

My Child Hates The Car Seat

My Child Hates The Car Seat

Hi Annie, The problem is this, my child hates the car seat.  She’s two.  Every time we go on a trip she screams that she wants out.  We’ve tried various ways to help her enjoy the trip such as car snacks, toys and games, but it doesn’t work. It’s makes car trips a nightmare and […]

My Child Whines

My Child Whines

Hi Annie, My child whines.  In fact both my kids have a real problem with whining. When my daughter went through it, I thought it was a stage and it would stop by itself, but it hasn’t.  She’s now five and my son is copying the habit and he’s only two. I’m a single mom and […]

How Do I Stop My Child Being Irritating?

How Do I Stop My Child Being Irritating?

Hi Annie How do I stop my child being irritating?  I have two kids. My daughter is nine and my son is five. I have a problem in that my daughter irritates my son all the time.  She doesn’t mean to, but she mothers him so much that he just loses his temper and starts […]

My Child Lives In A Fantasy World

My Child Lives In A Fantasy World

Dear Annie  My child lives in a fantasy world.  She’s five years old and a very cute and adorable girl. I love her so much and treat her as a princess. She was fascinated in the beginning to go to school.  However, after a couple of months, she started hating school and her teacher called us saying […]

I Need Help With My Daughter’s Behaviour

I Need Help With My Daughter’s Behaviour

Hello Annie.  I need help with my daughter’s behaviour.  I find myself at times screaming and yelling and it is the exact opposite of what I want to do. My girls are VERY BUSY and are always into things, climbing on things and one has now started ripping up her books. I have found that my […]

I Need Parenting Help!

I Need Parenting Help!

Hi Annie, I live in Chicago so I am not near you, but maybe you could point me in the direction I need. I have 3 children. 12, 4, and 16 mo and I need parenting help!  I am a stay at home mom that never seems to accomplish anything.  My 12 year old is […]

I Can’t Potty Train My Son

I Can’t Potty Train My Son

Dear Annie, We have a wonderful 3 year old boy that we are at odds over potty training with. The issue is, I can’t potty train my son or at least both of us are having difficulty. Both my husband and I have been watching for the typical signs of readiness and thought we were […]

I Need Help With My Children’s Behaviour

I Need Help With My Children’s Behaviour

Dear Annie, We are an Indian family living in Bahrain and I need help with my children’s behaviour.  We have two school going sons aged 6+ and 3+ years and a daughter of 3+ months. Our elder son who is in 2nd standard, is a quiet kid but he cannot concentrate on what he is […]

Child Has No Respect

Child Has No Respect

Hello Annie, My best friend has adopted a girl from China. Her daughter is 10 years old now and the child has no respect! She has ADHD, high functioning autism, and many other diagnoses. She is out of control and has no respect for her mother. Her mother wants to change things but when this kid […]

My Child Is Out Of Control

My Child Is Out Of Control

Hi there!  I am a mother of two and my child is out of control!  She is a diva!  My son will be 4 in November and my daughter will be 2 1/2. My husband and I are in our 30’s and have really enjoyed parenthood for the most part. My daughter has always been […]

My Child Is Driving Me Crazy!

My Child Is Driving Me Crazy!

Hi Annie.  My child is driving me crazy.  My four year old daughter’s behaviour is very trying. She hits an awful lot, and although it is playful it is also hurtful. She has a 15-month-old brother with whom she is very rough, and he enjoys the rough-housing but of course occasionally he gets hurt. Worse, […]

My Son Is Very Disrespectful

My Son Is Very Disrespectful

Hi Annie.  My son is very disrespectful to me.  He’s 3.5 year old. He roars, swears and has tantrums at the drop of a hat. He does not act this way towards his father. I am wondering if there is any advice you can give me. We also have a two year old boy who […]

I Don’t Want To Yell At My Child

I Don’t Want To Yell At My Child

  Hi Annie,  I don’t want to yell at my child but I’d like to know how to get my eight year old boy to do things without me having to yell at him?  It’s not like he doesn’t hear me the first time. Hi Lesley, I know what you mean.  Many parents say to me, I […]

Help My Child Won’t Poop

Help My Child Won’t Poop

Hi Annie Help my child won’t poop!  How do I get my FIVE year old to poop? Doctors say it is behaviour related, nothing medical.

My Child Vomits When Upset.

My Child Vomits When Upset.

Hi Annie, I have 3 kids aged 8, 6 & 2 1/2 and my child vomits when upset. On top of that we are having a lot of issues with all 3 of them but right now, my biggest issue is that I can not get my 2 1/2 year old daughter to stop breastfeeding and that’s […]

How Do I Handle Toddler Tantrums?

How Do I Handle Toddler Tantrums?

Hi Annie, How do I handle toddler tantrums?  I think that I usually handle my almost 2 year olds tantrums quite well as I ignore her, but I struggle when dealing with this in public. I find it challenging to manage the staring and questioning of ‘who’s kid is that?’ That’s particularly the case when […]

My Child Bites And Pinches

My Child Bites And Pinches

Hi Annie, My child bites and pinches.  She’s  2 years and 3 months old.  How do I stop it?  Please.  Thanks, Sasha Hi Sasha, That’s a great question and the answer lies in understanding that your child is entering a new stage. In babyhood, you did everything for your child. You provided love, cuddles and took care […]

My Kid Won’t Listen!

My Kid Won’t Listen!

Hi Annie, My kid won’t listen.  She is 19 months.  She throws her food on the floor after eating and won’t stop no matter what I do.  She is starting to hit and won’t say sorry afterwards.  She is quite the stubborn cookie!  Having said that, she is a great, happy girl though.  Thanks Rowena. […]

My Two Year Old is Out of Control!

My Two Year Old is Out of Control!

Hi there Annie, My two year old is out of control so I’m seeking help for my boy who will be 3 in April. I feel like he’s totally out of control and I have tried everything I can possibly think of to get him to change.  It seems as though he spends most of […]