Step Parenting Problems

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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 […]

Teaching Gratitude Makes for Happy Kids

Posted by on Oct 2, 2019 in Uncategorized | No 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’ […]

Ten Tips For Successful Parenting

Posted by on Sep 1, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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 […]

#1 Biggest Parenting Mistake

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Uncategorized | 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 […]

The Secret of Parenting

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | 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 […]

Should You Give Toddlers Choices?

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 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. […]

How To Teach Resilience

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
How To Teach Resilience

Resilience is a 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 their children experience failure end up impacting their child’s ability to deal with the bumps of life […]

Is Democratic Parenting Good?

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

Is democratic parenting good? Today we’re going to ask the question, “Is democratic parenting good?” Well, I love democracy. In fact, I’m a huge fan. I cannot imagine not having any input into what goes on around me, even though that input seems to effect less social change over time. Well, to answer that question, let […]

When To Seek Behaviour Intervention

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 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 […]

How Can I Get My Child To Behave?

Posted by on Aug 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 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 Uncategorized | 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 Uncategorized | No Comments
What To Do With Peer Pressure

As a parent, I’m sure you’ve wondered about your child and what to do about 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 that can […]

The Problem With Parenting Today

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

I made a post on Facebook 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 not […]

Thinking Of Calling Nanny 911’s Number?

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

Are you thinking 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, the children are all sitting […]

How To Build Your Child’s Self Esteem

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 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 […]

Defining Risk

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 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 Uncategorized | 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 […]

What To Do When Your Child Is Bored

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 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 Uncategorized | 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 Uncategorized | 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 […]

How To Stop Being A Hovering Parent

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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 […]

Ways To Make Your Child Happy

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 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 […]

How Do I Develop My Child’s Talents?

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 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 Uncategorized | 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 To Handle A Child That Screams

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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 […]

What Do You Do With A Child That Says No

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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. […]

My Son Won’t Sleep!

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
My Son Won’t Sleep!

Hi Annie,  My son won’t sleep!  He’s 3 1/2 year old and gets up 1-4 times a night comes into our room and says, ‘mom.’  I go back and tuck him in.  Sometimes it’s that easy, other times it’s a battle and he shouts, “I don’t want to go to sleep.” Sometimes he says, “No, go […]

How Can I Help My Child Overcome Fear

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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 Feels Left Out

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
My Child Feels Left Out

When any parent says my child feels left out I feel for them.  Theres no doubt that watching your child being left out of the play is heartbreaking.  All parents want the best for their child and when your child is purposely left out by others, it reminds us of our own painful experiences that […]

My Toddler Won’t Sleep Alone

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
My Toddler Won’t Sleep Alone

  Hi Annie.  My toddler won’t sleep alone.  I have a twenty month old son and a six month old daughter and we’ve just moved house and given our son his own room for the first time, but the trouble is he hates it.  He used to have his bed in our room and I’ve […]

My Sons Keep Fighting

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
My Sons Keep Fighting

Hi Annie, My sons keep fighting! We have a six year old and just-turned-three year old pair of boys. We are at our wits’ end trying to stamp out their extremely physical play and interactions. Our six year old will quietly provoke our three year old until there’s a flurry of hitting, kicking and throwing of […]

My Child Hates The Car Seat

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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 […]

My Child Keeps Interrupting

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
My Child Keeps Interrupting

Hi Annie. My child keeps interrupting. Have you got any ideas about what to you with a child that interrupts all the time? I’m a foster mother and I have a three year old girl that never lets me have a minute on the phone without her constantly pulling at me and interrupting.  She shouts […]

I Need Parenting Help!

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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 […]

How Long Is Too Long In A Baby Swing

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
How Long Is Too Long In A Baby Swing

Hi Annie,  My question is how long is too long in a baby swing?  We have a 3.5 month old baby girl who is content in a baby swing while we eat or make supper. She is also in the swing on occasion during the day while my wife makes lunch, etc.However, my wife said […]

I Can’t Get My Toddler To Sleep

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
I Can’t Get My Toddler To Sleep

Dear Annie. I can’t get my toddler to sleep!  Our 13 month old son started at a Day home 3 weeks ago when I went back to work and he does not seem to be adjusting very well. He cries and cries and he won’t take any naps there, so he is exhausted when we pick […]

My Child Is Out Of Control

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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 […]

I Need A Good Night’s Sleep

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
I Need A Good Night’s Sleep

Hello Annie.  Help! I need a good night’s sleep!  I have a baby boy who will be 6 months on Jan 31 and he is my first child. My question is to do around sleep and not sure if you deal with babes this young? My husband and I have read every book possible, Baby Whisper […]

My Child Sleeps With Me

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
My Child Sleeps With Me

Dear Annie. Congratulations for your website, it is very helpful!  I have a question for you.  My child sleeps with me.  Lately I am having problems as my 15 month old son wakes up crying during the night. At start I thought he was having teething pains but then I have discovered that if I […]

My Son Is Very Disrespectful

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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 Have An Unhappy Baby

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
I Have An Unhappy Baby

Hello Annie, We have 17 week old fraternal twin girls and I have an unhappy baby.  We just  moved the family to Calgary, where we have no support network or friends…and we seem to have a problem with one of the girls. While twin A is always content and happy (and easy to pacify), twin B tends […]

How Do I Stop Siblings From Fighting?

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
How Do I Stop Siblings From Fighting?

Hi Annie. I am a mother of 3 children, a 5 year old girl and twin boys 3 years old and my question is, how do I stop siblings from fighting?  They are busy and a hand full on the best of days. But lately, the boys are wrestling and now fighting( punching) each other constantly. […]

How Do I Get My Child To Sleep By Himself?

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
How Do I Get My Child To Sleep By Himself?

Hi Annie.  I was looking for some information on line or rather some insight and there was your website. My question is, how do I get my child to sleep by himself?  My son is 7 yrs. old. He still needs one of us to lay down with him until he falls asleep. Help!  From the time […]

My Child Won’t Go To Sleep

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
My Child Won’t Go To Sleep

I have a problem in that my child won’t go to sleep.  We have a 15 month old that suddenly started hating to go to sleep and won’t stay asleep. He wakes up wailing, completely unconsolable, throws his soother, his zebra blankie and will reach out to get out of his crib.  He then squirms […]

My Child Won’t Stop Hitting People

My Child Won’t Stop Hitting People

Hi Annie, My child won’t stop hitting people. My son turned three a few weeks ago. The one thing we are struggling with is anger. When he gets hurt physically, if he bumps his head or falls down, or emotionally, if another child pushes him or screams at him, he will start to cry and […]

I Hate Crafts

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
I Hate Crafts

Hi Annie, I feel guilty but I hate crafts.  I’m just no good at them and they bore me!  I get it’s cold and there’s no much else to do so we meet with my girlfriends and their kids a lot for playdates but it’s the same thing, more crafts!   If I see another […]

I Don’t Want To Yell At My Child

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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.

How To Get My Child To Sleep Through The Night?

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
How To Get My Child To Sleep Through The Night?

This question was asked during one of my CTV parenting segments. So, the question was, how to get my child to sleep through the night? Seems easier said than done but like anything with being a parent, consistency is key.  To begin with we’ll take a look at how to get them in bed in […]

How To Help My Child Deal With Change

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
How To Help My Child Deal With Change

Hi Annie, I have a question about how to help my child deal with change? It is soon summer camp season and my five year old son is excited to attend. Last year we found while he LOVES camps, he is always sad to see them end and becomes anxious about the next one- he […]

My Child Won’t Sit On The Potty

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
My Child Won’t Sit On The Potty

Hi Annie, My child won’t sit on the potty. Jade is terrified of the potty and the toilet.  If I ask her if she wants to go without a diaper, she has a meltdown.  She is genuinely scared and although I am in no immediate rush to potty train, I would like to try and […]

How to deal with a picky eater

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
How to deal with a picky eater

My child is a picky eater.  She’s one year old and used to eat anything and now she refuses to eat meat and vegetables (unless they are green).  She could live on pasta and fruit.  What should I do? Thanks Rowena Hi Rowena, I understand how frustrating this is for you and you’re part of a […]

How To Handle Transitions

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
How To Handle Transitions

Hi Annie, I’m looking for some advice on how to handle transitions. I will be returning to work from 2nd Maternity leave in March. My concern is my 5 yr old. She has really enjoyed me being home and being able to pick her up from kindergarten everyday and just having me at home. I […]

My Child Has Food Allergies

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
My Child Has Food Allergies

Hi Annie I’ve recently found out that my child has food allergies.  He’s five and and has high food sensitivities. We have to eliminate dairy, gluten, eggs, and citrus 95% for the next 3-6 months. My son is very sad to see his favourite foods go. How do I help him process this? We have […]

My Child Bites And Pinches

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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 Son Has Low Self Esteem

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
My Son Has Low Self Esteem

Hello Annie, My son has low self esteem.  He’s eight.  I always try to tell him how well he does things yet he does not believe me. He constantly thinks he has to do everything perfect the first time and melts down if he doesn’t. Do you have any solutions or recommend any good books […]

My Child Won’t Sleep!

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
My Child Won’t Sleep!

Hi Annie, My child won’t sleep!  My daughter is one and I can’t get her on a decent sleeping schedule. Any suggestions?  Michelle. Hello Michelle,  Thanks for the question.  I don’t have a lot of information to go on here so I’m going to do my best surmising what may be happening to you.  One year […]

What To Do About Child Clothing Sensitivity

Posted by on Jul 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
What To Do About Child Clothing Sensitivity

Hello Annie.  My 7 year old granddaughter is having daily battles with her parents about getting dressed.  It’s just I don’t know what to do about child clothing sensitivity.  Each day is at least a half hour of yelling, screaming and crying. They have purchased the clothes she picks out and “wants” but it has […]

My Kid Won’t Listen!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
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 […]

4 Parenting Styles were just the start

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 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 Income Changes What Parents Worry About

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments
How Income Changes What Parents Worry About

You probably don’t think about it much as it’s not on most people’s radar, but have you ever wondered how income changes what parents worry about 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 […]

Five Tips For A Guilt-Free Summer With Kids

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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 […]