I brushed my teeth! I did my homework! I didn’t hit her! Does your child tell a lie too easily? Do lies just pour out of your child’s mouth? It is not uncommon for children to lie to get out of trouble, but some kids get way too comfortable telling lies.
What are you supposed to do if your kids fight? Are you destined to listen to that bickering forever or can you do do something to help their relationship? There are some things that we as parents can do to decrease the frequency of how often our kids fight. We can take some subtle steps to improve their bond. Here are a few.
When your kids forget their homework, are you quick to rush home and hand deliver it? When your kids have an argument with their best friend are you immediately on the phone with their mom trying to reach a resolution? How often are you rescuing your kids? As parents, we don’t want to see our children fail. We don’t want them to experience the pain we had to go through. We want to rescue them from the mistakes we made. But what if our well-intentioned behaviors have the opposite effect? What if it actually has the power to harm our children and make them ill-prepared for life?
Some kids are anxious right out of the womb. Anxious toddlers can be difficult to parent because they don’t have the language yet to express how they feel. They are more sensitive. They are pickier. They are more overwhelmed. And all of those emotions are wrapped up in a 3-foot tall little person with newly developed language and no self-regulation. Yikes! That is a recipe for disaster.
Toddlers are my favorite little people. I can say that because my last child has finally moved out of that stage and I am now [sniffle, sniffle] toddler-less. A funny thing happens when you are no longer in the throes of toddlerhood – you see toddlers in a whole new light.
When you are knee deep in toddlerhood, you often miss the cute innocence of toddlers. You might miss the hysterical way they try to exert their independence. You probably see no humor when they fall to the ground and forget how to walk or how they have no filter when they talk to strangers.
If I had a penny for every time a parent asked this I would have, well – a lot of pennies! Who doesn’t want to know how to raise kids who won’t talk back? When kids talk back it can send us into a tailspin. Not only is it disrespectful, but it can make us feel like we are failing as a parent. And that is never a good thing, right? So, what is the magic secret sauce to raise respectful, polite children? If you are wondering how to discipline kids who won’t talk back, you are missing the bigger picture.
Many of us are having kids spread far apart. Some of us are just taking a big break in between kids and some of us are starting a new chapter, with a new relationship. Regardless of the reason, more and more of us are dealing with toddlers and teens [gulp] at the same time. So how do you help your kids deal with a large sibling age gap?
In this week’s episode of Ask the Child Therapist, I am answering the question, “How can I help my child with perfectionism?” From perfectionist toddlers to perfectionist teens – children who strive to be perfect are over stressed. Child perfectionism causes tantrums, meltdowns and late nights full of worries. Does your child show signs of perfectionism? Here are some quick tips on how to help.
We all want to keep out kids safe, but how do you do that effectively. Here are the best tips to follow.
Do you walk on eggshells trying to help your anxious child? Do you ask yourself, how do I help my anxious kid? There are some simple things you can do to help your child beat anxiety. Here are a few.
Are you tired of being ignored? Are you tired of shouting? In this episode of Ask the Therapist, I talk about three simple steps to get kids to listen. It is time to save your voice and get effective. Wouldn’t that be nice?
In episode 3 of Ask the Child Therapist, we talk about how to help your aggressive child.
In this week’s episode of Ask the Therapist a reader asks how to help her daughter overcome her fear of dogs. Do you have a child with a phobia or fear? Learn how to help your child.
In this episode I will answer how to help your child is they are scared to try new things, how a child is born with anxiety and how to help kids socially.