Mantras for Mamas: Banish Working Mom Guilt ASAP

  The Mother Lode (of Working Mom Guilt) With motherhood comes an onslaught of emotions. Depending on the circumstances, we feel everything from joy to dread. But perhaps the one emotion that strikes the hardest and most often is guilt. “Mom guilt” can be defined as what a mother feels any time she opts to […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 5: Applying Brene Brown’s Empathy and Shame Research for Realistic Expectations

Wherever I look, I see signs of the commandment to honor one’s parents and nowhere of a commandment that calls for the respect of a child. -Alice Miller Recently my two-year-old dashed up to me, wrapped her short little arms around my neck and said, “Mom, you’re my best friend.”  My heart nearly burst. I […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 4: Creating Consequences with purpose Through John Gottman’s Emotion Coaching

It’s okay to be angry, it’s not not not okay to hurt someone. -Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood When using an authoritative approach to parenting as described in part 3, it’s important for parents to keep in mind their long-term goals. Children need to immediately stop harmful, destructive, or unkind behavior, but it is also important for […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 2: Preventing Misbehavior Through Skinner’s Schedules of Reinforcement

If we don’t shape our kids, they will be shaped by outside forces that don’t care what shape our kids are in. ~ Dr. Louise Hart ~ This post is part of a five-part series. Part 1 is available here. Be sure to also check out the post on why punishment is harmful. Psychologists have […]

10 Instagram #ParentFails that will make you LAUGH OUT LOUD

We’ve searched Instagram high and low to find this weeks best #ParentFail posts! Can you relate? Tell us in the comments your favorite picture and your own #parentfail! Subscribe to our newsletter to hear our favorite monthly hashtag!     10. When your kid spills the family “crs wrds” ??  ? I’m actually dying!???#dinafamilyrules#whatdotheseteachersthink #thingskidswrite #parentsoftheyear#parentfail A post […]

Three Reasons to give your Toddler TV Time Every Day

Not all screen-time is created equal. Some can actually be helpful! One 2016 study found that coviewing 10 episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood with a parent over a 2 week period benefited children in three profound ways.