I asked this very question to my husband, and that’s what I want to share with you today.
Plus, I want to let you in on the reasons that this strategy is his favorite strategy, to really let you see that parenting doesn’t have to be hard, using good parenting strategies can be effective, and that you can actually enjoy your parenting.
Let’s get right to it. Let’s head to the show.
Parenting doesn’t have to be hard, using good parenting strategies can be...
Even when your toddler is whining… Even when your toddler is having a tantrum… Even when you’re trying to do 30 billion things at once AND deal with the kids who aren’t sharing or taking turns…
You can find ease and joy and peace in your parenting… EVEN when you’ve got littles at home… Even if they do behaviors that drive you nuts… Even if you currently feel stretched thin.
But how is that possible, you may ask.
There is a truth to your child’s behavior that you have to keep in mind when you’re in the thick of it, when you’re dealing with the messy house, when you’re again dealing with that typical toddler tantrum.
I’m here to empower you in your own parenting, so let’s do that today. Let’s go to the show.
What do you do when you’re dealing with the same behavior in the same situation day after day after day?
When you’ve got these recurring behavior episodes, even if they seem to be pretty mild situations, it can be so easy for your brain to land in the trap of negativity and feelings of loneliness.
So what do you do? What do you do when you have negative behavior on repeat? This is what we’ll be talking about in today’s episode.
Now it’s time to take back some control. Let’s go to the show.
Today’s episode is all about the blame game that we mamas play. Yep, I'm including myself as a participant in this blame game bucket.
Let’s go to the show.
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In my own parenting I am ALL about using strategies that are easy to use, that work at improving behavior in the moment I'm with my toddler, and that help my child with skill development and improve behavior long-term.
Who wouldn’t want less whining and more appropriate communication?!
Let’s go to the show.
Even if your child is wearing underwear and is mostly or completely potty trained, she may still be doing the potty dance.
When she has to go potty, she may fidget and dance around. Or she may walk around in a funny way because she’s trying to hold it. Or she even could be holding herself because she has to go potty but won’t go to the bathroom, or won’t tell you.
This is one of the MOST frequent issues that mamas come to me with. Their child is fully potty trained, she doesn’t have accidents, she’s wearing underwear all day, and yet she won’t ever tell you that she needs to go.
Why is it that your child does this potty dance, is fully potty trained, and won’t tell you that she needs to go? And what can you do about it? That’s what we’ll be talking about today.
While that seems like a great idea and an opportunity that someone should have jumped on a long time ago, the reality of it is that every child is an individual. That means they have their individual personalities, their individual preferences, their individual idiosyncrasies, and their individual needs.
It’s true for potty training as well. You may be holding a so-called potty training “manual” or book, you’ve followed it to a T, and yet your toddler is still not potty trained. What gives?
If you’re in the boat of using more of a child-led or child-initiated potty training method and it’s just not doing the trick, your toddler is still not getting the hang of it after a good consistent effort, keep listening to this episode.
One of the practical ways that you can do this and achieve that success in your parenting and with your toddler’s behavior is through the strategy of choice. Simply providing choices to your toddler.
I’ve talked about this strategy before but today on the show I want to show you how you can use this strategy to work for you and with your own preferences in mind. These strategies are like your best friend. They’re on your side and they have your back. If you feel like these parenting strategies are out to get you or make your life worse, keep listening to the episode.
Alright, now onto the power of choice. Let’s head to the show.
What I know from studying the research (and personally living it out) is that kids - and all people - love and thrive on routine and structure and consistency.
Rules, my friends.
Contrary to what many people believe, rules actually provide freedom. That structure and that consistent expectation provides freedom, not the opposite.
So today on the show I want to give you the how-to for creating effective rules for your toddlers that you can use at home, and I’ll walk you through two different rules I’ve successfully incorporated in my own home with my toddlers.
Yep, these rules actually got rid of some unwanted behaviors that were driving me nuts.
Let’s create some effective rules. Let’s head to the show.
We are wrapping up this year, and with the end of one year comes the beginning of another year.
With a new year comes new goals, aspirations, improvements, and well-being.
I’m certain you’ll feel me in the struggle that I share today. You’re not alone.
Let’s go to the show.