1. Moody Kids: How to Respond to Pouting, Whining, and Sulking

    Pouting, whining, and sulking are three of the most annoying ways that kids communicate their displeasure, anger, or frustration with a situation. This behavior is not just limited to young children, either—teens do it because they haven’t always learned the skills to express their frustration in an appropriate way. Simply...
  2. Parenting Advice: Explain Yourself Once and Move On

    Here’s a piece of parenting advice I often find myself giving to the parents I coach: Explain yourself once to your child and then move on. You usually can’t end an argument—or make a child do something—by trying to make them understand and agree with you. The fact is, they...
  3. Narcissistic Children and Teens: Does Your Child Act Entitled?

    Why do so many kids act entitled? No matter what they get—clothes, sneakers, toys, gadgets—they seem to want more, and they don’t understand why they can’t have it immediately. It can be incredibly frustrating when your child reacts with a bad attitude or acting-out behaviour when you say “no” to...
  4. The ODD Child and Sibling Fighting: 5 Survival Tips

    We’ve all heard the following phrases from our kids: “Stop touching me!” “Give that back!” “Knock it off!” “MOM, he took my stuff!” “DAD, she won’t stay on her side of the car!” Sometimes it’s simply annoying and frustrating, like fingernails on a chalkboard. Other times, arguments cross the line...
  5. Kids Stealing from Parents: What You Need to Know

    Has your child been caught stealing from you or someone else? Have you found him using your credit card for online gaming, taking money from your wallet without asking, or even taking big-ticket items from your house? The anger, disappointment, and lack of trust you feel can be destructive for...
  6. Are You Doing Too Much for Your Child?

    As parents, many of us do things for our kids that we were able and expected to do for ourselves when we were children. Our parents didn’t often feel the need to negotiate with our sports coach, solve our every problem, or entertain us in our free time. A big...
  7. Do You Dread Coming Home To Your Kids?

    “On the way home from work every day, I start getting stressed out because I know that my 15-year-old son will be there waiting, ready to start a fight with me. There are times when I just want to turn the car around and not deal with him anymore, but...
  8. Homework and Bedtime Arguments: 8 Tips for Calmer Nights with Kids

    “Why can’t I get my kids to get their homework done and off to bed without the constant screaming, bickering, and crying?” If you’ve asked yourself this question regularly, you’re not alone. Parents tell me that homework and bedtime battles are some of the most nerve-wracking, exhausting moments of parenthood....

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