Getting Out of Trouble

As my children get a better grasp on conversation, emotion and dare I say logic, they are starting to dictate our movements more and more, wriggling out of tough situations, testing avenues and words to see what will let them do the most damage and get in the least amount of trouble. Here are a few of their favorites: They'll do something they're not supposed to do, and I'll tell them not to do that. Response: "No, I just" (insert bland, non-troublesome activity here, that happens to also be taking place due to their actions.) ...more

Toddler Tricks - 59: Pay Attention

This is another way to stop the repetition, repetition, tantrum sequence. ...more

Delving into the World of Twin Toddlers

This, I'm sure, is mainly a twin phenomenon but parents with singletons born close together probably go through it as well. It takes up so much of my time that I honestly wonder what toddlers that aren't twins even have to talk about, ask about or whine about. My kids having an identical counterpoint certainly defines our entire lives, day by day. Here are a few examples of problems I have dealt with, just this morning: "Bon dia, mama, hug?" Dulce crawls onto me in the bed. "Nooooo. It's my turn! My hug!" Natalina starts screaming by the bedside....more

With Toddlers, Sweat the Small Stuff

Living with a toddler is like playing an intricate game of chess where at any time your opponent could render the entire game moot by throwing all the pieces in your face and tossing the board aside before stomping to her room. I admit, I spend a lot of time carefully determining where I put that pawn each day so that eventually my queen gets my toddlers' king in checkmate. Usually, I'm not careful enough and the pieces lie scattered around my feet as I look to the heavens and ask...why? ...more

The Day Between Sickness and Wellness

We've been sick here. Very sick. Having lived in a germ-free bubble for the most of the last year means that one of the twins invariably picks up a virus or two whenever we come into contact with the outside world.This time I'm sure the culprit was water day held at the preschool's summer camp....more

Permissive Parents: Beat your Brats

Okay, so maybe LZ Granderson said "Curb your Brats" in the title, but if you read even a bit of his obviously enhanced-for-web-traffic piece, you'll see that I'm not so far off.Granderson says he has an issue with parents unable or unwilling to discipline their children. If this were really the case, I'd back him up 100 percent. But that's not what I got from his unsubstatiated, anecdotal diatribe....more

How to Handle Violent Children

Do you have a violent toddler, child, teen?  What's violent compared to one with a temper?  Violence usually includes harming others, people or animals.  It can have a sadistic element and can be quite disturbing.Of course you know I'm going to tell you to stay calm.  It's all about energy levels.  If you match your violent child's level of energy it's only going to make matters worse.  Put on your acting cap and stay as calm and controlled as possible....more

How to Handle Tantrums

Like with just about anything, there are good ways to deal with tantrums, and bad ways to deal with tantrums. I have some effective ways of not only dealing with tantrums in the moment, but lessening their frequency and intensity, if not stopping them altogether.There's a bit of short term pain for long term gain with this one so be prepared. It's well worth it as if you follow my advice you could have a tantrum-free family. That means less chaos, less stress, and more manners....more

Potty Training in 2 Days

My “Potty Party Manual, How to Potty Train in 2 days” is now available.  This is my first book which is just an extension of the potty training advice in my Toddler DVD.  ...more

Teaching through Toys

"Where are we going today?" asks my husband in a deep voice while holding the Superman doll."Swimming! The beach!" the babies shout."Okay then. Let's get in the car. Come on, Supergirl! Get in the car!" My husband switches to a falsetto. "No, I want mommy to strap me in. No no no. Crying. Waaaaah. I'm going to cry!"The babies look up, confused."No, Supergirl. Mommy doesn't have to always strap you in. Sometimes Daddy straps you in. If you are going to cry, we'll just stay home. Okay, fine. We're staying home.""No!" the babies shout. "Go beach!...more