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Six Tips For Getting Ready To Be A Parent

This is the information I really wish I had, and desperately needed, when I was pregnant. (This is a picture of me the night I went to a Police reunion concert six days before my due date!) I remember the first time I became pregnant. As an “older mom,” (I was thirty-five) I was very concerned [...]

October 29th, 2015|Experiences in Action|0 Comments

How To Get Children Reading When They Won’t Sit Still

Do you have a child who is constantly on the go? Here are ten suggestions to making sure they learn to read well. When I was a school counsellor, part of my job was to support teachers who had students that had a hard time sitting still. I encouraged those teachers not to attempt to [...]

October 19th, 2015|Experiences in Action|1 Comment

Win A Signed Copy of Jimmy Fallon’s book: Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada

Tonight Show funny man, Jimmy Fallon, poured his creative energy into a cute book for toddlers called, Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada. Frustrated that his now-two-year-old daughter, Winnie, said, “mama” as her first word, he was determined to change that for his second daughter, Franny. Fallon admitted that it is obvious what this [...]

September 22nd, 2015|Experiences in Action|19 Comments

Parenting: The Scariest and Most Wonderful Experience Of My Life

-This is a picture of the day we brought our youngest son home from the hospital. My boys are six and eight-years-old now. I had my scariest moment as a parent last night. I went into my boy’s room (they prefer to sleep in the same room) just before going to sleep as I usually [...]

August 2nd, 2015|Experiences in Action|0 Comments

What To Do When A Child Won’t Listen

One of the most common requests I get from parents is, "I've tried everything and my child still won't listen. What can I do?" There are several factors involved in a child's willingness to cooperate. A child not doing what she is told is less about "not listening" and more about how able she feels [...]

August 1st, 2015|Experiences in Action|0 Comments

Preventing Tantrum Escalation

Even if you have filled your child's ALIVE tanks and have made sure to avoid situations that might compromise your child (hungry, tired, over-stimulated, overwhelmed), tantrums happen. This is normal. Here are suggestions to try preventing tantrums from escalating while protecting the secure attachment you have built with your child. Acknowledge that your child is angry—that alone [...]

July 30th, 2015|Experiences in Action|0 Comments

How To Build A Strong Parent-Teacher Relationship

The relationship between a parent and their child's teachers is important for that child's development and fostering a life-long love of learning. It helps children relax when they know the various people they spend all day with are on the same page. Also, you don't want to be known as a rude, absent or obnoxious [...]

July 29th, 2015|Experiences in Action|0 Comments

Is Your Teen Getting Enough Sleep?

Here’s a little sleep quiz: 1) Do you know the number of hours of sleep that teens need to function properly and for good health? 2) Do you know the number of hours of sleep most teens are actually getting? 3) Do you know why most teens are sleep deprived? Answers: 1)   9 2)   7 [...]

July 29th, 2015|Experiences in Action|0 Comments

What To Do When Parents Don’t Agree

A common challenge parents have is what to do when two partners cannot agree on things like discipline styles, communication methods or co-sleeping. The most stark difference I have seen is when one parent does not spank the children, but the other does. Regardless of my opinion on spanking, which you can read about here, [...]

July 29th, 2015|Experiences in Action|4 Comments

Murphy’s Law For Parents of Three-Year-Olds

I am going to take my parenting "expert" hat off and put my mom of a three-year-old hat on. I've been feeling under the weather, and although I'm a glass-half-full kind of gal, started to write these to make myself laugh. I hope you have some chuckles too. And, yes, these did actually happen. -Murphy's [...]

June 18th, 2015|Experiences in Action|0 Comments