Category: Behavior, Discipline & Sleep

Potty training regression: possible causes and what to do about it

While nighttime control often occurs years later, mastering daytime bladder and bowel control is a process which takes, on average, six months for a child to complete. Urine and stool accidents are common during those months and should be expected.

Toilet training regression, however, is defined as loss of these daytime skills long after the process is complete. It is understandably frustrating and concerning for parents when their child, several months diaper-free, suddenly refuses to...

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 1:12 PM by Tim Porter

This is how to parent without guilt or anger & more 1-2-3 Magic tips

Anyone who is a parent knows that the job is tough. Really tough. If we moms and dads were really honest with ourselves, we'd have to admit that we had almost no idea what we were getting into when we brought that first baby home.

The old saying about kids not coming with a training manual is true. And the problem of "What do I do with this kid?" is intensified for parents in our contemporary rush-rush, worry-worry world. The problem is that when parents don't quite know what they're d...

Posted on March 18, 2018 at 7:07 AM by Thomas Phelan

Why kids lie, and why it's okay

“Rachel did it,” I insisted, at three years old, when my parents asked why there was blue ink on our ecru walls and white couch. I was informing them that my sister, their devious daughter, was to blame. After a booming count to three (my father’s timeframe to “come clean”), I was punished for vandalism—and lying.

As a child psychologist, I ask parents to list the concerns they have about their child. Although they may report behaviors such as yelling, hitting, or throwing tantrums, th...

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 9:48 AM by David Meyerson

Get ahead of falling back: Preparing for Daylight Saving Time

On Sunday, November 5 at 2am, Daylight Saving Time ends—and for parents, this means a lot more than simply setting the clock back an hour.

“Time change can have a drastic impact on children, especially young children who easily become overtired,” said Mahdi Dadrass, Executive Director and Co-Founder of South Loop Montessori School. “More than just cranky moods or unpredictable temper tantrums, restlessness can drive habit-creating challenges that impede upon learning, impact social int...

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 3:07 PM

3 steps to make your child bully-proof

As parents, we want our children to be happy. We want them to have friends. We want them to feel part of the group. The last thing we want is for our children to feel like they are on the outside looking in or, worse yet, being the victim of a bully.

Why are some children the target of negative attention in the form of bullying or exclusion from peers, while others seem to escape this experience? After working with hundreds of families, I’ve observed that on some level, children who su...

Posted on October 02, 2017 at 1:25 PM by Jill M Hope

Toilet choosing vs. toilet training: What’s the difference?

*SPONSORED POST BY SMART LOVE PRESCHOOL*
 

There are countless decisions parents have to make in order to raise happy and competent children. But, thanks to a process called “toilet choosing,” there is one decision that parents don’t need to make—when their child learns to use the toilet!

What is toilet choosing?
Toilet choosing allows your child to choose to use the toilet when she is ready to do so instead of training her according to a set timetable.

All children naturally...

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 10:27 AM by Kelly Perez

Signs of undiagnosed ADHD, anxiety & learning disorders in kids

Many parents have questions about their child’s behaviors, feelings, thoughts and academic progress. You may have asked yourself many times, Is this normal? Will my child just grow out of it? Children have robust and complex emotional worlds and they can suffer from emotional and neurodevelopmental illnesses just like adults. Here is a list of a few things to pay attention to if you are concerned about your child:   

Your gut feeling
The most significant, reliable and valid warning si...

Posted on April 05, 2017 at 7:00 AM by Matthew Hefferon

5 simple ways to help your picky eater become more adventurous

When my eldest, Jack, was a toddler, I thought I had it all figured out. He was (and is) curious, easy going and eager to please. Naturally, these temperamental qualities translate to him being a good and adventurous eater.

As a dietitian, I gave myself a big ol’ pat on the back. Surely, his good eating skills were because of me, right?

Well—go figure—kid No. 2 had different ideas in mind. My girl, Caitlin, is sweet, observant and smart, but she’s stubborn as all get-out. Plus, she ...

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 12:49 PM by Laura Hoover

Limit screen time for a happier, healthier kid

Photo credit: Zach Frailey/Flickr

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) changed its rules for screen time for children to meet more modern times. Much has changed since I had my first child in 2007, back when iPhones had just come out and iPads did not exist. Establishing healthy screen time boundaries has been a priority for me from the beginning.

As a health educator, I have read up on the studies about too much screen time. It can lead to attention problems, sleep di...

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 2:59 PM by Jasmine Jafferali

I feel no guilt about my kids' screen time

Photo credit: Rafiq Sarlie/Flickr

More than 30 percent of children in the United States play with mobile devices while still in diapers.

You may have seen older news reports in which the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that children under two shouldn’t have any screen time, and older children and teens should be limited to no more than two hours of screen time a day. Just months ago, the AAP changed what it considers its “outdated” policies.

I’ve never been guilt...

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 2:38 PM by Eirene Heidelberger