5 Reasons to Ditch Distraction

No Bad Kids by Janet Lansbury I am reading No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury who teaches the importance of toddler discipline based on the RIE principles of Magda Gerber. Ms. Lansbury explains why using redirection or distraction is not a good way to handle misbehavior in children for the long-term. […]

Why Kids Don’t Listen When You Say “No”

Don’t Allow Kids to Negotiate In the book, Ignore It!: How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction author Catherine Pearlman explains that giving attention to children doesn’t necessarily mean happier and healthier kids. Selective ignoring bad, attention seeking behaviors helps minimize or eliminate the unwanted behaviors and increases […]

Don’t Redirect Autistic or ADHD Behaviors — Just Ignore Them! Oh

Ignore It! By Catherine Pearlman I love the discipline book Ignore It!: How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction. The book discusses selective ignoring to help curb frustrating behaviors in healthy children and I will be reviewing the book this upcoming Saturday on our column “Weekly Trip to […]

Opinion-Shopping: When Kids Ask Parents Although the Nanny Already Gave Them an Answer

Nanny Confessions: Back Me Up I confess there are few things as annoying as when the kids call their parents because I didn’t give them the answer they wanted. My Dad Boss calls it opinion-shopping: when kids keep asking the adults in charge a question that was already answered by another adult, to try to get […]

8 Things to Do When Kids Don’t Respect You or Your Job

How to React to Disrespectful Nanny Kids I have often heard little kids yelling at their nannies saying they can get them fired when they are angry with them. I have also heard children yell, “I don’t have to listen to you! You are only a nanny!” When I have asked some kids to clean […]

Do the Kids You Care for Talk-Back?

How to Respond to Disrespectful Behavior I care for a four-year-old with a terrible habit of whining, a moody tween, and a teen that talks-back. I admit when the teen talks-back it enrages me. I know it’s normal for youngsters to whine and for tweens to be moody so why do I have so much […]

How To Use Time-Outs With Toddlers

Heidi Murkoff’s Way to Teach Limits In the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Fourth Edition by Heidi Murkoff the author explains that got an opinion on this controversial topic of time-outs, but done right, time-outs can be an effective way to teach limits. Murkoff says that the key is to think of time-out not […]