Getting Kids to Listen & Comply: 5 Helpful Tips

I hear theses phrases a lot from parents. “Why won’t my kid listen?” or “How can I get my child to listen to me?” Typically, my first response is, “Do you want him to listen or to comply?” Because often, children are listening to what their grown ups are saying. For better and for worse. But do Read More

The Importance of Knowing What is Developmentally Appropriate

Every few weeks, during sessions with parents or children, I say something that has a parent reacting: “Wow! Really?”  Typically, I’m not saying something I think is shocking or unusual.  But there is so much information, advice, parent peer pressure, and “the-right-way-to-do-it” messaging out there, that parents are surprised when they hear something different.  Here Read More

Setting The Stage for Potty Training Success

What makes for potty training success?  Following your child’s lead! Generally, we see the signs that a child is ready between 2 and 4 years of age.  As you begin to recognize that your child is ready for potty training, it’s time to set the stage.  How do you do that?  Follow these three steps. Read More

Siblings: Navigating Rivalry and Encouraging Positive Relationships Workshop 6-3-14 with Seleni Institute

Siblings: Navigating Rivalry and Encouraging Positive Relationships  $50, Tuesday, June 3, 6:00-7:30pm *This workshop will be live streamed. Register In this workshop with Dana Rosenbloom, M.S. Ed., parents will consider areas for reflection and strategies to use immediately when supporting young siblings. You’ll think about children’s roles in the family, labeling, and the concept of “fair but Read More

Guest Post: How to Survive Being a Caregiver for a Loved One

Recently, I heard about Cameron Von St. James and his family, and was completely blown away by their story and courage.  When Cameron offered to write a post about caregiving, I couldn’t wait to read it.  I truly believe his message and tips are as true for people who care for young children, as they Read More

Just Parent, No Philosophy Required

As all of my clients have heard me say repeatedly…it’s not about what the experts say is the “right” way to parent, it’s about YOUR family, YOUR child, and YOUR parenting goals. When you’re not sure how to put it all together, a professional can be a terrific support. But at the end of the Read More

Life After EI: What’s Next?

Life After EI: What’s Next? Does your child receive Early Intervention services? Will he or she turn 3 in 2013? Come hear a free presentation by Sarah Birnbaum of New York Special Needs Support on how to: Figure out whether your child will still need services after EI Obtain the best evaluations and guidance Find Read More

Two New Events With Happy Family Organic Superfoods

Child Milestones Twitter Party School is getting closer and that means lots of changes for parents sending their children off to school for the first time. Whether its a Mommy and Me program, full time preschool or sending your baby off to kindergarten there will be a lot of changes in your child’s behavior.  Our Read More

A Case Against Time Out

During the month of August, I’ll be discussing positive discipline with  HAPPYFAMILY! Check out my thoughts on Time Outs http://ow.ly/cNi1l How do you handle your child when they are not listening? Keep an eye on the website for information about two upcoming events and a GIVEAWAY!