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Parenting in Challenging Times

 
It’s been a week ‍. Between the stock market tanking and fears of COVID-19, it’s a bit nuts out there. It can be hard to know what exactly to tell your kids in times like these. Some people minimize it, assuring their kids that they are going to “be okay.” Others tell their kids detailed information. Which is better? Listen to this video blog for a few practical things you can start doing right away.
 
As a sneak peak, one of the ways you can minimize stress in your home is to work with your families to create a daily schedule . Find out more about this and other things you can do to get through, as we all adjust to our new normal. 
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Does Intuitive Eating Work With Kids?

 
The cultural norm when I was a child was processed food. At the time the craze was fat free food, but people did not seem to care if it was processed or not. Fast forward to today, some people have become so obsessed with clean eating that they have developed eating disorders. In response an approach called intuitive eating was born. This technique reteaches people about how to approach eating, and it has been largely successful with helping those with eating disorders.
 
But… Is it an approach you should use with your kids who don’t have an eating disorder? In this video I will briefly tell you what intuitive eating is and give you a behavior analyst’s take on intuitive eating for young kids. 
 
As a sneak peak into the video, I think there are several GREAT things about this approach that you should consider adopting with your kids. Some of the positive things about using this approach with your kids include the following:
  • It calls out...
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It's Okay NOT to Enjoy Every Moment

parenting self-care Oct 09, 2019
 
In our culture, there're just certain things that we say to each other, that are really commonplace but not really appropriate. For example, why is it okay for so many people comment on your size while you're pregnant?! Or when there is a large age gap between kids, you get all sorts of comments like "I guess that was an accident.” I could go on and on.
 
I’ve been thinking about this because the other day someone asked me, “Are you enjoying every single minute?" Mind you, my husband and I were leaving a restaurant with our two kiddos, and it had been a pretty typical evening out... complete with a meltdown or two. To that well-meaning lady, I said “Definitely not every movement!” Probably due to my blunt (but friendly) tone, she raised her eyebrows at me a bit before winking. 
 
In this video, I talk about the fact that it's okay not to enjoy every moment. As parents, some moments of are simply not enjoyable. I discuss the...
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How to Get Screen Time Under Control in Your Home

screen time Oct 04, 2019
 
I grew up in a home with one TV and no cable. I remember getting our first computer and playing DOS games like Commander Keen and Prince of Persia . It wasn’t until I was married that I sent my first text message. 
 
All that to say, the world that my kids are growing up sure is a much different one than I grew up in. Better or worse, I’m not sure ‍...but it’s definitely different. As a parent it can be hard to know how to approach things like screen time with our kids  . How much is too much? 
 
In this video I discuss the following:
 
  • What is the recommended amount of screen time?
  • The importance of making a plan regarding how much screen time your kids will have.
  • Giving yourself grace to deviate from the plan you set when life throws you a curve ball.
  • What happens when kids have screen time right before bed.
  • How to put safe guards in place to protect your kiddos from content that isn't safe.

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How our Family Opts OUT to Opt IN - With my Husband Nate!

family time Sep 14, 2019
 
This is the video version of podcast #9. I bring on Nate Maguire, my husband and the show’s first ever guest. To make it extra fun, we decided to film the whole thing. The topic is on being intentional on what you opt out of as a family so that you can opt into what actually matters. 
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Why Behavior Occurs

 

This video blog explains the basics of why behavior occurs and introduces some practical strategies for dealing with problematic behavior. I hope you find this information to be really useful!

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Choices

behavior choices parenting May 03, 2019
 

In this video I talk about the importance of giving your children choices. I hope you find this information useful.

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