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Potty Trained or Parent Trained?

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Is There a Difference Between Potty Training Boys vs. Potty Training Girls? “Lexi is already pooping and peeing on the potty and she won’t even be one until next month,” Crystal tells the other moms at their weekly playdate. “Well, I’ve heard potty training girls is easier than potty training boys” Valerie pipes in. “You know it’s better to wait until they are at least two to potty train or else they will get overwhelmed and regress and you’ll have to start the process all over again. That’s why I think my three-year-old is just waiting for the perfect time to... (Read More ...)

BEDTIME IS A NIGHTMARE . . . HELP! TIPS FOR MAKING BEDTIME PEACEFUL

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BEDTIME IS A NIGHTMARE . . . HELP! TIPS FOR MAKING BEDTIME PEACEFUL My three-year-old son is very active and gets more so around bedtime. We have a bedtime routine that begins at 8:30 p.m. and includes a bath, healthy snack, storytelling, teeth-brushing and three books. After I turn out the lights, I sit by the bed until he falls asleep. Otherwise he will jump up and follow me, making a game out of us chasing him. When he does, I bring him back to bed, tell him he doesn’t have to go to sleep but he must stay in his room. Most nights I lie next to him and hold him so he can’t get up.... (Read More ...)

What Are Parenting “Best Practices”?

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We, at Parents Toolshop® — well, actually every parenting division of our parent company, Relationship Toolshop® International Training Institute, LLC — adhere to and promise to only teach you “evidence-based, trauma-informed best practices” in parenting. Yes, even if your child does not have a known trauma history, it’s important you know and use these parenting practices, which are all evidence- or research-based. Here’s why and why you need to understand the difference so you can screen other parenting programs and resources and discern whether... (Read More ...)

The Problem with I-messages

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The Problem with “I-messages” – Even effective tools can be misused and made ineffective. “In many ways, effective communication begins with mutual respect,[it’s] communication that inspires, [and] encourages others to do their best.” — Zig Ziglar, one of the world’s most successful motivational speakers What it’s Like Being Raised with Traditional I-messages You might know that I’m a second-generation parenting educator. So while I was growing up, my parents taught parenting classes at our church, where my mother was the Director of Christian... (Read More ...)

Table of Contents – The Parent’s Toolshop® book

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Acknowledgments ……………………………………………………………………………….. vi-viii Introducing Your Toolshop Tour Guide…………………………………………….. ix-xiv Chapter 1: Touring The Parent’s Toolshop……………………………………………….. 1 Another Parenting... (Read More ...)

How to Talk to Your Children About the Coronavirus without Scaring or Stressing Them

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By now, most school-aged children have heard about the coronavirus, whether by overhearing the news, parents talking to others, other kids at school, or from school administrators when they temporarily close the school. Even homeschooling parents must address why they aren’t visiting libraries and other public places and events they frequent during homeschool activities. Everyone is being encouraged to avoid crowds, and if you know people who have been quarantined due to recent travel or possible exposure or who are sick but unsure of their diagnosis, you may be feeling extra anxious.... (Read More ...)

How to Get Kids to Turn Screens Off and Turn On to Life

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When you were young, before you had 24-hour access to a cell phone, social media or computer, what did you do? How much time you spend each day outside, doing something physical, or with other kids? Did you ever read a book under a shade tree, fall asleep, and take a nap in the breeze? What do you remember the most about your childhood free time: the freedom, imaginative play, exploration, adventure and discovery? “Those were the days,” right? Isn’t that why you want your children to put down their devices and “get a life”? Instead, from the time they get up to the time they... (Read More ...)

Using Family Councils to Problem-Solve, Make Decisions & Build Closer Relationships

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 Fred and Tammy are both hesitant about using family councils, but for different reasons. When Fred was growing up, they had family meetings where the kids would vote on decisions. Sometimes he and his two siblings were able to “stack the vote” against their parents, so they’d be sure to get what they wanted. Other times, there were emotionally-charged arguments, losing votes, and then the losers sabotaged the decisions. His older brother finally refused to attend, so his parents punished him by leaving him out of the activities they planned in the meetings.  Tammy also has bad memories... (Read More ...)

Disciplining Children

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SO many parents start talking about discipline right off the bat when parenting topics arise. It almost doesn’t matter what someone is talking about, if it’s a parenting topic, just hold your breath and the topic of discipline will come up before you turn blue! When the topic of discipline comes up, it’s a HOT topic! There’s whether the parents could have prevented it, if they are addressing why the child is misbehaving, are they punishing the child too harshly, etc. Usually, these conversations are really black-and-white, all-or-nothing, like if one parent suggests they... (Read More ...)

How Do I Get My Toddler to Stop Nose Picking?

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How Do I Get My Toddler to Stop Nose Picking?   Kara smacks down her two-year-old son’s hand down as he picks his noses. “Stop picking your nose,” she scolds him as she helps him put his coat on. This is the third time she’s caught him doing this disgusting habit today. He doesn’t seem to care where he is or who is watching. Kara’s tired of him doing this and embarrassed when he does it in public, but he just can’t seem to stop.   Do you ever wonder why children can be so insistent about nose picking and how to stop it? Children’s nose picking can be gross and embarrassing... (Read More ...)