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What Every Parent Should Know About Bedwetting, Accidents, and Potty Training

A guest post by Steve Hodges, M.D.

It's No Accident

As far as I know, no mom has ever tweeted:

Wet sheets again for Kyle. Whole family is exhausted. #WishBedwettingWouldStop

Toileting problems aren’t openly discussed in our culture. But in my pediatric urology clinic, they’re what I talk about all day long — with distressed parents and with kids who miss out on sleepovers and feel crummy that they can’t stay dry.

Most of these families have been led to believe that:

a) accidents and bedwetting are a normal part of childhood, and
b) they need to wait it out.

Both notions are wrong. Truly, most of what parents and even many pediatricians believe about toileting troubles is not based i n fact.

Here’s the real poop…

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Start with 10 tips for better behavior

Sometimes, when tasks and schedules get overwhelming, it’s helpful to make a to-do list to make things feel more manageable and focused.

If your children’s behavior problems have you feeling overwhelmed and not knowing what to do first – no worries, we’ve got you covered!

Start with these 10 tips for better behavior.

1. Invest in one-on-one time with kids daily. By far, the best thing you can do to improve your children’s behavior is spending time with them individually every day, giving them the positive attention and emotional connection they’re hard-wired to need. When they don’t have that positive attention, they will seek out attention in negative ways, and consequences and other discipline methods won’t work. Aim for 10-15 minutes a day per child and you’ll see measurable improvement almost immediately.
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Actually enjoy your next family road trip with these simple tips

road trip

Half the fun of any trip is getting there, right? Well, maybe not if you envision mile after mile of whining, choruses of “are we there yet” or refereeing backseat battles. But it doesn’t have to be a dreaded experience. Here are some tips to help you make the most of long road trips with your family:

Plan Ahead of Time

1. Know your limits. If your kids haven’t made the two-hour trip to Grandma’s house yet without screaming the whole way, this may not be the best summer for that cross-country trip to Yellowstone.

2. Take a practice run. If you haven’t had a family excursion that’s more than a jaunt across town, take a short day or weekend trip to get your kids used to time in the car. It will also give them a chance to practice any special “car rules” for behavior.
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Manners on the Menu: Ten Tips for Eating Out with Young Kids

eating out with young kids

We’ve all been afraid of being that table in a restaurant. Aidan is more interested in playing musical chairs than sitting still in his. Josie refuses to use her inside voice. Luke and Lauren keep exchanging mac and cheese torpedoes across the table. Eating out with young kids doesn’t have to be a stressful battle royale – with some planning and practice, your family can enjoy peaceful meals out.

10 Tips to Manners on the Menu During Your Next Outing

1. Practice at home first. In calm moments at home, take time for training before you venture out to a restaurant. Practice proper dinner manners by inviting stuffed animals or friends to a tea party or snack. Role play good choices like sitting still, using utensils and waiting patiently. Don’t forget the importance of emphasizing manners at the dinner table every night – your kids will be better able to follow the rules when dining out when they know what’s expected of them at the table.
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10 Ways to Teach Kids a Winning Attitude – On and Off the Field

How to Teach Kids the Positive Rules of the Game

At any given time of the year, millions of kids participate in a wide spectrum of competitive extracurricular activities like sports, dance, cheerleading, debate, theater, and more.

When I think about that, I’m reminded of the words of the great American sportswriter, Grantland Rice, who penned, “For when the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, He marks, not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.” 

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Lying

Seven Steps to Encourage Honesty in our Kids and Put an End to Lying

lying

Perhaps your budding artist suddenly disowns the crayon mural in the hallway. Maybe your daughter, who has spent the last hour making mud pies in the backyard, tells you she’s already washed her hands, despite mud caked on her hands. Or your teen tells you he got home last night at curfew when you heard him come in a half-hour late. Whatever the lie, it’s a frustrating challenge for parents. But when we understand why kids lie, we can help our kids become more honest.
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