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Category: Power Struggles


A peaceful start to the day is priceless.  If tears are shed trying to get dressed, shoes on, and into the car the entire rest of the day can feel lousy.  You can take steps now to insure that as school begins, morning wars don’t.

August 31, 2015

Children, Chores and Conflict: Do They Really have to Go Together?

“Pick up your shoes.”  “Clean your room.”  “Put away your toys.”  “Set the table.” Whenever, these directives cross your mind, odds are an internal battle begins.

June 12, 2014

Mom dressing her daughter

Being cooperative and successful is a combination of having the skill and having the will.  Since Andrew has dressed himself in the past and usually does so with little to no prompting when he “can’t dress himself” it’s pretty obvious he’s lacking the will. The question of course is why? 

January 7, 2014

Jumping on the Couch

We have been using the "time out" discipline method for our spirited 27-month-old. An example is that he loves to jump on our couch, which is obviously dangerous. 

September 28, 2012
Child jumping on couch

My spirited son becomes very hyperactive on the lead up to school and in the first weeks back too. 

September 14, 2012

Misbehavior or Developmental Task?

Yesterday, I told my toddler not to touch the entertainment center. She looked right at me, laughed and then did it again. Lately this has been happening every day. She knows better. Isn't this blatant misbehavior? How should I respond?  -Becca

August 7, 2012

Car Seat Wars, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka & Lynn Jessen

My three-year-old son Nate never simply gets into his car seat.  First he has to climb into the front seat and “drive.”  Then a toy on the floor will catch his attention and he will insist on checking it out.

May 11, 2012



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