Planning for Sleep With a New Baby

February 9, 2017

Most parents arrive home with their new baby in various states of bliss, nervousness and amazement.  This change has happened so quickly and it seems like instantly you need to deal with how to feed, diaper issues and crying.  Even parents who have meet with me while still expecting and have learned about Sleep from […]



You May Not Want to Read This…

October 26, 2016

…if you are a camera-clicking parent. Turns out that a high percentage of camera-clicking parents are unwittingly teaching their child that he/she is the centre of the universe. Kevin Van Tighem, (Alberta Views Magazine, November 2016) spent 30 years studying nature in western Canada’s parks. Recently he observed the following scene: “A little boy leaned […]



Night Guide to Potty Training

October 17, 2016

The house is quiet, kids are asleep…until your 2.5 year old starts screaming that she needs to go potty! Wait! Wasn’t it only two hours ago you heard that same scream, got up, took her to the bathroom, counted out the number of toilet paper squares, wiped her, praised her looked into the potty for […]



Age 1-8 years: Ten Tips for Successful Discipline

August 14, 2016

So many books!  Assertive Discipline for Parents, Positive Discipline, Raising a Self-Disciplined Child, Happiest Toddler on the Block, Mindful Discipline…and the list goes on. Some of these books are excellent. Some are average, and many will contradict each other.  So, in case you don’t have time to do a comparative study of them all, my […]



Helping Your Child Learn to Play – Independently

July 3, 2016

Adam’s mother Lindy started spending a lot of time on the floor playing with Adam from about 5 months of age on. It was fun at first and made her feel like a good parent. After a few months, though, she found that her mind wandered and she admitted with some guilt that she didn’t […]



Potty Training? It should take longer than you think

June 14, 2016

Laurie was 2 years, 2 months when her parents decided she was “ready for potty training.” Several signs listed in a book were present and their first child was this age when they started and although it had been a struggle at times, he was now using the toilet well at 3.5 years. Dr. T […]


Sleep – Is a Little Enough?

March 16, 2016

 Some parents say their kids are OK without much sleep.  Babies who won’t take a nap and toddlers who fight bedtime give the impression they just aren’t tired. New research presents compelling proof that the kids aren’t OK.  And if the children aren’t sleeping, at least one parent is likely sleep-deprived as well. New sleep […]



Discipline Tip: Avoid a Power Struggle

February 28, 2016

While no parent I know would deliberately provoke a power struggle with their child, there are times when we do just that, by accident or by ignorance. Whenever we request or require a child less than 4 years of age to: get their shoes, bring the baby’s diaper cream, bring their own cup to the […]


Food on the Floor!

February 3, 2016

I remember the day my grandchild who was age 2 at the time, tossed her plate with  scrambled egg still on it across the room onto the carpet.  Throwing food on the floor? As I stooped down to pick it up piece by piece, I found myself thinking that she’ll probably feel sorry for doing […]


Unhurried Parenting: Giving Children Time to Weave a Childhood

January 25, 2016

The concept of “unhurried parenting” may sound like an oxymoron to you, as you fly from home to work and back.  Just getting out the door with/without your child raises everyone’s blood pressure. Then you may have committed your child to swim or gym or soccer and off you go again! But if you reflect […]


Why Not Sleeping is Not a Choice

January 17, 2016

Attachment Theory ,(John Bowlby, 1965), has given the world remarkable insight into the realm of secure human attachment and how it evolves.  We’ve also understood the depths of human problems created when a person’s sense of attachment is not secure. This long-known knowledge is highly relevant to families trying to do their very best to […]


Matthew Won’t Go To Bed

January 9, 2016

Matthew Won’t Go To Bed   Mathew, age 3, is yelling at his mother. He doesn’t want to go to bed. He has been lining his trucks up making a ‘truck stop’ and he isn’t finished. His mother has already given him 10 extra minutes and now it’s past bedtime. She is pleading with him […]