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 […]


Swaddling Babies for Sleep

October 21, 2015

  I remember watching our hospital nurse swaddle our newborn baby and wondering if I could learn to do it that fast and that well.  She seemed to settle so quickly after being wrapped in her little cocoon. Does swaddling help with sleep and calming for most babies?  Extensive, conclusive Dutch research tells us that […]


Dear Kitty. A Schedule for My Newborn?

September 8, 2015

Dear Kitty, Our baby is 3 weeks old.  We’ve been told to “feed on demand” but this little one wants to feed constantly.  We also have a toddler who needs attention.  Can you suggest a schedule to suit a newborn that will also leave me time for my toddler? Thank you. Kitty’s Answer: Many parents […]




How Do I Discipline My Three Year Old?

August 26, 2015

Dear Kitty, About a year ago I did a phone consult with you about my then two-year-old son.  It helped a lot at that time.  Things are changing now and I want to upgrade my discipline.  I remember you mentioned two tools; I think they were called logical consequences and purposeful ignoring.  Can you please […]


Kids Change Our Lives – Suddenly and Dramatically

August 11, 2015

The crossover line is thin. Very thin, in the sense that one day you are still a member of the Pregnancy Club where you’ve gotten to know some new friends, bought new clothes and with whom you’ve been enrolled in a 9-month course on birth and delivery, with enough books to last through three deliveries. […]


As Only A Parent Can

July 22, 2015

From the time you first bring your newborn home, depending on your perspective you either have “one very short year” or “a whole, long year” to spend with your baby before your mat leave will end. Twelve months to shape this baby’s start in life, forge your own relationship, explore the pleasures of parenting and… […]


Acid Reflux and Sleep

July 13, 2015

Acid Reflux and Sleep Dear Kitty We have a 3.5 month old baby.  She spits up a lot and is fussy, doesn’t sleep well and seems to have a lot of gas.  Our doctor says she may have acid reflux.  The doctor suggested we treat it with Gaviscon and we plan to try that.  However, […]