Why dinner out makes a poor date night

“Excuse me, are you married?” a woman sitting nearby asked me at a restaurant last week. “Yes,” I said. She looked shocked. “How do you two have so much to talk about?” She’d been silent the entire meal, I’d noticed; now I registered that the man sitting next to her was her husband. It wasn’t […]

How to be an emotionally intelligent parent + more

OK, here’s one you don’t want to miss. This week, I’m thrilled to share talks from the 2017 Positive Parenting Conference with you. Today’s interviews–from big names in parenting education–help us to respond instead of react, gain cooperation from our kids, get renegade rules for parenting a strong-willed child, check out the Danish Way of parenting, boost mindfulness, […]

20 experts’ best tips for thriving with your baby

Wondering if you’re on the right track with your baby? Thinking you could use a realistic plan for navigating these new waters — or at least some more support? My friend, pediatric physical therapist Wendi McKenna, has put together an online summit of 20 child development, maternal, and family health experts — including me — to […]

When your kid runs away from you — and it’s not funny

Q: One morning this week, we were on a walk and my toddler took off running down the sidewalk. I was wearing his 3-week-old brother in a baby carrier, which limited my ability to chase him.  I called several times for him (with increasing intensity) to stop and wait for momma. (Also tried saying “Red: […]

Major meltdown: how we got off the merry-go-round

“Can I have this Frozen book? I really want it.” “But can I have it? It’s the only thing I want. I swear, it’s the only thing!” “Why can’t I get it? I really, really, really want it!” “I just want it.” “If I can have it, I’ll never get another Frozen thing again!” (Now […]

Before you choose a preschool or kindergarten…

“If you wanted to create an education environment that was directly opposed to what the brain was good at doing, you probably would design something like a classroom.” Thus goes a line in the bestseller Brain Rules by John Medina. It’s a quote I can’t get out of my head lately. Many of us have spent the past few months thinking […]

The tree is up, the lights are on, the cookies are … gone already?

My daughter and I baked gingerbread cookies today. She’d really been looking forward to this. And I kept kind of ruining it! Some of the things that popped out of my mouth: “That’s too much sugar to lick off your hands. No–hey– Don’t ask if you can’t handle the answer.” “Another cookie?” “OK, what greens […]

Acting delicately when toddlers rub privates in public

A parent wrote me with a delicate question: How to stop a toddler from rubbing herself between the legs at preschool, without making the act itself shameful? Here’s our exchange. My daughter’s nursery has informed me that in the last few days, she has taken to lying on her tummy and wiggling her hips and […]

Today only: Signed copies of Zero to Five

Instead of an impersonal deal on Cyber Monday, how about a book signed with love? That’s my offer for you today: a SIGNED copy of Zero to Five. This hardcover coffee-table book would be a nice Christmas present, for yourself or a friend. Or a beautiful baby shower gift. Or, if you work with families professionally, a […]

4-year-old takes 12-hour road trip with no iPad. Here’s what happened

“Should WE try that?” A friend had just come back unscathed from a road trip to Yellowstone with her 5-year-old, and we thought, “Huh.” We decided to do it. Of course the big unknown was how G would do on the 12-hour car ride from Seattle to Yellowstone. She’d be solo in the back seat, […]

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