Most parents feel pressured to have well-behaved children. The pressure comes from well-meaning family, teachers, and judgmental stares from strangers.
Emotional intelligence is a child’s ability to perceive, understand, and effectively manage their own feelings; to read subtle cues; and relate empathically to the feelings of others.
How to handle toddler on a rainy day
Managing jealousy in a school age child
Transitions to summer camp for young children
Managing impulse control
Handling the influences between siblings
How to help a child who is 4 who is lying
What to do when your toddler won’t go to the other parent and only wants you
Managing when school age child gets negative about their actions
How do I help my child pay more attention to whats happening around her?
Does a child need to look at a parent in the eyes when they are speaking to them?
Potty Training issues when you're in the middle of the process
Dealing with a 3.5 year old's tantrum around sharing and playing with others
How to help a preschooler deal with a peer hitting them in the classroom?
What to do with a toddler is waking up and climbing out of the crib at bedtime?
How do you help a child tolerate emotion?
How to handle a 9 month old when they ask for the breast to go back to sleep at night?
Helping siblings get along who are under 4.
How to choose extra-curricular activities for 5-7 year old.
Managing splitting siblings into separate bedrooms.
Help a 4 month old get used to being put to sleep by more than one caregiver.
How to get on the same page with other partner/co-parent
Dealing with a grandparent who lies about the care/rules they give to the child
Managing the teasing between siblings and how one sibling feels left out
What to do with a 20 month old who is grabbing and biting to defend herself in the playground?
How to respond to a toddler when they misbehave to get your attention?
What to do when a school child constantly asks "do you love me?"
How to handle a toddler tantrums at bedtime
Handling a toddler that holds their poop
How to explain the reunification of parents after a brief marital separation
Managing a school age child's anxious responses
Helping a 2.5 yr. old share with other children
Does hearing two languages create a delay in a child speaking?
How to handle preschoolers who don't want to go to school?
Managing the powerful tantrum of a two year old
Dealing with telling your child about a difference
How to parent together with your partner
Helping a child not pick their nails
When to give up a pacifier for a three year old
Managing and ending the nail biting of a 4 year old
Helping a school age child set boundaries with friends
What do I do when my child avoids emotion
Helping a toddler follow direction
How to wean a 20 month old
Managing a 4 year old when they want to hold their infant sibling
What to do when your 5 year old is not listening to direction
- Why is my child calling me mean?
- What do I do when my school age child repeats habits
- How do I handle the wakeful time of my 6 month old
- What are the right chores at what age?
- How do I handle my 5 year old's debates?
- How do I move on from a classroom while staying in the same school?
- How to answer an 8 year old’s questions about romantic relationships
- Managing expectations of how things “could be” vs how things “are” with the children, dealing with “mommy guilt”
- How to handle the whining and “fake crying” of a toddler
- How to help a child speak with an “inside voice” when most of the time the child screams
- Handling night time potty
- Managing a 4 year old that is lying
- Dealing with fears at night and hard bedtime questions (i.e. death, marriage)
- Sleep solutions for infants and toddlers and getting bedtime similar
- Handling hitting in frustration/anger of a school age child (6)
- Managing the 4 year old tantrum - that is now verbal (i.e. "I don't love daddy/I don't love mommy")
- Dealing with a traveling parent - how to deal with the difference of routine
- Managing tattling between siblings
Q & A from Members
He doesn't want to go to camp. Now what?
A smartwatch for kids? Good or bad?
Can I ever just reward them with all of the chocolate?
How do I respond to "Is Grandpa gonna be okay?"
Can I PLEASE, impose consequences? Pretty PLEASE?
Am I wrong for not following up on all of my child's homework?
Do children masturbate?
Do under 6 year-olds play sexually together?
Blog & Vlog
I have lost track of how many times I have cried and simultaneously been inspired due to the events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, FL. The school is close to home. I live in Miami. That morning I knew that many parents would be reaching out to me wondering how to best help their children.
A lot of families have the daily struggle of getting homework done. In this video you can get a quick and easy tip on making homework a productive event and not a damaging battle.
Find yourself in the parenting section of the bookstore frustrated and lost? Ever wonder how what you read can translate to your daily life as a parent? In this video you can get the top reason why those parenting books are failing you.
A 5th grader asks if it's normal to feel something bad every day. In this video Lina answers their question and gives recommendations.
One of the most popular questions is "how do I deal with my picky eater?" This video gives you quick tips to help your child eat.
I cringed as my husband told my daughter that he would no longer help her order the next time we went to a restaurant. We have a hard and clean rule of not disagreeing in front of the children when one of us is setting a boundary, but in this situation I could not hold my tongue. I had never thought about it, but we disagreed about whether or not our children should order their own food at a restaurant.
I watched my daughter’s eyes swell up with tears and thought, “here it is, here is the day I have been dreading.” We spoke while I brushed her hair about an incident she had in her classroom. The students in her class have begun to point out how intelligent she is. They react to her with jokes spiced with sarcasm saying, “What’s the magic recipe for getting all the answers right?” This is not bullying. These are just kids reacting, noticing, moving through the markers of development. The ones speaking to her this way are defending themselves from embarrassment and fear of my daughter judging their mistakes or their perceived lack of knowledge compared to her. My daughter has begun to balance with how to be her authentic self: intelligent, curious, an avid reader and friend, with her need to remain in relationship with those around her.
Little people are just like big people. In this moment, my child was acting like a grown-up starting a new job. He was experiencing a kindergarten version of adult concerns: “What are these people going to be like? Will I like my boss? Am I going to be able to do the work?” In those moments it is important to take a moment and hold them and tell them that it is normal to be scared. Take that opportunity to
As a parenting and child development expert, I generally know how to handle these moments of rivalry, but as a parent I understand how excruciating and off putting they can feel. Here are some things to keep in mind the next time your siblings fight.
The most important point: if no one is bleeding,
The statistics and multiple negative outcomes of children that are disciplined with corporal punishment are well known to those who work with children. Children’s Trends, a research group, found that corporal punishment increases negative outcomes in adolescence like low academic achievement, alcohol and drug use, antisocial behavior. They also found that the older the age of the child, the greater the negative outcomes. So why do 70% of parents in the United States believe in spanking?