I’m always happy to talk things out. We encourage Kubla to negotiate boundaries. But whining—we do everything we can to stamp it out. Including playing with him not getting what he wants. “I want a
Help kids imitate you in a safe way
Kubla was 3. He wants to take my medicine, to be like his dad. I say no. I hide the bottle. He always seems moments away from an overdose. I take an old bottle of
Jonathan: Welcome to Kidorable Parenting’s interview with Demi, celebrated author and illustrator of over 300 books for children. I’m Jonathan Domsky, blogger, parenting coach and co-founder of Kidorable. Demi’s books have been a
Is it worth the risk?
Kubla has developed a craving for brownies. The ones at the store are full of sugar and chemicals. I decide to make a healthier version at home. I look up a recipe online. I cut
Spit it out if you don't like it
Kubla goes to a friend’s house for a play date. They invite him to stay for dinner. The second he comes home, he asks for a snack. “A snack? Didn’t you just have dinner?” “I
Is it possible to do things together instead?
I like to lift weights at home. It saves me a trip to the gym. Three year old Kubla wants to help. I’m afraid he’s going to get crushed by a dumbbell. Liping tries to
with Rich Manders
Jonathan: Welcome to Kidorable Parenting’s interview with Rich Manders, co-author with his birth mother of, “The Laughing Rabbit,” a tale of family reconnection. I’m Jonathan Domsky, blogger, parenting coach, and co-founder of
Are you willing to do what it takes?
After weeks of trying, Kubla makes it across the monkey bars all by himself. He does it again. And again. And again. The next day he’s back on the monkey bars, gaining speed and confidence
A nice way to reconnect
The fight ends. We each go to our corners. Bruised feelings all around. A few minutes later we’re ready to reconnect. I invite Kubla to sit in my lap. We hug. “Who’s my favorite boy
Take the wind out of routine defiance
I encourage small children to say ‘no’ and be naughty. I find that when they get the “no’s” out of their system, they feel less of a need to act up later. And they’re more