Troubleshooting Family Weeknights: Part 5 of our series on how to have good weeknights (Podcast Episode 236)

Welcome to Part 5 of our series on how to have good weeknights with your kids!

Click here for our FREE Tame the Weeknight Chaos Guide

Today we are talking about what to do when things go wrong with even the best-planned weeknight..

I’ve got 3 easy steps that you can use to overcome the frustrations, troubleshoot the problems that come up, and truly enjoy weeknights with your children!

Watch this video for more on these steps to solve weeknight issues:


Want my concise roadmap to good weeknights with your kids? Get the Tame the Weeknight Chaos video and checklist today!
Get the guide – and also watch the video module I made to accompany this episode, plus the video I made this week about what to do when your young child hits you – at:

Thanks and happy listening!


Key Links

Click the link below for licensed mental health counselor and super friend of the show Janine Halloran’s website:

For the video module and podcast episode of Part 1 of the Taming the Weeknight Chaos, which is all about WHY weeknights are so tough, click this link:

For the video module and podcast episode of Part 2, about how to handle when there is simply not enough time in your weeknights, and when you feel like your efforts to create peaceful and enjoyable weeknights are sabotaged by other caregivers, click this

To find out how to start weeknights off right, including the video module and podcast episode explaining my three steps to get weeknights started off well, go to

For three easy steps you can take when you feel like you just can’t handle one more weeknight with your young kids, go to

Click here for the We Turned Out Okay Facebook group.

Click here for the We Turned Out Okay Facebook PAGE – where I do a Magic Words for Parents Facebook live each and every Monday at 10:30 AM!

Click here for the Karen Lock Kolp page in YouTube, where you’ll find the ever-growing playlists of Magic Words for Parents. and other helpful videos (like this one on what to do when your child is jumping on the couch for your attention, at the worst possible time.)

To work closely with me and learn some fantastic Parent Ninja Tactics so you can change your child’s behavior from bad to good, feel happy inside, and truly enjoy family time click here.

Read more on how to have peaceful and enjoyable weeknights below!


Here’s what most people do when weeknights are chaotic:

How weeknights should be.

– They clench up neck, shoulders, and jaw, causing pain and headaches
– They shout at their kids, because of the chaos, and then feel awful afterwards
– They do absolutely nothing – and as a result they feel powerless.

Meanwhile, this weeknight is still a dumpster fire.

Eventually, most people conclude “this is just how weeknights are with kids.”

They couldn’t be more wrong!

Yes, weeknights happen.

But how you handle them – what you do in the moment during those weeknight hours – makes ALL the difference.

  • You understand the problem, you’re listening to the series.
  • Now, get the free guide so that you can enjoy a smooth and calm weeknight TONIGHT.

When you sign up for this guide, you immediately get my 6-Point Checklist so you can enjoy calm, smooth weeknights right away, and my Video that helps you truly understand this process.

Once you know the process, once you watch the video and use the checklist, you can handle weeknights with kids like a pro.

All for free!

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Click here for the FREE Tame the Weeknight Chaos Guide, including Video & Checklist