This mom did not let even nightly bedwettings derail weekday mornings.

Happy Wednesday!

This is the third in an in-depth, 4-part series, on how to start the school year off right.
(Click here for part one, about the first thing you can do when confronting any challenge, and click here for part two, where I share my method for cutting through overwhelm.)

One mom of two in the parent coaching community that I run, whom I’ll call Lindsay, REALLY struggled with the stress of getting small kids up and out the door in time for daycare and school.

Here is something she wrote just as she began working on this:
“Usually if our youngest wets the bed (he’s newly potty trained) it can derail the morning because we have to strip the bed, start the wash and give him a bath.
In the hustle and bustle my breakfast is usually the one that gets overlooked! That happened today. I typically don’t even notice until I get to work and am hungry.”

Maybe your struggles are different, but I bet you can sympathize with Lindsay.
I sure can.

She wondered, what could she do to fix this? Continue reading “This mom did not let even nightly bedwettings derail weekday mornings.”

Handling overwhelm at crazy times of the year (like this one)

Happy Wednesday!

This is the second in an in-depth, 4-part series, on how to start the school year off right.
(Click here for part one, about the first thing you can do when confronting any challenge.)

When I talk with parents about the starting of the school year, they often share their frustrations with just how CRAZY this time of year can feel.

There are so many little boxes to check:

  • The list of items your child’s teacher needs for the classroom
  • The schedule-changes that must be figured out
  • The new routines that kids can sometimes have a hard time getting into
  • The struggle of wrapping our brains around not just all these new challenges, but how we feel about our children, our worries for them, how quickly time is slipping away… How they’re changing right before our very eyes.
Lots to think about, and (if we allow it) lots to feel overwhelmed by.

In my daily life, when I am Mom-Karen (as opposed to Podcast-Karen, who understands that everything is going to be just fine and has solid ideas for handling every challenge), I often feel swamped by anxiety and overwhelm.Today I want to share with you the method I have found to beat the overwhelm and actually accomplish what I need and want to. Continue reading “Handling overwhelm at crazy times of the year (like this one)”

Getting ready for the coming school year? Me too.

Happy Wednesday!

Today we’re starting an in-depth, 4-part series today, on how to start the school year off right.

I don’t know about you, but every summer I get into a nice, laid-back groove. Typically, my tendon-disorder pain decreases, and my well-being increases, because it’s the chance to relax, spend time with family and friends.

Also, there is lots less to think about, no soccer or other after-school activities, a lot less driving.

Often, I can wash up some green beans and slice some tomatoes, throw on a little fresh mozzarella, and call it “dinner.”

I have been known to think “hey! I haven’t had any tendon pain in weeks! I must be finally getting better!”

And then… September comes.

Everyone has to be everywhere, often with food and matching shoes. Continue reading “Getting ready for the coming school year? Me too.”

Where and when does a child’s education begin? | Podcast Episode 277

Do you tend to think along the lines of “I don’t need to worry about teaching… that will be taken care of when my child starts school”?

I want to push back on that idea today. Because the opposite side of this coin is “I am not a teacher and what I do here at home does not matter.”

What we do at home really and truly matters.

And today, we’re talking about 3 ways you can take advantage of this.

In this week’s Parent News segment: We consider the Parent Police… anyone who disparages our personal and family choices.

Join us!

Go to weturnedoutokay.com/277 for:

  • A cheat sheet on the 3 ways to utilize this idea, “learning begins in the home”
  • The link to our We Turned Out Okay Facebook group, where I do a Facebook live each Monday morning and this week I’m sharing a useful way to view, or think about, our children
  • The video of the week: “Where and when does my child’s education begin?”

And thank you so much for listening!

Temper Tantrums and Potty Training:

Today I share about two helpful free guides I offer.
While the podcast is long-form – your opportunity to look into the mind of a child development expert – the free guides are super quick.

You can watch the video, read the checklist, and immediately handle the temper tantrums or get started with potty training (depending on which guide you choose : )

  • Click here for the FREE video and checklist to handle every temper tantrum
  • Click here for the FREE video and checklist to successfully potty train your child
  • Want to receive valuable ideas and tips on parenting, without either free guide above? Click here for my weekly parenting newsletter!

(Photo by Gavin Whitner of MusicOomph.com.)

 

Continue reading “Where and when does a child’s education begin? | Podcast Episode 277”

What part do goals and milestones play in your child’s education? Podcast episode 241

To wrap up our Back-to-School Bootcamp series we take a look today at milestones, guidelines, and goals in our kids’ education.

How important is it to have a 20,000-foot view of a young child’s life?
What kind of goals should you set, and what kind of milestones should you look for?

That’s what today’s episode is all about.

Go to weturnedoutokay.com/241 for notes to this episode…

Sign up for the upcoming Streamline Your Mornings challenge by clicking here: weturnedoutokay.com/streamline!

And click here for an advanced chapter of my forthcoming book, Your Child Explained Volume 1… 

And thank you so much for listening!

Continue reading “What part do goals and milestones play in your child’s education? Podcast episode 241”

A parent’s role in education: 3 critical actions to take so your child can thrive (Podcast Episode 240)

Need help with your reluctant reader? Click here for our concise roadmap to helping your child love reading.

Glad you are here for Module 3 of our Back-to-School Bootcamp!

Today we follow up on last week’s discussion of what to do about school or childcare problems, so listen back to that one if you’re wondering “how do I handle THIS?”

Many of us wonder “what is my role in my child’s education, how can I best help?” I’ve got three crucial actions you must take so your child can thrive!

Go to weturnedoutokay.com/240 for more on these 3 steps, help getting your child to love reading, and links to back episodes of everything…

And thank you so much for listening!

[Please note: Magic Words for Parents, our series of quick phrases to help you say the right thing even in the toughest parenting moments, is on vacation until September 10… Click here for the playlist of past Magic Words in YouTube, and click here for the EXTRA Magic Words videos … get Continue reading “A parent’s role in education: 3 critical actions to take so your child can thrive (Podcast Episode 240)”

Handling school and childcare problems with 3 key steps (Podcast Episode 239)

Need help with your reluctant reader? Click here for our concise roadmap to helping your child love reading.

Glad you are here for Module 2 of our Back-to-School Boot camp!

Today we follow up on last week’s determination of readiness, so listen back to that one if you’re wondering “is my child ready for this?”

Problems can crop up whether your child is “ready” for this step or not, so I’ve got three crucial steps you need to take to handle challenges!

Go to weturnedoutokay.com/239 for more on these 3 steps, help getting your child to love reading, and links to back episodes of everything…

And thank you so much for listening!

[Please note: Magic Words for Parents, our series of quick phrases to help you say the right thing even in the toughest parenting moments, is on vacation until September 10… Click here for the playlist of past Magic Words in YouTube, and click here for the EXTRA Magic Words videos … get Continue reading “Handling school and childcare problems with 3 key steps (Podcast Episode 239)”

“Is my child ready?” – 3 ways to know if your child is ready for back-to-school (Podcast Episode 238)

We’ve got a great August coming up for you,

a whole series of new episodes on overcoming the perils of back-to-school!

Starting with today’s episode, in which I share three ways to know if your child is ready – for preschool, for kindergarten, for first or second grade, for relocating to a new school… You name it and we cover it in this episode.

If, after you listen, you’re thinking “maybe my kid ISN’T ready for this…” Hang onto your hats for next week. That is when we will discuss what to do if you’re not sure your child is ready for whatever’s in store!

Go to weturnedoutokay.com/238 for help getting your child to love reading, to take my survey on your biggest back-to-school challenge, and links to back episodes of everything…

And thank you so much for listening!

[Please note: Magic Words for Parents, our series of quick phrases to help you say the right thing even in the toughest parenting moments, is on vacation until September 10… Click here for the playlist of past Magic Words in YouTube, and click here for the EXTRA Magic Words videos … get Continue reading ““Is my child ready?” – 3 ways to know if your child is ready for back-to-school (Podcast Episode 238)”