Bonus: Why you should join the FREE 5-Day Streamline Your Mornings Challenge

If only every morning could be about pajamas and Lego dinosaurs…

“[My husband and I, and our little daughter] are rushing out the door and late to work most mornings. I’m looking forward to participating in the challenge to figure out how to get to work on time!”

“With kindergarten I feel like I’m about to toss [my daughter] to the wolves. I’m worried I will have to practically push her through the door. How can I help her overcome her fear and her habitual morning anxiety?”

Do you, like these listeners, struggle with chaotic mornings? If so sign up here for the Streamline Your Mornings challenge, going on all next week September 10-14!

Each day you will learn one new tactic to eliminate the stress and frustration that mornings can bring, so you can calmly and confidently enjoy your mornings with your kids.

Stop the morning madness!

Listen to this quickie episode to learn more about the Streamline Your Mornings challenge… And then:
Click the link below to join this challenge:

A whole bunch of tools for parenting and happy family time: Bonus Podcast Episode

For a long time, the podcast was the tool.
Then I wrote Positive Discipline Ninja Tactics – and we had 2 tools.
And now, a little more than three years in, we’ve got a multitude of tools for parenting and happy family time

Today’s episode is a discussion of some of the best tools, a description of how parents are changing their families’ lives by utilizing these tools, and a roadmap so that you know where to find the exact We Turned Out Okay tools you need!

This episode came up because, at the beginning of 2018, a new listener to We Turned Out Okay got in touch with me, and she shared that she had a bad experience listening to the show: to her, listening felt as if I’d taken her to a party where I knew everyone – and she knew no one.

I really took that critique to heart. I’ve been working ever since to be sure that everything I do makes you, the listener, feel welcomed and included, and that’s how we ended up where we are.

The tools I talk about in this episode:

Click here for the podcast page of

Click here for the We Turned out Okay Facebook group… And click here for the We Turned Out Okay Facebook page

Click here for my YouTube channel, where you’ll find the Magic Words for Parents playlist

Click here for the We Turned Out Okay Patreon page where you’ll find Extra Magic Words for Parents, access to my patron-only feed, and where you’ll be able to read my parenting books long before they are published! Lots of great tools in Patreon : )

Click here for the Ninja Parenting Community, where you’ll have access to all of my best parenting tools

Thank you for listening!

Please share this episode if you know a parent who needs some good tools!

How to Handle Every Temper Tantrum

Sometimes, every parent struggles with a child’s meltdowns and screaming fits.

Here’s what most people do when a tantrum happens:

Kids. Sometimes, it’s a good thing they’re cute.

– They give an ineffective timeout
– They shout at their tantruming child, and then feel awful afterwards
– They do absolutely nothing – and as a result they feel powerless.

Meanwhile, their kid’s still screaming.


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

They couldn’t be more wrong!

Yes, temper tantrums happen.

But how you handle them – what you do in the moment while that tantrum is happening – makes ALL the difference.

Read on to discover: how to confidently, calmly handle every temper tantrum.
Feel successful as a parent.
Don’t let public tantrums, and the judginess that comes with them, get you down anymore.
Begin to TRULY enjoy the time you spend with your kids! Continue reading “How to Handle Every Temper Tantrum”

To bribe… or not to bribe? A Your Child Explained Episode (Podcast Episode 220)

The place where so much bribery happens.

Welcome! To listen to today’s episode, scroll down to the bottom of this post and hit the triangular “play” button. Enjoy the show!

If we’re being honest, who among us has NOT bribed a kid? (Listen to this episode to hear about how we potty trained our youngest… using entire donuts as bribes.)

But is there a better way?

Something we could do to change our child’s behavior from bad to good?

Something that would stop us feeling like we’re being emotionally blackmailed by our kids?

Listen to today’s episode to understand exactly WHY we parents resort to bribery – when it’s most likely to happen – and for 3 things we can do instead!

Read more about bribery…
Find every back episode of the We Turned Out Okay podcast…
Sign up for the 3 Secrets of Happy Parenting Class…

All at

Happy listening! Continue reading “To bribe… or not to bribe? A Your Child Explained Episode (Podcast Episode 220)”

Podcast Episode 207: Glass Balls and Rubber Balls: The Annual WTOO Goals Episode

Welcome and Happy New Year! To listen to today’s episode, scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post and hit the triangular “play” button. Enjoy the show!

Every January since We Turned Out Okay began, I’ve shared my goals for the coming year. Not resolutions… which feel to me a little more arbitrary and easier to pull out of… but Goals.

And this year is no exception!

Somehow the idea of glass balls and rubber balls (one of which breaks when dropped, and the other of which bounces) felt really important to share with you, probably because I’m returning from major burnout and got it because I dropped a glass ball, my “health” ball.

So listen in to find out more about glass/rubber balls, the goals I’ve set and why I set them, and what this year’s One Word is!

Notes and links at! Continue reading “Podcast Episode 207: Glass Balls and Rubber Balls: The Annual WTOO Goals Episode”