Non-stop Negotiation Getting You Down?

Contributed by Jody McVittie, MD At parenting talks one of the questions that comes up very frequently is, “Why is it that my kid wants to negotiate about EVERYTHING?” Why not? Do you remember trying to convince your parents to do something? Influencing adult behavior...

Time Out? Time In?

Contributed by Jody McVittie, MD Let me be straight out front. I don’t think traditional “time outs” are the best tool in your parenting toolbox. The idea that a grumpy child is going to go sit somewhere and calmly think about what they “should have done” is quite...

Why is “No” so Hard to Understand?

Contributed by Jody McVittie, MD Do you sometimes find yourself feeling like you’ve been “negotiated” by your child? You might notice that you hesitate to set limits or even make simple requests because you dread the lengthy argument that might follow? You might be...