Parenting Tips Blog

What Is Your Parenting Style?

In this video, Dr. Phelan is sharing 3 types of parenting styles that can be common, but may not have the effect you want in your house: Underdog parenting, Big Dog parenting, and Chaotic parenting. For each of these styles he shares...

July 9, 2020

Parenting During A Pandemic

When the coronavirus pandemic first began impacting the U.S., we talked with Dr. Phelan about topics that were very stressful for parents: 

  • Managing scary information
  • Checking in with your kids on how they feel about coronavirus
  • How you as a parent can take care of your own mental and physical health

The situation has evolved since then, so we wanted to talk about some of these things again in a new light.

July 2, 2020

How Do I Get My Child to Go to Bed (and Stay There!)?

Do you have a kiddo who is challenging at bedtime? Does he try to get timeouts at bedtime just to stay up later? Does she get out of bed and come downstairs for a glass of water, or another hug? Do they stay in their room, but yell for you or bang on the wall?

Why is it that kids don’t want to stay in bed? It turns out there are actually two main reasons that kids don’t want to stay in bed.

Watch this quick video from Dr. Phelan to learn what those two reasons are, and how you can cut them off at the pass, keep them in bed, and help them fall asleep faster.

February 17, 2020

3 Things You Can Do to Head Off Most Tantrums

There's bad news and good news. The bad news is that you cannot wish tantrums away and, yes, your kids are probably going to embarrass you in public on any number of occasions. That's, unfortunately, part of parenting.

The good news is this: If you learn how to think about tantrums correctly and realistically, and if you learn how to handle these outbursts calmly and decisively, you can train most kids to outgrow this obnoxious phase of their existence. Some children may take a few days, some a few months, and others may still blow up from time to time, but at a rate that is way less than the tantrum frequency they started at.

February 12, 2020

Examining Sibling Rivalry from 3 Perspectives

Sibling rivalry has the nasty ability to present moms and dads with highly emotional dilemmas that are both frequent as well as extremely unpleasant. What happened? Who started it? This is so stupid!! Why can't these two get along!? What do I do now? Does this go on in other families—or am I just a lousy parent?

Let's examine sibling rivalry from three perspectives: First, from the perspective of parental expectations, next, from the standpoint of reality, and finally, from the angle of "Ok, now what am I supposed to do!?"

June 21, 2019
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