Dinnertime for Working Parents

Dear Miss Faith, My husband and I both work full time.  My husband picks our 2.5yo daughter up from daycare, and I'm cooking when they get home.  I've noticed that she really needs some time to snuggle on the couch right when she gets home, so I switch off with my husband.  This is all fine.  The problem comes when it's time to go to the table, she doesn't want to--she just … [Read more...]

Afternoon Schedule for Preschoolers

Dear Miss Faith, My 4yo twins have recently started preschool and they come home very tired each day.  Do you have some suggestions for a peaceful afternoon routine that would help us reconnect and give them some down time?  I have a 7-month-old as well so I can’t be with them every moment.  I’m trying to avoid TV and electronics. Dear Mama, School is generally so exciting … [Read more...]

Ending Bath Time Gracefully

Hi Dear Readers, This post comes from a conversation I had with my Ongoing Membership group, available for folks who have taken my Tele-Class, Joyful Days with Toddler & Preschoolers (next session starts tomorrow!).  In a recent call, a mom asked for some advice on how to bring Bath Time to a close in a more enjoyable way.  Her 2.5 yo son loves being in the bathtub, but the … [Read more...]

Separation Anxiety

Dear Miss Faith, My son turns 3 next month. We have been a family since returning from East Africa 2 years ago. I have been home with him, working during his naps and after putting him to bed. Suddenly and most vehemently he has developed separation anxiety. Even with beloved grandparents. Two weeks ago he was annoyed when I lingered while dropping him off (they have been … [Read more...]

Mama Takes a Trip

Dear Miss Faith, My daughter is 23 months old and I'll be leaving her for the first time on Friday. I'll be gone for 4 days. I haven't told her yet because I'm unsure about how much preparation she needs or should have. Can you help me with this? … [Read more...]

tidying up

Here's a snippet of an online conversation that happened in the last Tele-Class, when a mom asked about ideas for tidying up. Want six weeks of constant ideas and inspiration? The next Tele-Class is starting this week, so click here for information. Miss Faith-- My kids enjoy helping with many household tasks such as washing dishes and folding laundry, but some things they … [Read more...]

Engaging Cooperation

Dear Miss Faith, I've been caring for several 2-year-olds, and we've recently had a new 4-year-old boy join us. This 4yo is generally uncooperative, and the littler kids are starting to imitate him. When he gets into an activity he flows creatively with it, but transitions especially seem to be hard. His momma speaks quite angrily to him and I don't want to do that, but he … [Read more...]

Missing Grandma

Dear Miss Faith, My little boy is intense and sensitive in how he loves people. My mother was in town for 2 weeks, and we took her to the airport to send her off together. I took my son with her to the gate and showed him that she was leaving and going back to her home. He didn't fully acknowledge it (he is 2.5) although I know he is capable of doing so. Afterwards, he … [Read more...]

Running Away

Dear Miss Faith--My 2 year old is running away from me for everything, and it's causing some problems. Put on socks, shoes, brush teeth, go to school, change diaper, go outside - he runs runs runs! Any ideas? He used to be excited to do all this, and now ... … [Read more...]

Moving to a Big Kid Bed

Dear Miss Faith, Our daughter recently learned how to climb out of her crib, so we've made the switch to a big-kid bed, and now everybody's miserable. We used to put her into her bed, give her a kiss and shut the door. She'd chatter for about ten minutes, then fall asleep. Now, she's climbing out of bed and crying at the door. I'll put her back to bed a dozen times, but … [Read more...]

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