Archives for March 2012

When they Can’t Have what they Want

Dear Miss Faith, I'm a nanny of two boys, and I'd love your advice on situations like this: The other morning, Joey came down for breakfast and he saw that his dad had put the little brother's food on a plate that Joey thinks is "his," and the sight of that triggered a total meltdown. His parents were home (as they often are when I am there) and they assured him that the little … [Read more...]

Changing Diapers

Many parents and caregivers whose children actively dislike diaper-changing try to do it as fast as they can, and get it over with as quickly as possible. But in my experience, this merely accentuates all of the things kids dislike about getting their diaper changed, making it even more intensely unpleasant. On the other hand, you can spend all day trying to talk a child over … [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...]

Book Review: Raising Happiness

I absolutely loved the book Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents, by Christine Carter, Ph.D. Christine Carter is the executive director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, an interdisciplinary research center that “translates” the study of happiness, compassion, and altruism for the public. Through examining the research, … [Read more...]


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