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How to Deal With Clashing Parenting Styles in Shared Custody

Dear Kid Whisperer,

I came to see a parent workshop you did and I used the Love and Logic™ skill that you taught and immersed myself in Love and Logic™ books and other materials. It has changed my life and my relationship with my daughter. The problem is, I am divorced from her father, who has shared custody. He doesn’t have these skills and he is mean and yells at her a lot. I try to tell him how to do what I have learned and I get frustrated when my daughter reports to me about how he yelled at her because she acted out in ways that she never tries with me anymore. How do I get her dad to use these wonderful skills? -Tamara, Nashville, TN

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How to Deal With a Kid Who Won’t Take ‘No’ For an Answer

Dear Kid Whisperer,

I have a nagging five-year-old who won’t take “no” for an answer. I have done my best to turn off my brain and repeat the same line over and over, but I think it’s time for a consequence since he keeps nagging me and won’t stop. I’m just not sure what the consequence should be. Any suggestions? -Courtney, Solon, Ohio

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How to Take the Struggle Out of Mealtime

Dear Kid Whisperer,

I struggle with getting my 8-year-old to eat dinner. I have taken tons of advice and done what doctors and other experts have suggested: not allowing him to eat anything beside what I prepare, allowing him  to eat whatever he wants, taking away TV, allowing him to eat whenever he wants, having him sit at dinner and snack later, bribing him to eat with candy. Nothing works. He sometimes refuses to eat at mealtime, then he says he’s hungry later, so I feed him. What now? -Gemma, New York, New York

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How to Enforce Personal Boundaries With Your Kid

Dear Kid Whisperer,

Every morning my 12-year-old son feels the need to constantly knock on my bathroom door to ask or tell me something mundane. How do I get him to stop this inappropriate habit? In addition to being annoying for me, my fiancée is always still sleeping at this point in the morning, and this is causing more tension. I tell my son constantly to let me get ready in peace and to finish getting ready himself, and that once we are both ready, we can talk. – Christie, Boston, Massachusetts

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How to Give Your Kids Proper Guidance on Chores

Dear Kid Whisperer,

I follow you on Facebook, and love what you shared about kids who do chores being healthier and stronger people than kids that don’t do chores. I now have my 7 and 9 year-old doing chores, but they are so terrible at doing them that I think it would be easier to just do the chores myself. What am I doing wrong? -Christie, Moscow, Idaho

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