This is not a sponsored post nor did I receive compensation. I received a complimentary copy of Get the Behavior You Want...Without Being the Parent You Hate by Deborah Gilboa, MD for purposes of this review as part of a blog tour. All opinions are my own.

Parents are always looking for answers and help when it comes to parenting, searching for that ever elusive handbook we really wish each child was born with.

Deborah Gilboa attempts to tackle many of the issues parents face when it comes to parenting young children in her new book. She teaches the 3 R's, which are respect, responsibility and resilience. 

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Knowing when or if to let your child fail is a struggle for many parents. It is in our nature to want to save them from the difficulties in life. 

Can it be beneficial to allow them to fail on purpose?

That is the question I am addressing in this week's podcast.

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Working or at home, finding focus in your day can become a major hurdle. The demands of life and motherhood can be taxing and overwhelming. With some simple tips, a few adjustments, and learning to manage your to-do list, you can find focus in your daily life.

The Stay-At-Home Mom:

I wave at my children leaving for school and slump onto the couch. The last hour and a half spent feeding kids breakfast, packing lunches and getting 5 kids to 3 schools had been the usual frenzy. Exhausted, but free, I stare off into nothing, watch SpongeBob with my 3 year old and lounge around for most of the morning. 

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"Mooooommmm, I need a drink!!!" "I want another song." "Mom, you didn't hug me!!" "I need my blankie!"

Does this sound familiar? 

Sometimes putting the kids to bed is an exercise in patience. All the requests and the attempts to put off the inevitable by your children can be absolutely exhausting. Establishing bedtime routines, setting boundaries and rules will not only help you find ease and peace at bedtime, but will also help your children establish positive long-term habits.

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Rebecca is a Mom of 4 with a common problem. Two of her kids won't stay in bed at bedtime.

In this week's podcast, I teach a method I like to call the Back To Bed Method. It is simple and has worked for my large family.

Listen in if you are having little ones who struggle to stay in bed!

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Tagged in: Kids The 4 Ps
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With your head hanging over the porcelain throne and your skin glistening with sweat, your toddler rubs your back and asks if you are ok. You are thrilled to be adding to the family, but also a little overwhelmed. 

All those nuggets of advice the first go around were handy, but don't seem to apply AT ALL to the second, third, or more pregnancies. Rest when you can? So is that before or after the toddler's 20 minute nap and kindergarten pick up? Adding to your family is wonderful, but learning to juggle pregnancy sickness and limitations takes some practice to finesse. 

As a mom of 7, I've had a little practice in this area and I'm excited to share some tips to get you through 9 months...again.

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Tagged in: Pregnancy The 4 Ps You
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Your kids walk in the door from school and empty their backpacks onto your counter. You check the mail and add it to the pile. Your spouse or significant other comes home and adds to the pile. 

Before you know it you are swimming in a sea of paper and it is taking over your counter or table or wherever it is that you store it. 

Instead of taking the whole pile and dumping it in the trash, try these tips for taming your paper clutter.

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I sat on the hard linoleum floor at 2:30 a.m. rocking my 3 year-old while I waited for his nausea to pass. I had been up with him for a couple of hours already and exhaustion was beginning to set in. He settled down into my lap and eventually drifted off, no longer clutching his tummy. I finally tucked him back into his bed around 3 and prayed he would sleep the rest of the night. 

As I slipped back into my own bed to grab my first real sleep of the night, I knew my plans for the next day would be drastically different now. I drifted off to sleep, but was awoken again around 6:30 a.m. by another tummy ache, this time my 5 year-old. As my other children woke up one-by-one, they complained of a tummy ache and one-by-one succumbed to the virus. Any shred of a Plan I had left came to a screeching halt. I knew my day would now be filled with laundry and pandering to the needs of my sick children instead of the carpools and errands on my calendar. Dinner would likely have to be adjusted too, as their sensitive tummies probably wouldn't be up for what was on the schedule.

I am a planner by nature and it took me years of practice before I learned how to make a 180 switch like this with any grace.  

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Tagged in: Kids Motherhood Sickness
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Having a child steal can be both frustrating and embarrassing.

What should you do if you it becomes a recurring problem?

Join me today as I discuss this issue and possible solutions!

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Tagged in: Kids Podcast
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Toddlers are some of my favorite people. I know many who struggle with this age range and I understand why. They are years plagued with tantrums, learning to communicate and a struggle to become independent.

Who wouldn't be a little difficult when trying to learn all that?

I haven't always enjoyed this age and stage. With my first two children, I found it just as frustrating and confusing as they did. What I gradually learned are some simple techniques that brought me closer and helped me connect with my toddlers. It may not become YOUR favorite stage, but here are a few things you can do to connect with your toddler.

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Does meal time stress you out? 

You aren't alone. This week, I am talking about how to make meal time a little more manageable.

Check out my tips and stories in this week's Podcast!

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Tagged in: Kids Motherhood Podcast
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Darkness. Overwhelming sadness. Incapacitating anxiety. 

Depression.

Whether it is Post-Partum Depression, or just regular ol' depression, it is a scary, frustrating and difficult thing to deal with. It can even be debilitating at times. 

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Tagged in: Health You
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Sports. Lessons. Activities.

Keeping kids involved is tough, but when a kid is unhappy, is it ok to let them quit?

This week's podcast is all about quitting; when it's ok and when it is definitely NOT ok. 

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Tagged in: Kids Podcast
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"Where are your shoes?"

"Don't forget your homework!"

"Did you get your lunch?"

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Strong-willed. Stubborn. Difficult.

These are all words that describe certain children and as parents, we can be overwhelmed when it comes to parenting one of these children.

Today I will discuss how these traits are actually positive and give you tips for parenting a strong-willed child. 

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Tagged in: Kids Motherhood Podcast
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"Mom, can I help you cook?"

"Sure!" I say, an answer that hasn't always come so easily to me. 

Cooking with my kids used to be an anxiety filled experience that usually ended with me kicking them all out of the kitchen in frustration. Why? Because they cooked like children. 

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Tagged in: Kids Motherhood
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What are the 4 P's? How can I use them? Do they even work?

These are just some of the FAQ's I am addressing in this week's podcast. You have to have all 4 P's because you can't just have a plan.

Listen in and I'll tell you why!

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We wander the store together, chatting about our week, taking our time to select a few items we need and a few that we don't. It's date night, but we have relegated ourselves to the hordes of couples wandering stores for lack of anything better to do.

We ran into other couples and we laugh and joke about our sad excuse for a "date night", even though we know how important it is to find some time alone together. 

The next week it is the same story, but at some point it dawns on us. We could do something more interesting. We could GO somewhere or DO something. It might even be fun. 

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Tagged in: Plan Relationships You
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There is a lot of planning that goes into a camping trip when you have children. It can be overwhelming when it comes to trying to figure out what to pack and making sure you don't forget something important.

Like the baby's binky.

After camping with children for the last 15 years, I have some life saving tips and tricks that will save you time and stress! 

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Tagged in: Camping Kids Plan Summer
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The outdoors can be a wonderful opportunity for family bonding.

Unless you have a child who really doesn't want to be outside. 

Then it can be frustrating. Should you abandon those activities or cater to the unwilling child? Join me as I discuss some possible solutions!

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