Expert Parent Advice

By implementing our Expert Parenting Advice™, you'll marvel as your kids become more cooperative, self-sufficient and empowered. Our Parenting Expert, Amy McCready, will provide helpful Videos and Interactive Tools every month so check back often

Sibling Bullying
All families have sibling squabbles, but when does it go too far?  When does sibling rivalry become sibling bullying? I’m Amy McCready with Positive Parenting Solutions and I’m proud to partner with Kids ‘R’ Kids ...read more

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Taking the Whine out of the Road Trip
The Whine-Free Family Road Trip Ahh – what could be better packing up the car for a vacation with the family?  Well, It’s all fun until the backseat fighting starts. And the same questions over and over, “How many ...read more

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Summer Schooling: Make Learning Fun when School's Out!
Kids love the lazy days of summer, but if your summers are too lazy, academics can suffer. I’m Amy McCready with PositiveParentingSolutions.com, and I’m proud to partner with Kids ‘R’ Kids for the Expert Parenting ...read more

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5 Way to Show Respect for Your Child
Respect. All parents want kids to show respect - to speak to us in a respectful way and to behave in a respectful manner. However, we can’t demand respect.  We can demand compliance, but that’s different than respect.  ...read more

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Helping the Shy Child Shine
5 Tips to Help the Shy Child. If your child is shy or anxious about social situations, you may wonder about the best strategies to help him.  We want to honor him for who he is and not change his personality, but at the same time, we ...read more

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10 Tips to Curb Potty Talk & Swearing
Butt face, poopie head, or worse!  We all know potty talk and experimenting with forbidden words is a normal part of a child’s development, but when it happens in public or at grandma’s house, it’s unnerving and ...read more

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Putting Nighttime Battles To Bed
Any parent who battles bedtime with their kids knows that exhausting feeling. It’s the tiring, frustrating, we can’t go through this another night antics that turn the bedtime routine into a nightmare. I’m Amy McCready with ...read more

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Ending Entitlement Epidemic
Kids aren’t born with an entitlement gene, but if you ask most adults, they’ll say the sense of entitlement has reached epidemic proportions in today’s youth. I’m Amy McCready with Positive Parenting Solutions, and ...read more

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Keeping Kids Safe Online
What is the appropriate age for your child to have a cell phone? What are the rules and responsibilities for technology? How do you keep your kids safe online? These are important issues for parents of tweens and teens. I’m Amy McCready ...read more

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Teaching Kids to Tell The Truth
“Liar, liar, pants on fire!”  You probably said this to your friends or your siblings when you were little.  When it’s your own child who is lying, it’s a bigger deal.  Parents understandably get very ...read more

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Taming Public Tantrums
Nothing invokes fear in the hearts of parents like an all-out public temper tantrum. You cringe as the eyes of other parents (or worse yet, the people without kids) are on you as they watch and wonder what magic you’re going to pull to make ...read more

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Good Parent Sportsmanship
Are you “that parent” at your child’s soccer game? The line between being a supportive, engaged, sports-loving parent and applying too much pressure on kids is easily crossed.   What seems like enthusiastic ...read more

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Clean Bedrooms - Not Just in Your Dreams
We all know the scene from Mary Poppins:  a few carefully sung words by Mary Poppins herself, and the Banks’ children’s dolls march into the toy chest and the clothes fold themselves neatly into the closet.   Parents and ...read more

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Strategies to Avoid Becoming a Helicopter Parent
Helicopter Parents – we’ve all heard the term that describes those overly controlling, high-strung moms and dads who hover over their kids, guiding their every move and protecting them from hurt and disappointment.  We watch ...read more

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The Power of the Family Meeting
Between work and our volunteer commitments, most of us go to enough meetings, right?  Who needs another meeting? You do!  The kind of meeting I’ll share with you will be one of the best meetings you ever attend – ...read more

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3 Great Reasons to Play WITH Your Kids
Most parents jump for joy when the time finally comes that their kids play independently or with their siblings.  Finally, a few minutes of breathing room to get a few things done around the house! While independent play is important for ...read more

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Talking to Kids About Weight
According to the American Heart Association, 1/3 of U.S. kids and teens are considered overweight or obese.  It’s a major problem, but it’s one parents don’t feel comfortable addressing.  I’m Amy McCready ...read more

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Top 3 Parenting Mistakes for Tweens and Teens
As a parent of two teenagers, I know that raising teens and tweens can be scary.  One day you wake up and you’re no longer the center of their world.  Suddenly, they’re more interested in their friends and may start acting a ...read more

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3 Reasons to NOT Pay for Chores
Should parents pay kids for doing household chores? It only seems fair – after all, you get paid for your job.  Shouldn’t kids get paid to do their jobs around the house?  Not so fast on that one! I’m Amy ...read more

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Potty Training Do's and Don'ts
Potty training – is it more stressful for parents or kids?  Our goal is to make it less stressful for everyone.  I’m Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, and I’m proud to partner with Kids ...read more

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Un-Helpful Things Well-Meaning Parents Say
“I’ll give you something to cry about!”  Did your parents ever say that?  Mine did, and I always wondered, “What does that even mean?”  It wasn’t at all helpful, and I’m fairly certain it ...read more

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3 Strategies to Avoid Clothing Battles
Most parents can relate to the morning battle over what to wear to school.  You cringe when she shows up at breakfast with a purple plaid skirt, a Mickey Mouse tank top that looks like it’s been worn for days and green flip flops. ...read more

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Three Parenting Resolutions for Any Time of the Year
What’s on your plate for the New Year?  Many of us have the best intentions of cutting back on potato chips or Facebook time, but how about instead resolving to nix all the yelling, whining and power struggles that happen every day in ...read more

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Teaching Kids to Apologize
How many times have our kids given the obligatory “I’m sorry” when we know good and well they didn’t really mean it? If that happens in your house – you’re not alone.  Today we’re talking about ...read more

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3 Ways NOT to Spoil Your Kids This Holiday
The holidays should be a wondrous time of fun, family, and faith – but for some families, the holiday turns into a big case of the “I wants.”  If you’re concerned that your kids are “all about the stuff” ...read more

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Top 5 Ways to Foster an Attitude of Gratitude
It’s that time of the year when we tend to focus on gratitude.  We count our blessings, but we wonder if our kids are truly grateful for all they have.   I’m Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, and ...read more

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Top 3 Ways to Foster Independence and Capability at Home
Parents often marvel at how independent and self-sufficient their children are at school when they seem to act so helpless at home.  Why is that?  In part, it’s because we allow them to act helpless! I’m Amy McCready, ...read more

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Top 5 Things Your Child's Teacher Wants You to Know
1. Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep each night.  One of the most important things you can do to help your kids succeed in childcare or at school is to ensure that they get enough sleep.  Most kids gets far less sleep than their ...read more

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Are We Raising A Generation of Praise Junkies?
We’ll reveal the important difference between praise and encouragement and how to avoid raising kids who are dependent on praise from others. I’m Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, and I’m proud to ...read more

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Top Ten Benefits of Child Care
I’m Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, and I’m proud to partner with Kids ‘R’ Kids for the Expert Parenting Advice series. Making a decision on who is going to care for your child when you’re ...read more

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5 Tips to Avoid Homework Battles
With the school year underway, homework is a ripe battleground for power struggles between parents and kids.  Learn the underlying causes of homework hassles and the top five ways to avoid them. I’m Amy McCready, founder of ...read more

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What Your Toddler Wants You to Know
Having a toddler can be a memorable occasion in your household if you understand how a toddler thinks. I’m Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, and I’m proud to partner with Kids ‘R’ Kids for the ...read more

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3 Tips for Nag-Free and Tear-Free Mornings for Everyone
With the new school year, parents are already dreading the endless nagging, pleading, negotiating and yelling that goes along with getting kids out the door on time.  We’ll reveal three tips to help get your family out the door every ...read more

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Simple Words to Avoid Power Struggles
We’ll share the pitfalls of giving “No” and “Don’t” commands and 4 simple communication strategies for positive communication and better results. Making these changes to your communication style will require ...read more

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5 Strategies To Avoid Mealtime Battles
Mealtime battles are common with young children and most parent strategies actually escalate power struggles. We’ll reveal 5 helpful strategies to put an end to the battles over broccoli and beans, and without becoming short order ...read more

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Get Kids Helping At Home This Summer
There's no free ride in your family and everyone should be expected to help - even your littlest ones (Don't worry; it's good for them and for you too!) We'll share ideas for kids of all ages to help at home and give ...read more

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Meet The Expert

Amy McCready is the founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and the author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time. Amy is a nationally recognized parenting expert seen on the Today Show, CNN, ABC News, MSNBC, Fox & Friends, and many more!