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Discipline

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Would it surprise you if I said that you should start discipline now, even if your child is an infant? In this blog, I’m going to break down how and when you should start positive discipline practice, and how to use positive discipline with your child and what it looks like. What does discipline mean? […]

When and How to Discipline Your Baby, Toddler, or Child Using Positive Discipline

School

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Are you nervous about your child starting school soon? I’m going to share 11 concrete tips on how to emotionally and mentally prepare your child for daycare, preschool, or kindergarten. #1: Start talking to your child early about starting daycare, preschool, or kindergarten. You’re going to want to start to plant seeds early on – […]

How to Best Prepare Your Child for Daycare, Preschool, or Kindergarten

Parenting Tips, School

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Change and transitions can make us all feel stressed, even if it’s an exciting change, like starting a new school. It can still bring a lot of fears and anxiety. So it’s important to understand how you can best support your child as they deal with and cope with change. Let me share with you […]

8 Tips to Help Your Child Cope with Change, Stress, or Transitions

Parenting Tips

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Traveling with toddlers or babies is not always easy. My family took a trip from California to Atlanta, Georgia, with my then 3-year-old and 4-year-old. And on this trip, I learned a lot about what it’s like to fly with kids. So I’d like to share with you some of my top tips and hacks […]

Traveling with Toddlers and Babies: 12 Tips To Make Flying Easier

Parenting Tips

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Adding a new baby to the family can have a huge impact. And this experience can feel so different from the first time around because now you have another child to consider. This can make you feel worried and anxious about how your first child will adjust to this big change in the family, and […]

How to Help Your Toddler Prepare for the New Baby

Parenting Tips, Sibling Rivalry

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In this blog, I’m going to answer some specific questions I’ve received from parents about conflict resolution. What should you do when there is conflict between siblings during play? The first question I received was from a mom who has a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old. She said she often finds the 3-year-old will bring toys […]

Conflict Resolution for Kids: How to Do It and What to Say

Parenting Tips

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Food throwing – it’s like the ultimate test of your patience. Can you keep your cool? And when your toddler or baby throws food, it can be annoying and frustrating. But throwing food is developmentally appropriate, especially for between 6 and 18 months.  I know you’re like, “Great, Dr. Jazmine. That’s fine and all. But […]

My Baby/Toddler Won’t Stop Throwing Food! – Ways to Prevent and Handle It

Parenting Tips

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Let’s talk about picky eating. The type of little ones that no matter what you put on their plate, they don’t want it unless it’s a hot dog, chicken nugget, cheese, some kind of carb, or junk food. And you’re ready to pull your hair out because mealtimes are no longer enjoyable since you have […]

When Your Child is a Picky Eater: 3 Mistakes to Avoid & 3 Strategies to Help

Parenting Tips

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Even the calmest and most patient parent is going to lose their cool with their toddler or child from time to time. While more patience is always the goal, it’s a small fact of life that you’re going to slip up. You’re going to make mistakes as a parent, and at times, you’re going to […]

What To Do When You Lose Your Cool With Your Child: 10 Steps to Repair

Parenting Tips, Tantrums

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Did you know that parenting is about 80% mindset and 20% tips and tricks? When parenting little ones, I truly believe it is more about your thinking, perspective, and mindset as you navigate tantrums and other big feelings. It’s so helpful to have an awareness of what you’re thinking in your mind during the most […]

How to Deal with Your Child’s Tantrums Without Losing It: Tips for Staying Calm During Big Feelings

Discipline, Parenting Tips

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A common question I get is “Dr. Jazmine, do you recommend time-outs for toddlers or preschoolers? What’s your whole perspective on this?” When it comes to discipline and helping your child make good choices, learn new behaviors, and teach lagging skills, there are many approaches out there. As a clinical psychologist, I am a fan […]

Do Time-Outs Work? Or Are They Harmful? Disciplining Your Toddler or Preschooler Using Time-Outs

Parenting Tips

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If you clicked through to this blog, you’re probably struggling with defiance and your child not listening to you. Do you give your child instructions, and they laugh in your face? Maybe they run away thinking it’s a game. Maybe they tune you out and do the exact opposite of what you want them to […]

It’s the Way You Say It: Why Your Child Isn’t Listening to You

Potty Training

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I know the topic of rewards while potty training can be a bit controversial and many of us have mixed feelings. In this week’s episode, I share my candid clinical recommendations as well as my personal experience when it comes to rewards and potty training.  I think it’s important to decide what’s best for your family even […]

Should I Offer Potty Training Rewards?

Potty Training, Uncategorized

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One of the most frequently asked questions I get about potty training is what to do when a child won’t poop in the potty. Little ones love to wait until it’s naptime to poop in their pull up, am I right?

Let’s talk about some possible reasons for holding poop and simple tips to help your toddler finally poop on the potty.

Help! My Toddler Won’t Poop in the Potty

Parenting Tips

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Dealing with clingy behavior is exhausting. And it can be frustrating to know what to do/say when your child is crying to be held for the 1000th time. In this blog, I share some of the top reasons why children become clingy and 3 quick tips to curb the clinginess!

Why Your Child is Clingy and How to Deal With It

Potty Training

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The number one question I receive when it comes to potty training is, “How do I know when they’re ready???” Here’s the thing – there’s no magical age when it comes to potty training. Every child is different and should start when they are developmentally ready. In general, you want to look out for developmental […]

6 Signs Of Potty Training Readiness

Potty Training

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The early days and weeks of potty training can be really tricky & MESSY! With all the accidents and resistance, it can be hard to know what to do and say while potty training. In this week’s episode, I’ll breakdown: Top phrases to avoid saying while potty training Why you want to avoid these phrases […]

Potty Training Phrases To AVOID

Parenting Tips

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Of course, we hope our children never encounter an unsafe stranger. We hope they will never be in a place where they have to scream and defend themselves against an unsafe person or stranger. But, just as with other important life skills, this is an important life skill to teach our children. Begin to teach […]

How To Teach Your Kids About Stranger Danger

Parenting Tips, Tantrums

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One of my most asked questions is how to handle aggressive behaviors.  Whether that’s hitting, biting, kicking, scratching, pinching, I’ll spill the tea on how to handle these behaviors. So don’t worry, I’ve got you. Keep in mind, I’m talking about younger kids – think infancy to age 5 – especially toddlers and preschoolers. We’re […]

How to Help Your Child Manage Their Anger

Parenting Tips

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Let’s talk about yelling because we’re all feeling crispy – aka burned out. A couple of weeks ago, I did a story about the assumptions you all had about me. One of the big assumptions was, “I assume you don’t yell at your kids.”  I’m like, “Oh, girl, no. Yes, I do.” It happens even […]

How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids and Being an Angry Parent

Parenting Tips

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In parenting, we tend to fall back on phrases when talking with our kids. We often use the same phrases over and over again. Some of these phrases work and others, not so much. It’s so important to reflect on the language we use, especially if our goal is to elicit more cooperation and help […]

Top 6 Parenting Phrases to Stop Saying to Kids

Parenting Tips

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Giving our kids the language to use during social situations is KEY. When we teach kids exactly what they can say to get their needs met in social situations, we are building their self-awareness, confidence, and ability to advocate for themselves. In today’s episode I will the exact phrases, word for word, to start teaching […]

10+ Phrases To Teach Kids

Antiracism

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With the holidays fast approaching and Thanksgiving being *right* around the corner, you might be wondering WHEN AND HOW to start the conversation about the REAL history behind Thanksgiving. I am so passionate about teaching kids age-appropriate history that doesn’t overwhelm them but also doesn’t misinform or dishonor other cultures. In today’s video, I’ll break […]

HOW TO TEACH KIDS ABOUT THE REAL THANKSGIVING

Parenting Tips, Tantrums

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Much of what looks like misbehavior is really your child trying to get their needs met. Common unmet needs include: -Physical activity -Connection/attention -Power and control -Tired or hungry In this video, I’ll break down common behavior and what it could mean. //REGISTER FOR FREE DISCIPLINE WORKSHOP: How to get your child to listen without […]

What Does My Child’s Difficult Behavior Mean?

Bedtime/Routines

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Toddler and Preschooler night wakings can be HARD. Young children tend to cry longer and harder than infants and are harder to reassure than older kids. It’s extremely common & it’s usually a stage that will run its course if we give it time (and we’re not inadvertently doing things to reinforce the behavior!). It […]

Why Kids Wake Up At Night and What to Do About It

Parenting Tips

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Oops! Your child overheard you drop the F-bomb and now it’s their new favorite word. Or better yet, they – out of nowhere – say a swear word and you’re left wondering, “Where did they learn that from!? I’ve never used those words!” In today’s video, I’m going to why kids swear/curse and most importantly […]

CHILD SWEARING: What to Do & Say When Child Swears or Uses Unkind Words

Bedtime/Routines, School

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Can we talk about mornings today?! Ideally, mornings are a time for connecting with our kids and getting excited about the day to come. But let’s be real – mornings often feel hectic, stressful, and overwhelming. Not only are we up against a time crunch, but our kids seldom want to do the things we […]

SMOOTH MORNING ROUTINES WITH TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS: Tips For Getting Kids Out the Door

Discipline

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Discipline & setting limits can be tricky. On one end, we want to curb the misbehavior and increase cooperation with our toddler or preschooler but we also want to do so in a way that’s respectful and cuts back on the tears and tantrums. Really, this comes down to TWO big things: Managing our expectations […]

Positive Discipline for Toddlers & Preschoolers

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I think one of the biggest parenting triggers is whining, am I right?! Nothing makes us want to yell and whine back like whining does. It literally triggers alarm bells in our brains saying, “Make this stop! This needs to go away right now!” When this happens, it makes it hard to think clearly and […]

WHINING: How to Stop Kids Whining / How to Help Your Child Speak Calmly

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Have you ever wondered about my views on sleep training? I get this question SO MUCH! So in today’s video, I’m finally sharing what I have to say about sleep training. Now I know, sleep training is *such* a controversial topic, and depending on who you ask – you will likely get a different answer. […]

SLEEP TRAINING: Is it bad for kids?!

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It’s no secret – there’s so much variation when it comes to raising our children. But, did you know that researchers have narrowed it down to just 4 different parenting styles? Let me back up – What is a parenting style?! A Parenting style is your pattern of strategies of interacting and disciplining your child […]

WHAT PARENTING STYLE IS BETTER? Parenting Styles and the Effects on Kids

Uncategorized

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Cosleeping vs Crib sleeping: Which is better?! That is the million-dollar question! In today’s video, I share the pros and cons of cosleeping and crib sleeping so that you can make the best decision for your family. I also share my personal and professional opinion based on my experience as a mom of two. I […]

Co-sleeping vs. Crib Sleeping: Which is Better?

Uncategorized

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We recently took a family vacation to Atlanta, Georgia! Come with us as we do some house hunting + lots of kid festivities including the Atlanta Zoo, Aquarium, MLK National Historical Park, Botanical Gardens, and more! We show you how we: 👉🏽Teach our kids about race + racism 👉🏽Handle sibling conflict 👉🏽Deal with constant toy […]

ATLANTA FAMILY TRAVEL VLOG:

Parenting Tips

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So we recently traveled from North California to Atlanta, Georgia with our two preschoolers (ages 3 and 4)! It was a 12 hour travel day and we caught a red-eye flight. 😳 It’s safe to say, our kids were pushed to their limit! I want to bring you behind the scenes on our travel day […]

Flying with Babies & Toddlers

Bedtime/Routines

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Bedtime can get messy real quick. We’re all tired and we as parents are often ready for the bedtime routine to be over before it even gets started. Who else can relate? In today’s video, I’ll be sharing: ✅Tips for smooth bedtime routines for toddlers and preschoolers ✅Sneak peek into our current routine ✅General things […]

BEDTIME ROUTINE: Ideal Toddler and Preschooler Bedtime Routine

Bedtime/Routines

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Knowing the right time to transition from crib to toddler bed can be tricky. You might be wondering: ❓When is the right time? ❓What should I be considering before making this change? ❓How do help them adjust to the huge change? How to mentally prepare them? In this video you’ll learn: ✅What age range is […]

Crib to Toddler Bed: When & How to Transition

Potty Training

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So your little one is completely (or almost completely) daytime potty trained and now you’re wondering about nighttime potty training? When do you start? How do you know when your child’s ready? What do you do to lead to more success? In today’s video, I’ll be answering all your questions including: ✅Signs your child is […]

Are Pull-Ups OK? Nap & Nighttime Potty Training 101

Uncategorized

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My first ever family vlog! I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know in the comments if you want to see more vlogs on my channel. TIMESTAMPS ►0:00-0:25 Friday, July 2nd ► 0:25-5:21 Monday, July 5th ► 5:21-10:44 Tuesday, July 6th ► 10:45-12:53 Wednesday, July 7th ► 12:54-26:00 Thursday, July 8th ► 26:01-28:35 Friday, July […]

Family Vlog: 8 Hour Road Trip

Parenting Tips

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By far, this was the scariest moment of my life. I went back and forth on whether or not to share this story with you all but ultimately, if it can help save a life, it’s more than worth it. In today’s video, I share a story time of my daughter almost drowning in our […]

My Preschooler Almost Drowned | Water Safety Tips Every Parent Needs to Know

Parenting Tips, Potty Training

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Potty training while on the go can feel overwhelming. There’s a lot going on and the last thing you want to have happen is an accident while you’re out and about. In today’s video, I share potty training essentials (aka MUST HAVES) while traveling. I also share quick tips to keep in mind when on […]

Potty Training On The Go

Play

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How much independent playtime is okay? How often should I be playing with my baby/child? If you’ve ever wondered those questions then this video is for you! In today’s video, I’ll be sharing how much time you should be playing with your child and how much time your child should be playing independently. TIMESTAMPS ► […]

How Much Time Should You Be Playing With Your Kid?

School

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Are you interested in learning where to begin when it comes to preparing your child for daycare, preschool, or Kindergarten? To me, children’s books are one of my favorite ways to begin to emotionally prepare children for change. Books help to open the conversation, normalize feelings, and teach children how to cope with their big […]

Starting School: Children’s Book Haul

Parenting Tips

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Are you nervous about your child starting school soon especially if they’ve been isolated for so long given everything that’s happened this past year? If so, today’s video is for you. In this video you’ll learn 10 practical tips for emotionally preparing your child for preschool or Kindergarten. Be sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube […]

Prepare Your Child for Daycare or School | Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness

Parenting Tips

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Is your child constantly throwing things? Whether it’s out of frustration or excitement, this behavior can be so frustrating as parents. In today’s video, I’m going to be sharing: ✔Typical age this behavior starts ✔Common reasons it happens ✔Step by step how to handle the behavior in the moment Last week’s video: How to teach […]

How to Stop Kids From Throwing Things

Parenting Tips

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Is your child quick to fly off the handle? Do you want to help them learn how to cope with intense feelings like anger and disappointment? If so, just know – you’re not the only one. Teaching our children how to manage their big emotions is hard work and it’s a skill that takes time […]

How to Teach Your Child to Calm Down | Teaching Mindfulness to Toddlers and Kids

Parenting Tips

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Nothing gets our heart rates up as parents/caregivers/teachers then seeing our children scream and cry over toys. Whether it’s between siblings, cousins, or peers, witnessing toy battles that seem to be endless is exhausting and frustrating, am I right? I know how hard it is to see our children struggle with sharing, taking turns, and […]

How to Stop Toddler from Snatching Toys | Tips for Teaching Kids to Share

Discipline

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Today, I want to talk about biting! I get this question so often so we need to talk! Biting is actually quite common amongst young children but I know that’s not what you came here to hear! In today’s video, I’ll be spilling the tea ☕️ on the best ways to prevent & manage biting […]

Toddler BITING: How to Prevent and Manage Biting in Kids

Parenting Tips

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We all have disagreements with our partner or co-parent from time to time. It’s a normal part of being in a relationship with someone, but is it healthy to fight in front of your kids?! In today’s video, I share 5 Rules to Keep In mind the next time you and your partner have a […]

Is It OK to Argue in Front of Your Kids?

Parenting Tips

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Today we’re talking about thumb sucking.  This question was actually inspired by questions I get inside my private parent coaching community, The Mom Sisterhood.  Did you know that thumb sucking is actually incredibly common in children? Research suggests that between 70-90 percent of children suck their thumb at some point. Most children will gradually grow […]

Thumb Sucking: Why it Happens & Best Way to Stop 

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Happy Play Challenge Week! This week, I wanted to switch it up & have some fun! I thought I’d share what my 3-year old daughter received for her birthday. In this video, I share clips of her and her sister enjoying their new toys. TIMESTAMPS ► Introduction: 0:00- ► Item 1: 2:05 ► Item 2: […]

Preschooler Birthday Present Haul

Tantrums

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Interested in learning where to begin when it comes to teaching your child about feelings? To me, children’s books are one of my favorite ways to begin to teach toddlers and preschoolers about feelings.  Books help to open the conversation, normalize feelings, and teach children how to cope with their big feelings. A couple weeks […]

Books to Help Kids With Their Emotions

Parenting Tips

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Are you expecting another child? First of all, congratulations! A new sibling can have a huge impact on your family. This experience can look so different than with your first child. This time around, you’re likely wondering how your older child will respond to their new sibling and how best to prepare them for this […]

How to Help Your Toddler Adjust to New Baby

Parenting Tips

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Life is full of change.  Whether it’s good change, like expecting a new sibling, or unexpected change like needing to travel for a family emergency, change stresses us all out, including our children.  Whenever possible, you want to prepare your child for the upcoming change to cut back on behavioral issues and big feelings.  In […]

How to Prepare Your Child for Change

Tantrums

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Did you know tantrums & aggressive behaviors are common in the early years? Yup, that’s right.  Your child’s brain is still growing so skills like communication, emotional regulation and conflict resolution are still not fully developed.  While this is true, there are things you can do at home to help your child learn tools to […]

Toddler & Preschooler Anger Management

Play, Uncategorized

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Are you tired and burned out (or as I like to say “crispy”) from playing all the time? Does even thinking about playing with your child stress you out? I’m a huge fan of play. There are so many benefits, not only for our child’s development but also for our overall connection with our child […]

Easy Play Ideas For Kids When You’re Tired

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If there’s anyone who knows what you’re going through, it’s me. I’ve got two kids of my own, and while motherhood is a blessing beyond measure, people rarely talk about the dark side of it – the side filled with tantrums, yelling, and your-favorite-dresses-filled-with-milk-and-purée.

Well, I’ve spent my life encouraging moms to stand up, speak up, and do what it takes to put themselves back on their to-do list. This is the first step to a smoother-sailing journey through motherhood, and with access to my online community and sisterhood, you’ll soon have the confidence to mother like a mother – from keeping toys in cots to potty training to winning the war against bedtime resistance and beyond.

Hi there! I’m Jazmine. Clinical psychologist, author, parent educator, and most importantly, mother.

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