Parenting Foundations Blog

Welcome to the Parenting Foundations Blog Page.  It is here that I, Brenda McSween, and a few guest bloggers post about tips and tricks to add to your parenting toolbox.  I am a Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Parent Advisor with extensive experience working with children, youth and their families. I have a Bachelor of Child Studies Degree. Even with my experience and education there are days and times that I have to remind myself that parenting is a tough gig and I need to cut myself some slack.

The goal of this blog is for you to walk away feeling like you have a new tip to try or thing to consider as your child grows.

Have fun parenting!!

Communication through the years

Communication through the years

Children's communication styles can vary significantly based on their age, developmental level, personality, and individual experiences. Children do communication with you using more than just words or sounds. Some general characteristics of children's communication...

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What do you need today??

What do you need today??

Parenting is not an easy gig. There are going to be many days where you feel like you are a rockstar parent and other days where you feel depleted and/or defeated as a parent. In order for you to be the parent you want to be, it is important that you are able to focus...

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Readiness: Is your child ready?

Readiness: Is your child ready?

Readiness. This is an important topic that can often get overlooked. I have talked to a number of parents that are concerned about their child's development after their child has spent some time with some same-aged peers. Our children are constantly growing and...

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Back to School: Safe Place to Land

Back to School: Safe Place to Land

Back-to-school season is upon us. Some children are already back to school and some are preparing for this adventure to begin! This can be a huge adjustment for our precious little ones. Often our little, and not-so-little, ones do not have the words to express their...

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Ideal bedtime for a family of 4??

Ideal bedtime for a family of 4??

Question from a parent in my free Facebook Group (Respectful Parenting):   Searching for tips for tweaking the sleep schedule for 4 kids Is it as simple as just putting them to bed earlier and waking them up earlier? Some background: my kids are 2, 4, 6, and 8...

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Dad: Is he babysitting?

Dad: Is he babysitting?

Is he babysitting??? (insert my scrunched up "are you serious" face) When our son is not with me, I have been asked if his Dad was at home babysitting? Excuse me while I rant for a minute or two…     No, he is not babysitting. He is parenting! Why does this drive...

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3 Magic Little Words

3 Magic Little Words

Do you ever feel like there is so much going on that you do not know where to start or that you will never get things accomplished? This can be the start of major overwhelm! And guess what???.... THIS IS A NORMAL FEELING! Many people go through this and it can be...

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It’s Okay to be a Little Playful

It’s Okay to be a Little Playful

What does it mean to be playful? Why is it important? Why does it matter?  Well, here's the thing. You don't have to be playful. If you don't want to be playful, you don't need to be playful. But when you add a little bit of being playful into your life, and...

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Temper Check

Temper Check

​ There is no better time than now to do a temper check...Say What?? No, I am not going to take your temperature or ask you to take it. I am however going to ask that you really pay attention to your temperament. The way you handle change, sounds, smells and so much...

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