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Join ADHD Parenting coaches, Siope Kinikini and Kimber Petersen, as they provide solutions to help kids with ADHD improve their behavior and heal families. Need individualized help? Sign up for Parenting Coaching

Join ADHD Parenting coaches, Siope Kinikini and Kimber Petersen, as they provide solutions to help kids with ADHD improve their behavior and heal families. Need individualized help? Sign up for Parenting Coaching


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Join ADHD Parenting coaches, Siope Kinikini and Kimber Petersen, as they provide solutions to help kids with ADHD improve their behavior and heal families. Need individualized help? Sign up for Parenting Coaching




Ep #155: How to manage multiple schedules

In today's episode, Parenting Coach, Siope Kinikini gives parents practical advice for keeping family life balanced. We all want what’s best for our children, and often we feel that means giving our children various opportunities to grow and cultivate talents. Yet, for many parents, managing numerous activities and schedules in addition to everything they need to do can feel overwhelming. It is okay for parents to take stock of what is happening and make adjustments, including reducing...


Ep #154: Keeping kids safe online

Kids are growing up with access to online, and parents must help them navigate that safely. A one-size-fits-all approach to internet safety and usage isn't realistic. Your child's age and needs should determine screen time and internet usage and recommend using the same rules to both your child's online and virtual environment. Parents should be monitoring what their child is doing online. You should be familiar with what apps, games, and websites they are visiting and what they are...


Ep #153: Tips for creating routines that work

This episode is one you don't want to miss! With kids returning to school, we could all use a little help in establishing, or reestablishing, routines that work for our family. In today's podcast, Parenting Coach, Kimber Petersen shares practical tips families can use to reduce stress and frustration regarding back-to-school routines, including opening up the lines of communication better and teaching them responsibility through family meetings. Kids thrive on routines. They feel safe...


Ep #152: How to get your child to accept no

As parents we tell our children "no" a lot. Those "no" answers are because we're tired, distracted, or have reached decision fatigue. There are times when we need to say "no" to our child, but more frequently than not, there are times when we say no that we can say "yes." Determining when we can say "yes" to our children's requests will help them gain confidence and strengthen your relationship. When you're saying "no" to your child, ask yourself these questions about if you can say...


Announcement: Warm welcome to our newest Parenting Coach Kimber Petersen

We are excited to introduce our newest Parenting Coach, Kimber Petersen! Kimber comes with a wealth of knowledge in dealing with difficult and challenging behavior using the Teaching-Family Model. You will be hearing more from Kimber in future podcast episodes and she is available for coaching.


Ep #151: Feeling judged as a parent

Are you feeling judged as a parent? In fact, many parents feel judgment when it comes to how they are parenting. Join Parenting Coaches Siope Kinikini and Kimber Petersen as they talk about why parents are feeling judged and what they can do about it. We are all going to receive judgment about our parenting. Someone is going to think we are doing too much or not enough. The goal is to be able to receive that judgment and determine if it applies to you. As the parent, you know your child...


Ep #150:Dealing with parenting differences and finding common ground

We are excited to welcome our newest Parenting Coach, Kimber Petersen! Kimber brings a substantial wealth of knowledge and experience about what parents need to handle challenging behavior and improve their relationship. We are excited for you to join us! One of the questions we get asked frequently is how to deal with parenting differences, especially if co-parenting is involved? No two parents see eye to eye on everything. But parents can find common ground when dealing with their...


Ep #149: Seeing weaknesses as strengths

We all have weaknesses. Often though, those weaknesses can be strengths if we change how we look at them. For example, the strength of a child that argues is that they feel confident in expressing their feelings and they know what they want. The strength of a child who walks away during conflict is that they know their limits and don’t want to increase friction or say something they would later regret. The strength of an indecisive child is that instead of rushing into decisions that...


Ep #148: Time management strategies using the SODAS Method

Children with ADHD need help learning how to manage their time as many struggle with Executive Dysfunction. Executive Dysfunction means that they have difficulty planning, focusing, paying attention, remembering instructions, and performing goal-oriented tasks. With the right tools and strategies, children with ADHD can thrive when completing tasks and managing their time. When helping your child with time management, it’s essential to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. For example....


Ep #147: When parents disagree on parenting

When it comes to parenting, no two parents will do it the same, often leading to conflict as you try to prove to the other parent that "you are right." Each parent brings a different history to their parenting and thus a different response. You may think that your partner is too soft or demanding regarding consequences or rewards, and they may feel the same. Just because you were raised one way doesn't make it the best way to raise your child. When parents can approach parenting...


Ep #146: Moving beyond the ADHD label

Your child is not their diagnosis. A diagnosis is a framework for how your child's brain works. A diagnosis does not usually tell you how to address the symptoms your child may be experiencing. No two children with the same diagnosis will manifest symptoms the same. Some children with ADHD will struggle with impulsivity, where other children may not. By focusing on the behavior rather than the diagnosis is crucial in addressing the problem areas. One of the skills we love to teach parents...


Ep #145: Helping kids deal with emotional dysregulation using Effective Praise

If your child experiences extreme emotional responses to small events, such as spilling their milk or getting touched, they may be experiencing emotional dysregulation. Emotional dysregulation means that their brain has difficulty distinguishing between events and their severity. In simple terms, it means that their brain often equates all experiences such as spilling their milk or losing a significant game with the same seriousness putting their body into fight or flight. While it can be...


Ep #144: ADHD and trauma

The symptoms of ADHD and trauma are very similar. Frequently kids who have been diagnosed with ADHD also experience trauma. Symptoms of both ADHD and trauma include: Trauma can come from death, loss, bullying, experiencing a natural disaster or traumatic event, or physical, mental, or sexual abuse. When a person is dealing with trauma, they often have difficulty processing what happened, so their mind and body live in a constant state of fight or flight as they continually relive what...


Ep #143: Techniques to help kids with ADHD get things done

If you've given your child a task only to find out later that they've built a fort, read a book, or used their tablet instead of doing the job, welcome to parenting a child with ADHD. Kids with ADHD get distracted easily. It's just a fact. They get distracted not because they aren't bright or motivated, rather because staying on a task is not something that comes easily or naturally to them, so it's essential to give them specific techniques that help them. These techniques can include...


Ep #142: Getting kids to listen without yelling

No parent likes giving the same instruction over and over again only to have it ignored. When parents reached this stage, they think their only course of action is to get their child's attention by yelling. While yelling may get your child's attention, it can initiate their flight or fight response that will make it more difficult for them to do what you wanted of them in the first place. There is a better way to engage with your child that creates connections. You develop better...


Ep #141: Behavior skills will give you confidence in your parenting

Parenting stretches our abilities and, quite often, our confidence. It doesn't take too many tantrums for many parents to realize that they don't know how what to do. Then, just when you may think you finally have something figured out, another child with another personality comes along. Parenting doesn't have to be such a struggle. Our goal at Smarter Parenting is to help parents feel confident in their ability to handle any parenting issue or challenge in a way that builds, not destroys,...


Ep #140: Connecting with your child instead of controlling them

When a child cannot control their own emotions, it can be easy for parents to step in and do it for them. While it may help our child in the short term, it isn't a long-term solution. When parents "control" their child, it can lead to resentment and an inability to function in the real world without parent intervention. Instead, parents need to show their kids what they need to do to control their emotions. Parents help kids control their emotions by teaching them specific skills that help...


Ep #139: Why parents shouldn't use corporal punishment when disciplining

When it comes to discipline, parents shouldn’t use corporal punishment. Corporal punishment is any physical, mental, or emotional pain inflicted on our kids While corporal punishment may be effective in the short term, it can have adverse long-term effects. For example, studies have shown that children who have received physical punishments are more likely to show aggressive behavior as they grow older. When we react with anger when overwhelmed or frustrated, we teach our children that it...


Ep #138: Changing defiant behavior

Dealing with defiant behavior can be difficult for many parents. They may feel that their child will never make any improvement, and dealing with defiant behavior will be forever a part of their family dynamic. We 100% know that behavior skills can improve defiant behavior. To improve a child's behavior, though, it requires a parent to make some changes too. It can be easy to think that defiant behavior is all our child's fault without realizing that our behavior or reaction may make their...


Ep #137: Focusing on what kids do right

We’ve heard so many parents say, “My child doesn’t do anything right.” Even the “worst” kids do things right. In fact, they may be doing a lot right. If we‘re focusing on the “bad,” that will be all we see, and we will miss what they do well. The skill of Effective Praise helps parents acknowledge what kids are doing well, even if it’s small. When we focus on the positive, we will see things change as our kids will respond to the praise and acknowledgment of what they’re doing right. Using...