Parent Fix: Creating a Safe Haven

Maggie Stevens, author of Parent Fix, says too many homes are not the refuge they need to be. She offers simple, creative solutions to four practical parenting problems.

Problem: Child refusing to put on shoes after mom has asked multiple times. Mom is upset because they are running late

Solution: Keep an extra pair of shoes in the car. Pick up the child and go. No fight necessary.

Problem: Child has toys all over the floor and refuses to pick them up.

Solution: You can nag all day or gently take the child by the hand and pick them up together, making a game out of the process.

Problem: Two teenage brothers playing Guitar Hero keep arguing about who’s turn it is.

Solution: Sit down on the couch in-between the two of them with a timer. Set it for 5 minutes. Have fun talking with the one who isn’t playing.

Problem: Daughter will not get off cell phone

Solution: Walk behind daughter, massage her shoulder and neck. Instead of yelling at her to get off the phone, you have gently let her know you need to talk to her.

Remember to be patient with yourself as you begin changing your home. You will make mistakes, but kids are forgiving. As you change your home environment the positive behaviors you see from your children will keep you motivated to keep trying.

“Your success as a family–our success as a society depends not on what happens
at the White House, but on what happens inside your house.”

-Barbara Bush

To ask questions, join the discussion board, or schedule Maggie for a parenting workshop, visit

Parent Fix by Maggie Stevens

Available at:

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