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Parenting Beyond Discipline

Author: Erin Royer - LA's Parenting and Child Development Expert

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Erin Royer, LA's go-to expert on all things parenting and child development for today’s common challenges, covers way more than just discipline. She dives into topics such as self-esteem, development and health, modern parenting issues and even education. Erin is not just knowledgeable but also relatable, warm, and sometimes even funny.

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209 Episodes
Does your toddler have fears? Toddlers often have big reactions that seem irrational. How do you know when and what is normal for fears in toddlerhood and what is over the top and may require some intervention? Erin answers a mom's specific question around this as well as addresses the topic in a broad format for any/all parents wondering about their toddler's fears. Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Erin gives a mom step-by-step for fixing those pesky middle of the night wake-ups and battles for coming to mom and dad's room. In the second half Erin covers tips for helping a preschooler become more independent when she is constantly seeking attention every time mom is busy with something else. Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
A mom wants to know if she should be doing some type of play based learning activities from home for her preschooler since the pandemic is continuing with no end in sight? She is concerned her daughter may be behind when she starts kindergarten. Another mom wants to know how to deal with persistent asking for more, more cake, more time at the zoo, more, more, more, when? when? when? why? why? why?! Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
It's a triple questions episode!! How to help a toddler who is getting easily upset with sharing and saying MINE about toys and parents! Another parent wants to know how to have smoother transitions with co-parenting exchanges and our 3rd question about if her son's issue should be a concern for language development. Erin also shares common milestones at 2 and 3 and any red flags to be aware of for language development in toddlers/preschoolers. Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
A mom asks for help with her daughter's big struggles with emotions, likely due to late language milestones. Since developmental areas often overlap, Erin shares why this happens and how this mom can work with her daughter to get her caught up. The next question is about late bedtimes and how to help a 3 year old calm down for sleep. This mom asks in particular about mindfulness practices for young kids, a fun new topic not yet covered on this podcast! Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Triple question episode!! Single mom trying to work from home is hoping for some tips on keeping her 2 year old more independent so she can work! Changes have caused potty training regression and mom is feeling frustrated and defeated. Our third question is a toddler who is waking up screaming multiple times throughout the night and engaging in pulling her own hair out. Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
A mom is feeling defeated over her son hitting the neighbor girl every time he sees her and other playmates at the park. After 2 months of trying to teach better behavior, it's not getting better. Erin gives steps for dealing with hitting in that moment, including some parents often miss that make the teaching most effective and one pitfall many parents often fall into that make it worse. Then Erin reveals the common pitfall parents are falling into that is making bedtimes much worse and how to fix it so that their daughter will go to bed and stay in her bed to fall asleep, as well as a quick tip to fix a new potty struggle. Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Erin gives guidance to a family dealing with tantrums during middle of the night wake-ups. Screen time is definitely a double edged sword in most families right now. Erin gives tips to a mom wondering how to help curb the power struggles around screentime with her preschooler. Lastly Erin shares her latest family/parenting concern with the audience. To see all the classes go to Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Whether you are just considering divorce/separation or are already on the path, parental guilt is a common emotion that visits all of us frequently throughout the process. Here's what to know about one of the main reasons (or it was one of my main reasons) we wrestle with guilt, how it will affect the kids. Learn what research says about what REALLY affects the kids and how to circumvent these affects. Hint* it's not nearly as bad as you might think and is actually quite positive with the right approach. Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
A mom asks about what actually would be considered "violence" in media and how to watch out for and talk to children when they hear arguing or conflict in media or any thing else that could be construed as violence. Then a family on the move wants to know how to help prepare their preschooler who is very averse to change! Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
We hear a lot about strong-willed children. But what about those who give up easily on everything? Erin answers a mom's question about how to guide her child who is low in perseverance in order to become more persistent when tackling anything new that doesn't come easily. Next Erin answers a mom's question about when to step in and when she might want to ignore her preschooler when he/his friends are engaging in name calling. Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Children do better with schedules. It adds a sense of security and normalcy. But some children need schedules even more than others. Learn how to tell if yours is one of these children and how to support them, especially when things need to move around a bit, including tips for outings and vacations. Then the oh-so-common bedtime meltdowns. Erin covers the basic steps for all 3 bedtime methods so parents can decide which one fits them best and some must-know tips to make any of them more successful. Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Welcome to a special edition episode on co-parenting through divorce. This first episode covers is about self-care, coming to your own best decision and doing the emotional work to move forward as healthy as possible for a solid foundation for yourself, your kids and your soon-to-be-ex. If you aren't sure what you want yet, if you are questioning if you are still wanting to work it out, this episode may also offer insights and resources that you help you get clearer in your decision. Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Sometimes we want to protect our kids from life's difficulties, all out of love and well-meaning. But is it really in their best interest? Erin gets out of the box this week about facing our own struggles as parents to let our kids "step into the arena" and take risks and therefore risk failure, heartache and pain. Erin shares her thoughts on weighing helping kids take risks that can give them the courage to show who they are so they have opportunities to win big. How to help kids develop what they need to handle the failures when they fall. Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
A mom whats to know how to deal with disrespect in the form of demands and tone without going around and around. Erin gives some great general guidelines and six tips for teaching and setting respectful boundaries with young kids. Then 3 questions came in all about parents dealing with preschoolers/toddlers needing a lot of attention and it being a struggle with the continuing lockdown. So Erin gives some words of support and guidance for parents, especially of toddler but some for all parents during this time. Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Do you have questions or concerns about your kids returning to school and/or their exposure to COVID? Not sure how to get your child to wear a mask or the recommendations from the AAP? This week Erin has a special guest, Dr. Jennifer Variste, a pediatrician on the show to answer all our questions about weighing the pros and cons of back-to-school, and how to minimize our risk for our kids and our families. Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
What do you do with a preschooler who has a lot of perfectionistic tendencies and inflexibilty when it comes to expectations and outcomes of daily interactions and projects? Erin gives some great tips on helping kids learn to see mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow and how to become more flexible with the expectations from life's circumstances. Then she helps a mom who's son had an infection on his penis and is now averse to allowing anyone to even take a look at it. Erin gives steps for helping this mom and son on a path to healing and learning to trust other's help him get and stay healthy when needed. Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
How do you help a toddler who seems to cry about every little thing? Give a choice? Crying. 1-2-3? Crying. Offer dinner they don't like? Crying. What does a parent do? Erin covers the basics to look into first then goes into additional reasons some toddlers may be more prone to crying over upsets than others and how to help them develop their skills so everyone can be less exhausted and annoyed with all the meltdowns and crying! Also a quick answer for a mom who is asking about extreme separation anxiety and parental preference, even while home! Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
How do you break the habits in sleeping and bedtime when they've been going on for years? Can you do it with little to no tears? Adding complication, this step-parent wants to know if it's even possible given co-sleeping is still happening in the other parent's home? Then, how do you help a preschooler become more independent in their play? A tired mom, is looking for a little more me time! Erin gives some tips on this too! Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
A lot of parents struggle with toddlers and children who are overly persistent. But what do you do when your child gives up very easily on small tasks and barely even tries? How do help your child develop more tenacity? What about a toddler who is asking a lot about death, including her own? How do you be honest about death without scaring your child into being concerned about her own? Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
Comments (9)

Sorina Iordan

the most balanced parenting podcast I found so far. really love it, learned a lot from it! thank you!

Dec 20th

Shirin Rafiei

thanks for all the useful info. as a first time mom i a bit confused. my baby is 7 month. should i not say good job from this age for example for sitting or walking on his own? or there is a specific age i need to start avoiding praise?

Jun 7th

faith bwire

You can't shield you children from everything learning this but you can be as honest and frank and provide a safe environment.... I feel like this was the case in my childhood most things were swept under the rug for me but I can't forget something still I thank God that I have learnt Alot and still am as life is a journey.... Am raising a 5 year old my sister's son I can say it's just a great experience and eye opener making me am learning everyday and you have been of great help

May 18th

faith bwire

That's for making this podcasts it has really help me am Co-parenting

May 6th

faith bwire

Very relevant to me right now raising a 5 year old. Love this

May 3rd

Memo Fonseca

hello. I really wanted to here this one. I have almost 2 year old twins. but for some reason it will not play says cast box is unable to find source. any idea what I need to do?

Jan 30th


Do u have any podcasts on odd/add in kids and also explosive behavior

Sep 8th

Jonathan Crisp

great stuff, do you mind me sharing your episodes to my Facebook group, "how to switch to peaceful parenting "?

Mar 24th

Kim Phillips

This is my favorite parenting podcast! Her voice is easy to listen to, she tells us the science behind things, and I love that she is a therapist and parenting expert! Very helpful podcast, Thank you!

Feb 4th
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