Vicki Hoefle provides effective, real-life parenting education, coaching and advice through her blog, Duct Tape Parenting book, speaking series and classes.

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  1. I loved the book!
    Are there any more resources? Perhaps something to help encourage little ones to work on their chores? My 3.5 year old is capable but reticent. I’d like some concrete tips and suggestions for dealing with defiance! Thanks 🙂

  2. WWVD? What would Vicki do? Just dropped my daughter off at her last day of sports camp and she wore flip flops instead of sneakers so she can’t participate. Crying and asking me to drive home and get her sneakers. I told her no and drove to work. But I flat bad as another parent delivered his son and called out “Here, don’t forget your. Leafs too!” I know I am being a good mom by not driving home for her shoes – she is 8 years old by the way – but I’m feeling like a bad mom…

      1. I feel your pain! LOL. I was born in the 80’s, grew up in the 90’s, & have a 4 yr. & 6 yr old. When I was a kid, my dad was more of the “Duct Tape Parent”, but my mom was what I like to call a “Helicopter Rescue Pilot” parent. 😉 She would explain to us not only the dangers of doing something, but the *exact* way we could die from doing whatever crazy schem we were concocting, like jumping on a friend’s trampoline. Yeah. (Sigh.) So. Needless to say, me and my siblings survived, haha. But! I remember being 17 years old crossing a street to buy my own food from a fast-food restaurant & thinking, “This is the first time in my life I have ever crossed the street, alone, to buy something for myself,” and it hit me: I was 17! This isn’t normal! Lol. With my kids, I am very lucky that they intrinsicly (hereditarily?) have have their grandmother’s caution, but they think hard about doing things & make their own mistakes. In the long run, I know they will be better for it. So don’t worry. I bet you, next year at summer camp, that other kid is gonna forget his cleats. And your kid? She will never forget her shoes again! 🙂 Hang in there, mama! You’re doing great.

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