Regrets I Won’t Have

“A misbehaving child is a discouraged child.” – Amy McCready




I realized how little I played with my kids almost three years ago.  Sure, I took them to the park, made cookies with them, and went on an occasional date night, but I realized how little I PLAYED — Got down on the floor to play cars, tea party, make up, or kick a soccer ball around.

I conducted an interview with Amy McCready for the first Mom Conference.  I LOVED her approach to prevent hard and annoying behaviors (think teasing, whining, yelling, not listening, etc).  I wanted to learn more, so I took her course.  I honestly feel SO grateful that I did.  It helped me to kick start a few habits that have paid off big dividends in my family.  I wanted you guys to know about her program because it has been such a game changer for our family!

(Psst… At the end of this post, I include a free webinar with Amy. Click here to reserve your spot!)



One of the habits we started from her course was special time.  It is spending 10 minutes of uninterrupted time playing with each child. I had NO idea how much it meant to them to have one on one time playing with me.  We have been in the habit of implementing special time and a few of the tools Amy teaches for a couple of years now.  When we get out of the habit, I see it in their behavior.

In fact, just yesterday I was showing my son how to type in another color.  He was so impressed that you could write with different colors.  I told him we could send an email to someone in another color if he wanted to.  So he chose his Dad.  I helped him type out what he wanted to say.  Do you know what he said?

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Totally unprompted by me.  He could have written whatever he wanted to write.  That is how much it has meant to him.

It also means the world to my little girl, Skye.  In fact, when she is mad at me she will say “Fine, I am not going to do spa day, cook with you, play tea party, or pick you flowers anymore,” ha ha! Those are things we do in special time. That is how she feels connected and close to me, so she threatens to take those things away when she is mad.  I must admit that makes me laugh when she says that (not out loud or she would come undone).


I wrote Amy and told her how much she had changed my life.  I can rest easy knowing that I have spent that important quality time with my kids that is SO hard to find.  I will look back without regrets knowing I have jumped on the trampoline with them, built legos, played tea party, had my make up and nails done, played camp fire, kicked the soccer ball, and played countless games of sock tag…  among other things.

I knew before I started special time that those things were important, but between cooking, cleaning, the LAUNDRY, (Ugh!) I had a hard time actually making it happen.

Amy provided the system and the frame work for me to make it happen!

Not only have I really enjoyed that time and connection with them, but I have also noticed it makes my life SO much easier.  My kids are happier when we are doing it consistently. They don’t have to whine, tease, throw tantrums, or have melt downs because they are getting that positive attention they crave.  Not that things are perfect, but now I know the tools I can implement to make things better when they get off track.

This is just one of the many things that Amy teaches.  She has a whole program with an entire tool box (yes, a tool box!) full of amazing tools to help you be the Mom you want to (and can!) be.

Here are a few examples of tools you learn in Amy’s program:

  1. What two things every child needs to be happy and content (think less melt downs, whining, temper tantrums, and selective hearing).
  2. What phrase will diffuse a power struggle.
  3. How to make your child feel really loved.  This is crucial.  We KNOW that we love them, but despite doing their laundry, cooking, running them places they STILL don’t KNOW that we love them.
  4. How to set limits and consequences that are fair and that WORK.
  5. How to get your child to REALLY listen.
  6. Tips for tear free mornings.
  7. What to do if you have a picky eater.
  8. Help with ending entitlement.

Motherhood is HARD, but with the right tools we can actually ENJOY it.

Amy webinar

That is why I have teamed up with Amy to do a free webinar which will go over some of her best tips.  I promise it is well worth an hour of your time!  You will learn more about the program, and can purchase it during the webinar (which I HIGHLY recommend that you do!) OR you can just come listen (it’s free!) and get some tools  that will really help you as a Mom. Whatever your intention is, I promise it is worth your time.

Join me and Amy next Tuesday, March 1st at 1 pm EST to learn some new tips and tricks that will make you a better Mom. Click here to reserve your spot. Oh, and you will also get a thank you gift from Amy for attending the webinar – A Free Report: Top 5 Tips for Battling Backtalk Every Parent Needs.  See you there!



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8 Responses to Regrets I Won’t Have

  1. Cynthia says:

    Excellent points. It is so important to drop everything else and simply focus on the ones we love. We all need this kind of attention, but when we give this to our little children, it aids in their development as secure and happy people.

    My kids are pretty much grown up, but I still take the time to be with them and give them my undivided attention. It keeps our relationship strong and growing.

  2. jane says:

    Hi there, I just signed up for the webinar. Thanks! It looks like amazing information. It’s right in the middle of preschool pickup in my time zone, however, so I’m wondering if you’ll send out a link to a recording afterwards so I can listen. Thanks.

    • Desi says:

      Hi Jane! You will LOVE it. Yes we will send out a recording to all those who registered. So you will get it!

  3. Robin says:

    Looking forward to learning more from you!

  4. Christine says:

    I can only imagine how much work went into the organization of the mom conference event and want to thank you for it! I am sure I am not the only one hoping you’ll make another one happen someday 🙂

    • Desi says:

      Hi Christine! We are doing another Mom Conference in October!!!! Yay. Yes it was a labor of love, but I LOVED doing it!

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