Now that Karen has learned the ropes of motherhood, she's got some tricks she's willing to share. "I think the best way to discipline is for your kid to think that you're just a little bit crazy," she says. "You've got to make them think that this might be the moment that Mom finally loses it."
Karen says she came up with her new method when she once threatened to take away all of her daughter's toys. "Of course she didn't believe me, so she [misbehaved] again and I didn't even yell. ... I went in and cleaned out her room. There wasn't so much as a Lego left," she says. A day later, Karen put the toys back, but she says those 24 hours did the trick. "Now, all I have to do is get that sort of wild I'm-gonna-take-all-your-toys-away look in my eye, and she straightens up."