5 Questions to Ask Before Holding or Letting a Limit Go

5 Questions to Ask Before Holding or Letting a Limit Go

Setting effective limits instead of using punishment when children misbehave. There are times when setting a limit is necessary to help a child understand what is safe, acceptable and welcomed behavior. Sometimes children will challenge limits, cry, protest or otherwise express how upset they feel about a limit. This is alright.  Other times, you may originally want … Continue reading »

Clingy Toddlers are Not Spoiled

Clingy Toddlers are Not Spoiled

Toddler brains are just not mature enough to really know safe from unsafe just yet. Not even at age three or five are children’s brains fully mature enough to really respond well to distress, real or imagined. Clingy toddlers, don’t cling forever. When reassured, loved, and cared for in this stage, toddlers may blossom into confident, capable, happy children. Continue reading »

Stop Yelling with These Two Parenting Tools

Stop Yelling with These Two Parenting Tools

  Driving back from the second day of school, my two boys started to tease each other and bicker.  Determined not to yell at them and having just spotted  the recycling center parking lot,  I pulled into that lot, took out my book and started reading.  Within seconds and without prompting, they had stopped, apologized … Continue reading »

How to move your child from “I can’t” to “I’m capable”

How to move your child from “I can’t” to “I’m capable”

The “I can’t” stage is a tough one. Parents often feel torn about how to handle these two words. Some parents feel that they should step right in and help because it is their parental duty. Others feel that those two words are unacceptable and that their child must at least “try.” The optimal way to … Continue reading »

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