Compassion and Understanding for Public Tantrums

Compassion and Understanding for Public Tantrums

Back-arching, jello legs, hitting, yelling, kicking, sobbing, throwing…a true melt-down or tantrum in progress…not very pretty nor fun and all while: …in the middle of the cereal aisle in the grocery store–maybe with various items launching themselves out of the cart like one parent mentioned of recent regarding a jar of orange juice…and another, a … Continue reading »

Understanding Big Kids’ Anger and Tantrums

Understanding Big Kids’ Anger and Tantrums

Has your four, five, six or even ten year old ever melted down into a pile of tears? Do you occasionally have to deal with anger fits of screaming, kicking or door slamming? Many parents worry about tantrums past toddlerhood. So, are tantrums after the age of three normal? Do big kids have tantrums too? Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist Katie … Continue reading »

Looking At Behavior Through A Different Lens

Looking At Behavior Through A Different Lens

I believe you’ll discover how you choose to respond to your child will be in ways that support and encourage and affirm them for who they are.
In return, they can feel empowered…and that child on the periphery may begin to move into the group and engage; the child that feels so deeply begins to understand and accept her feelings even more–allowing her to manage those feelings better and better; the eye-rolling/sarcastic stuff from your teen can lessen…and they may begin to open up about what is really troubling them; the button pushing turns into more cooperative behavior and you feel calmer and more patient daily Continue reading »

Teaching Your Child to Respectfully Disagree

Teaching Your Child to Respectfully Disagree

Maybe you’re from the “parent is always right” or “children should be seen and not heard” school of thought. If so, I would challenge you to examine how that is working for your relationship with your child. Conflict between a parent and a child sometimes stem from the child not feeling heard, valued or respected. I realize that you may not feel respected either. Taking steps to communicate respectfully may be a stride toward repairing the relationship. Continue reading »

Making A Win-Win Parenting Plan

Making A Win-Win Parenting Plan

How to Create A Plan to Help Children Overcome Unwanted Behavior  Often parents ask me how to stop frustrating behavior. “My daughter follows me around the house and talks incessantly.” “My toddler won’t stay in his bed at night.” “My child’s tantrums are driving me crazy.” One way to think about ongoing annoying behavior is that … Continue reading »

The Most Helpful Parenting Articles of 2014

The Most Helpful Parenting Articles of 2014

What was the most helpful parenting article you read in 2014? I couldn’t pick just one, so…. Here is a collection of the most helpful parenting articles of  2014 from fantastic parenting writers and educators covering topics like yelling, power struggles, behavior, picky eating, marriage, divorce, anxiety, smart phones, cyberbullying, and more,  plus some of the most … Continue reading »