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 Stop Power Struggles

How to Stop Power Struggles

Power struggles between parents and children happen. Most often power struggles happen when the parents expectations and abilities of the child in that moment are just not in sync. So often, your job as the parent is to keep a certain amount of order so that everyone is safe and well. That also means that … Continue reading »

Positive Parenting: How to Follow Through With Limits

Positive Parenting: How to Follow Through With Limits

Most parents have great intentions when they come up with limits and boundaries. Which rules to set and why they are important are usually clear.  The power struggles and negotiation start when parents find that  keeping those limits, following through, just doesn’t go so well. While most children will not actually admit to wanting or … Continue reading »

One Important Thing To Do About Bad Behavior

One Important Thing To Do About Bad Behavior

It’s easy and yes, very tempting to hold a grudge, lecture and recall past mistakes. The problem is if we don’t extend forgiveness and by that I mean, let that bad choice be addressed and then let it go, we harbor resentment.
Resentment leads to frustration, disconnection and more bad behavior. Continue reading »

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