Discipline When Young Children Become Aggressive

Discipline When Young Children Become Aggressive

Positive Parenting help  for aggressive toddlers and preschoolers When a young child acts aggressively it is typically a sign that she is feeling upset, scared, overwhelmed and has unmet needs. In that moment, your child is  unable to express herself in an appropriate, calm way. To help children learn to better respond to overwhelm and … Continue reading »

How To Stop Toddler Defiance

How To Stop Toddler Defiance

Defiant toddlers are sometimes labeled as toddlers having behavior problems.  The good news is that in most cases*, toddler defiance is  just a sign of healthy development.  What’s more,  toddlers that like to say NO and “put their foot down” are not only developing well, they are actively exploring their emotional intelligence. Mauren Healy, author and expert on highly sensitive children … Continue reading »

How to Stress Proof Your Parenting for a Happy Holiday Season

How to Stress Proof Your Parenting for a Happy Holiday Season

The holiday season can be a big trap for stress and parenting self-sabotage. For the next several weeks, you may have high expectations for good, cooperative behavior.  You may get tired of fielding requests for big, expensive or so very many gifts. Comments from relatives at family gatherings may trigger self-doubt.  Little elves on shelves eagerly waiting to report … Continue reading »

How to Get Kids To Listen Without Yelling

How to Get Kids To Listen Without Yelling

Many parents I work with confess to yelling at their kids upwards of ten times a day. Parents say they do this most of all because they want their children to listen but they get zero cooperation. When promises, pleading and threats no longer work, yelling can feel like the only option. Especially if time is … Continue reading »

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 »