Children between the ages of 3 and 5 need a lot of loving guidance and positive discipline. Positive Parenting keeps the focus on connection, cooperation,  learning and growing together in these early years. Why follow positive parenting principles with your preschooler? Striving to have a caring, loving and respectful relationship with your preschool child now can have a big impact on your relationship for years to come.

So much is happening between the third and fifth year of your child’s life. Preschoolers benefit from a lot of play, discovery, and kind, respectful guidance. Discipline for three to five year olds can be positive and effective!

 Positive Parenting and Preschoolers

Six Super Helpful Ways To Keep Calm and Deal With Defiance

Six Super Helpful Ways To Keep Calm and Deal With Defiance

These Six Positive Parenting strategies can help you respond to your child when they are behaving in defiant, disrespectful or unhelpful ways. Children often act out when they are lost, fearful and in need of guidance. A child that is being defiant needs to reconnect with you and find his way back to calm. And until…

How To Reduce Power Struggles and Find More Happiness In The Holiday Season

How To Reduce Power Struggles and Find More Happiness In The Holiday Season

A store cashier asked my daughter recently, “Are you being a good girl for Santa?”  And then a few minutes later in the parking garage an elderly couple asked her same question. After a quick smile she turned to me.  Her face was all twisted up, eyes looking far away with a hint of overwhelm. The…

The Real Reason Kids Misbehave Again and Again – And How to Stop It

The Real Reason Kids Misbehave Again and Again – And How to Stop It

Why Children Misbehave And How To Help Them Do Better It was mid morning at playgroup and tension was rising between Theo, his mother and a phone. The phone was perfectly placed on the edge of a table. Peeking out just enough for tiny hands to want to reach up and touch. So Theo kept trying to do…

40 Questions That Get Kids Talking

40 Questions That Get Kids Talking

One great way to encourage children to open up is to make a habit of cherishing daily conversations with your child. Conversations build connection. When children feel connected to their parent, they are more likely to feel well and be cooperative. When we pause and listen, we can really get to know so much about our children….

How I Helped My Son Understand His Misbehavior Without Relying on Punishments

How I Helped My Son Understand His Misbehavior Without Relying on Punishments

When my son was four,  I took him on a day trip to sled and play in the snow.  It was a beautiful cold yet sunny day.  Up on a mountain,  with the alps in the background we climbed up and sled down a hill some 25 times in a row. When I was a feeling…

Positive Discipline For When Your Child Comes Home From School and Can’t Seem to Stop Misbehaving

Positive Discipline For When Your Child Comes Home From School and Can’t Seem to Stop Misbehaving

A day spent at  school can be a very rewarding experience for children.  A great school offers children plenty of opportunities to play, discover  and learn. On the same hand, the experiences at school combined with time away from home can sometimes lead to feelings of disconnection, discouragement  and overwhelm. Children can experience quite the emotional ups…

Encouraging Better Behavior By Creating A Calming Kit for Kids

Encouraging Better Behavior By Creating A Calming Kit for Kids

“Got anything I can smash around here?” asked my daughter with a crinkly face and closed fists. “I’m bursting with anger!! It’s about the boys you know!! UGH!! I want to smash them you hear me MAMA??!! SMASH THEM. But I walked away! I’m taking a breather! I can’t believe them. Can you? I mean…ugh!!!….” she…

How To Be An Encouraging Parent

How To Be An Encouraging Parent

Encouragement is about process and effort and can facilitate the development of a growth mindset. Encouragement offers an opportunity for a child to recognize their strengths, and allows them to grow an internal gague for how they are doing.

Helping Young Children Learn To Manage Anger, Aggression and Fear

Helping Young Children Learn To Manage Anger, Aggression and Fear

On a sunny, beautiful morning, Mariah was on the floor, in a pile of tears. Her little hands stretched wide reaching desperately for Jenny. More accurately, reaching for the apple and egg in Jenny’s hands. Because for Mariah, in that moment, only those two play food items were the right ones. All other toys in…

Ten Parenting Practices That Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Ten Parenting Practices That Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem

After jumping down from a  tree at the park my son stood up, did a little victory dance and then ran off to play on an obstacle course. It’s a pretty tricky course that requires balance, agility and coordination. It looked like it would take him a while to have it mastered. Sure enough my son struggled…

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