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Teenagers: Competent & Capable

Teenagers: Competent & Capable

Often the struggles we find ourselves caught in with our children can be eased by recognizing and honoring their age appropriate capabilities. And with their capable, competent selves appreciated and affirmed, we can now build a strong foundation for the future independent and successful adult we all hope for. Isnʼt this just what our parenting … Continue reading »

6 Tips for Parenting a Shy Child

This is a guest post by Olga Mecking I am a shy person and an introvert. I have three children one of which can be considered shy. If you find yourself in a similar situation, here are six tips, both from my own experience and from what I read on parenting a shy child: 1)      … Continue reading »

Do Consequences Actually Work?

Do Consequences Actually Work?

A time out may stop a child from spitting or hitting. The threat of “no TV” may get a child to pick up his clothing from the floor. But…can consequences help children learn what to do instead of spitting or hitting? Will the continuous use of punitive consequences motivate children to be less messy, noisy, … Continue reading »

Making Childhood Memories

Making Childhood Memories

Fostering peaceful and lasting childhood memories. Written by Rachel When you think back to your childhood, what do you remember most? Is it the good times or the bad. The times that you went on vacation or just the simple times at home? Making memories with your children does not have to be complex. However … Continue reading »

Connecting with Children Through Play

Connecting with Children Through Play

The importance of play doesn’t end there. Yes it’s enjoyable for them and yes play is important in child development but play also provides parents with a door to connect with their child on a deep level. I always love to say that I am hands on, this I feel sums up the play connection I am referring to. Engaging and being present in play is a hands-on way to establish a deep connection and strengthen a healthy relationship with your child. Continue reading »

Sticker Charts: Do All Kids Want One?

Sticker Charts: Do All Kids Want One?

why do so many people in charge of caring for and motivating children continue to use reward charts? Some things are inherently motivating to children, like loving attention, food, approval, affectionate touch, smiles and eye contact. However, these are precisely the things we should avoid using as rewards and punishments with our children if we want to show them our love is unconditional. Continue reading »

What’s Under the Angst?

It takes a lot more finesse and attention to help create safety in the exploration than it does to simply shut it down. Making mistakes with livable consequences are great ways to learn. The bummer about shutting down all crazy explorations is that kids will lose their own internal sense of how to create safety within the adventure Continue reading »

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