Author Archives: Ariadne Brill

How To Discipline Toddler Misbehavior Using Time In instead of Time Out

How To Discipline Toddler Misbehavior Using Time In instead of Time Out

Time Out is no longer recommended for managing toddler misbehavior. Here is a step by step guide on how to use Time In when disciplining your child.  Your hair fell off mama. I caught it for you. That’s what I heard one morning as I was waking up. Before me, stood my 2.5 year old, scissors in one… Continue Reading

How to Discipline when your Child Tells Tall-Tales, Fibs and Lies

How to Discipline when your Child Tells Tall-Tales, Fibs and Lies

Understanding why children tell lies and how to discipline in a way that fosters honesty and healthy development. “My room was full of flying dragons last night, they knocked over the books, not me!” Children often tell fibs, stretch a tale and blame mysterious creatures for misbehaviour. Lying, is actually a sign of intelligence. While… Continue Reading

Grow Your Child’s Mind: How to Raise A Critical Thinker

Grow Your Child’s Mind: How to Raise A Critical Thinker

The parenting style that supports the development of critical thinking skills in childhood  “Mom. I made a mistake”said my seven year old. As the word mistake echoed around the two of us, I noticed my son’s scrunched up face. He was clearly worried so I sat down. Shoulder to shoulder with my son I said  “I’m listening.” “I’m… Continue Reading

Child Discipline: Patience and Warmth are More Likely to Stop Misbehavior Than Threats and Anger

Child Discipline: Patience and Warmth are More Likely to Stop Misbehavior Than Threats and Anger

Discipline for Children: Three effective ways to stay patient and talk so your child will listen and cooperate. Discipline for children is most effective when it’s aimed at creating cooperation and a sense of trust and respect. When parents focus on using discipline strategies that are respectful and positive, children thrive and grow well. One… Continue Reading

25 Questions That Get Kids to Talk About School

25 Questions That Get Kids to Talk About School

What are you looking forward to learning in school tomorrow/this month/this year? Talking to children about school gives us a really wonderful opportunity to discover how our children are doing, adjusting, learning and getting along with peers and teachers. So, has your child shared a special moment about school with you this year? Continue Reading

10 Positive Parenting Tips For More Family Happiness

10 Positive Parenting Tips For More Family Happiness

Positive parenting can bring real joy into your home, improve cooperation and listening. There are many benefits to choosing a positive approach to parenting.  Several studies have shown that children feel safe and grow confident when parents treat them with respect and kindness (especially when correcting behaviors). These Ten Positive Parenting Tips can bring your… Continue Reading

Positive Parenting Tips for Easing Daily Transitions with Your Toddler

Positive Parenting Tips for Easing Daily Transitions with Your Toddler

Inside: How to Help Your Toddler Transition Well From One Activity to the Next without Tantrums It was time to close up playgroup, a classic toddler transition time that often ends up with one or more children crying. On this day it was no different. A little boy sat on a mini blue trike, holding… Continue Reading

Three Alternatives to Punishment That Help Your Child Do Better

Three Alternatives to Punishment That Help Your Child Do Better

Inside: Discover alternatives to punishment that help your child do better when they are misbehaving. When children are misbehaving, like using back talk, hitting a sibling or refusing to go to bed it might feel challenging to address the situation without resorting to punishments like time out, yelling or grounding. Children benefit from discipline and… Continue Reading

5 Powerful Questions For Setting Limits on Your Child’s Behavior

5 Powerful Questions For Setting Limits on Your Child’s Behavior

Inside: Five questions to help you set limits instead of using punishment when your child misbehaves. “I have tried using warnings, time outs and taking my son’s toys away when he acts out, hits his sister and just overall doesn’t listen to me but it doesn’t work. I hear a lot about setting limits but I… Continue Reading

Consequences Might Be Keeping Your Child Stuck Misbehaving

Consequences Might Be Keeping Your Child Stuck Misbehaving

Inside: Consequences can keep children feeling discouraged and stuck on misbehaving. Discover positive alternatives that help children behave well. Late in the afternoon, on the way home from school, my son took hold of my hand and started talking softly. He spoke so quietly, I could tell something unusual was going on. “I got kicked… Continue Reading

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